Recruitment News Jan 15

Figures released from Astbury Marsden have shown an 18% increase in the availably of jobs in the city in 2014. Out of a total of over 33,000 job positions created in 2014, 924 of those were in December. Adam Jackson, Director at Astbury Marsden warns that “what we are seeing is far from a return to the aggressive hiring seen before the financial crisis”. He urges employees to be wary about seeking new employment if they were unhappy with their annual bonus claiming that the “hiring market is not buoyant enough to support a mass surge of people changing jobs’.
Recruitment International, January 2015

The most recent UK staffing trends survey has discovered that social networking is now an important tool for recruiters and has led to the decline of internet C.V. databases. According to the 1,994 ‘staffing decision makers’ who were surveyed, finding the right and talented candidates was difficult due to ‘shallow talent pools’.
Recruitment International, January 2015

The most in demand skills for 2014 have been analysed and published by LinkedIn. LinkedIn based the results on the skills listed by people who either moved job or came up in a search conducted by a recruiter.  The skills that topped the list were science, technology, engineering, storage and retrieval and big data.
The Global Recruiter, December 2014

Data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that unemployment levels have decreased over a three month period to October.  Both the private sector and manufacturing and business services sectors saw wage growth. The last year has seen a rise in employment with full time jobs responsible for 95% of this growth.  Although these figures seem promising, Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna remarks ‘ “But the recovery is more nuanced than it first appears. Although jobseekers outnumber available positions, there are not enough skilled workers to meet demand in booming sectors like Manufacturing and IT. Many of the jobs created over the last month have been seasonal slots to support customer service roles over the Christmas period. And the real wage increase is being helped by uncertainty in the Eurozone, and falling oil prices, which have forced inflation to artificially low levels.”
Recruitment International, December 2014

Towers Watson has announced that the UK has the lowest ‘base-level professional pay’ in Europe, currently standing at £27,199. Britain fares slightly better with middle-management wages which are now ranked at seventh place.
HR Magazine, December 2014