Reflecting on 2013’s Quarter 1
With the first quarter of the year done and dusted, we feel it important to reflect on the current state of the market and the potential projections for months ahead. Whilst it’s fair to say we experienced a relatively slow start to the year, we’re pleased to see that HR job posting across the industry has increased by 8% compared to the previous quarter (Indeed, 2013).
Hiring Trends to be prepared for:
When considering the recruitment market on the whole, as ever there are certain skill sets more in demand; depending on environmental pressures / requirements. According to Indeed (2013), the following expertise are going to be highly desired for many businesses; it’s advised that organisations seeking these skills get pipelining now to prevent getting involved in a talent war!
- HTML 5
- Mobile App
Additionally, demand for marketing professionals is reported as being incredibly high. Overall permanent placement figures within this industry have been reduced by a 1/5 within the last three months, however actual job openings have grown by 1%; highlighting a scarcity of suitable talent (APSCo, 2013).
The Wider Market and Unemployment:
The number of people out of work has risen by 70,000 to 2.56 million from December 2012 to February 2013, the worst quarterly rise since Autumn 2011 (The Telegraph, 2013). And it seems that women have borne the brunt, as reports highlight that 45,000 ‘stay-at-home’ mums have been forced to look for work and 32,000 fewer women are unable to retire due to the state pension age rise.
Based on Indeed’s market tracking, we can reveal the most desirable and undesirable geographic locations to seek work. Data is presented in the form of ratios and is based on: the number of available jobs vs. the number of unemployed people.
London is noted as having an even ratio of 1:1, amongst other large cities including: Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham.