Roles Coming On The TeamJobs Radar & An Economic Look

Roles Coming On The TeamJobs Radar & An Economic Look

Let’s share with you what we are seeing from a recruitment perspective as we hit the midway point of the year and also roles that are seeing a demand. The labour market is bouncing back, particularly with permanent job placements.

Research and analysis firm IHS Markit stated (May 6th) that the UK service sector recorded its fastest growth in more than seven years during April as retailer and hospitality reopened after lockdown. Is this representative of other sectors?

Michelle Mitchell, engineering and automotive manager, is seeing an increase in demand within engineering and automotive, “Whilst what I am finding is from a business level, is the recent weeks and months have seen a lot of activity within the engineering market, such as high-level assembly roles. Within the automotive division, we are seeing a demand for technicians and mechanics. It is noticeable.”

Sectors that are also seeing a notable increase include telecoms and e-commerce. Sally Bennett, senior consultant, says, “I have seen a rise in admin support and also customer service. You can see that the cogs are moving again. For instance, procurement people that were affected from 2020 are now in demand with the added responsibility to those who manage the supply chain from the UK to overseas and vice versa and the intricacies of Brexit. Societal shifts have also seen a demand for removal porters for removal companies and the introduction of the stamp duty holiday.”

Vicki Reeks, industrial manager, identifies the shift that has happened for many businesses. “During 2020 companies protected themselves and their staff by becoming much leaner than they ever have been. As demand is rising for services within various sectors, there is the need to recruit again. The jobs are out there.” 

“Another shift is moving from a client-driven market, which was prevalent in 2020 to a candidate-driven market. There is never an even balance, as industries will either have too many candidates and not enough jobs, or too many jobs and not enough candidates. This will never change and every recruiter needs to demonstrate their value.”

Confidence is rising, the latest UK Report on Jobs, produced for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG, indicated demand for employees grew rapidly in March driven by marked increases in both permanent and temporary vacancies.

As we enter the summer months, as each month progresses it means we all look beyond the pandemic. Businesses need to be ready to rise to the challenge that awaits.