Slow but steady growth in UK hiring demand
Slow but steady growth in UK hiring demand for language speakers as confidence grows for 2010
The end of 2009 saw slow but steady growth in the UK recruitment market, as organisations looked forward to a more positive 2010. Thats according to the new European Hiring Trends report from multilingual recruiter Euro London Appointments. French and German remained the most popular languages, although there has also been a strong demand for Dutch and Scandinavian languages.
Activity from the recruiters offices in London, the Thames Valley and Manchester showed that most sectors experienced small improvements, whilst demand grew for sales and marketing professionals, especially in the digital marketing arena. This is a direct result of businesses looking to boost business development, particularly with organisations overseas. iGaming and betting remained a buoyant sector throughout 2009.
According to the report, a common trend has been the continued lack of high quality candidates on the market. With a high number of employers assuming that the recession had created a huge pool of talent to hire from, many of them attempted to source new recruits themselves. Employers have also been far less flexible about their requirements. However quantity does not equate to quality and employers have found that the strong candidates have held onto their positions and been unwilling to move in times of such uncertainty.
Over the last few months we have seen slow but sure progress in many sectors including accounting, legal and even financial services comments Managing Director of Euro London Appointments, Steve Shacklock. As business confidence grows and more and more companies increase their permanent headcounts this year, we will also see more candidates willing to make the move, leading to a boost in recruitment activity. As the recovery gets underway it will be even more crucial for organisations to recruit linguists in order to conduct business with global markets.