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Recruitment Job Market Trends

We’ve noticed a few trends emerging recently in the recruitment marketplace, so if you’re looking for a new recruitment role make sure you’re on top of the current job market!
Mobile Recruitment
Unless you’ve been living in a parallel universe where the internet hasn’t been invented yet, you’re probably aware that mobile recruitment is on the rise. Our site has been no different, with mobile visits to careersinrecruitment.com up by 72% on last year. So if you’re currently preparing for an interview, make sure you’ve got some great ideas for mobile – it’s a surefire way to demonstrate your knowledge of the current market.
Overseas Recruitment
Our Overseas Recruitment section has seen the biggest rise in activity over the past month, of all the job categories we have. Not only are recruitment consultancies expanding into overseas markets, but we Brits are more open to relocation it seems. Holiday hangover? We’ll be keeping an eye on this trend to see if it continues…
The Biggest Loser
Of all the locations on our site, the one to see the biggest drop in interest is Leicester. Compared to last year there are far fewer recruitment jobseekers visiting this area of our site, but there are also less jobs advertised here than the vast majority of other locations around the country. There are currently more recruitment roles advertised on careersinrecruitment.com in Australia than there are Leicester – which demonstrates our last 2 points perfectly!

We’ve noticed a few trends emerging recently in the recruitment marketplace, so if you’re looking for a new recruitment role make sure you’re on top of the current job market!

Mobile Use On The Up

Mobile Recruitment

Unless you’ve been living in a parallel universe where the internet hasn’t been invented yet, you’re probably aware that mobile recruitment is on the rise. Our site has been no different, with mobile visits to careersinrecruitment.com up by 72% on last year. So if you’re currently preparing for an interview, make sure you’ve got some great ideas for mobile – it’s a surefire way to demonstrate your knowledge of the current market.

Overseas Recruitment

Our Overseas Recruitment section has seen the biggest rise in activity over the past month, of all the job categories we have. Not only are recruitment consultancies expanding into overseas markets, but we Brits are more open to relocation it seems. Holiday hangover? We’ll be keeping an eye on this trend to see if it continues…

The Biggest Loser

Of all the locations on our site, the one to see the biggest drop in interest is Leicester. Compared to last year there are far fewer recruitment jobseekers visiting this area of our site, but there are also less jobs advertised here than the vast majority of other locations around the country. There are currently more recruitment roles advertised on careersinrecruitment.com in Australia than there are Leicester – which demonstrates our last two points perfectly!

UK job recruitment fell in December for third month in a row

UK job recruitment fell in December for third month in a rowThe number of people who were placed into permanent jobs by UK recruitment agencies fell for a third month in a row in December.

According to the Irish Examiner, a study by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in Britain also showed that there had been a dip in temporary and contract staff, which was the first reduction in over two years.

Also, for the first time in a year, the pay rates for temporary staff fell slightly last month; however, pay remained around the same mark for permanent staff.

The report is based on around 400 recruitment firms in the UK and it revealed that there was a large increase in the number of people seeking work.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “The report highlights a third month of contraction in permanent placements and a reduction in the use of temps for the first time in more than two years.

“There are clearly signs of decline but we are nowhere near the lows seen in 2009 when the market deteriorated at a drastically faster rate than we are seeing today.

“Employers are still hiring and using temps in large numbers. However, they are starting the year on a cautious note and are taking their time to make workforce decisions.

“The quicker the eurozone sovereign debt crisis is resolved and we get some economic visibility, the better it will be for employer confidence and the UK jobs market.

“Overall, the cautiousness in hiring seems to be driven by a lack of confidence in the wider economic situation than a significant downturn in demand.”

KPMG, was one of the companies which helped with the report and Bernard Brown of KPMG, said: “It is a huge concern to see temporary placements falling in tandem with permanent employment opportunities, making it difficult to be optimistic about the employment market in 2012.

“The decline in temporary roles, seen for the first time in almost two-and-a-half years, is a clear indication that businesses are too nervous to even make short-term commitments, given the continued uncertainty across the eurozone and so much talk of a tough year ahead.”

Hastings Direct to create 200 new jobs this year

Hastings Direct to create 200 new jobs this yearAccording to The Recruiter, insurance retailer Hastings Direct has announced that it will be creating 200 new jobs this year.

The new jobs are thanks to the continued growth from its car, home, van and bike insurance divisions and the company is also planning to start college and university leaver job schemes, although these wont begin until later in the year.

The company released a statement which said: The new positions will come “across the jobs spectrum from entry level to senior management”.

The 200 jobs created this year will be on top of the 400 new jobs that were created in 2011 when the company trebled its profits and grew by 30%.

All applicants must be aged over 18, and the firm says it is open to consider job sharing and part-time workers.

Amanda Menahem, the firm’s HR director, told The Recruiter: “As our business expands, we need to fill roles in all areas from finance to facilities, IT, marketing and our call centres.

“We are committed to growing our people and continue to invest heavily in staff development; we have doubled our leadership and development programme and will create college leaver and graduate schemes later in the year.”

High-end job sectors have high demand for staff

High-end jobs sectors currently have a strong demand for staff, according to benefits specialist Thomsons Online Benefits. Human resources professionals have said that some employers could dial up their staff benefits in an attempt to attract new talent.

The recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) was told by a number of experts that the jobs market will continue to vary by region and sector in 2012, but the high-end sectors will show strong demand for staff.

West Midlands regional director for the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, Philip Delaloye, said that the engineering sector will see plenty of job creation.

He also mentioned that in his area, Jaguar Land Rover are currently planning to employ hundreds more staff in its Solihull site and are looking to potentially build a new engine plant in Wolverhampton, which will, in turn, create even more jobs.

The expert also looked at the aerospace industry; new technology and renewable businesses which will contribute to job creation.

“In these high-end and high-skilled sectors employers will be looking for both contract and permanent engineers. This is certainly the feedback we are getting from a number of clients in the Midlands and the south of England,” Mr Delaloye told Thompsons Online Benefits.

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Business sector recruiting more than any other

Business man    Mish SukharevAccording to a new study, the business sector is recruiting more than any other industry, says The Grapevine.

Barclay Meade’s Tracking UK Recruitment report has suggested that over half of businesses in the sector are recruiting at above pre-recession levels. The actual figure is 56% which is an increase from 48% in the previous quarter.

It is also interesting that recruitment freezes in the business centre have fallen to 10%, which is the lowest of all the industry sectors.

Nigel Lynn, Managing Director at Barclay Meade, told The Grapevine: “While recruitment in many industry sectors has stagnated in recent months, the business services sector has shown greater resilience to waning business confidence.”

There are, however, fears of a double-dip recession, which have risen. Now, 33% are saying that it will be a barrier to recruitment as opposed to 23% in Q2 2011.

Lynn went on to say: “Looking forward, the wider UK economy will rely heavily on sectors demonstrating growth and resilience, and businesses services may be one of those bright spots, driving economic revival and growth.

“Either way, more still needs to be done to ensure the recruitment industry is catering for the specific needs of the business services sector and doing everything it can to support managers by delivering the right candidates for the right positions at the right time.”

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Etsio the company which allows you to pay for an internship targets the recruitment industry

The chief executive of Etsio.com, a company which co-ordinates arrangements in which interns sometimes pay employers to do work experience, has said that he wants to build a network of recruitment agencies across the UK.

According to the Recruiter, interns can pay as much as £200 for a day of work experience as part of the scheme.

Etsio.com chief executive Kit Sadgrove told the Recruiter: “I would hope we would have an agency in every city and large town in the UK that would allow people to find out what working in a recruitment agency is like.

“It opens up the opportunity of working with recruitment consultancies because it [hiring staff] is a hassle for them, and it makes it worthwhile if they get some money in return.”

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