Popular Scots Comment
Popular Scots Comment
Darren Montagu, Managing Director at Hays in Scotland, comments on the new survey from Scottish Enterprise TalentScotland, which found that Scotland is the most popular destination in the UK for international jobseekers:
"Despite the fact that Scotland's economy won't recover overnight, this research shows that Scotland remains a popular destination for global job-seekers - and that we can still attract key talent from overseas. Our cities are seen as good places to live and work, and, as a whole, people see Scotland as a country which offers high value jobs and good opportunities to progress their careers.
There are areas of resilience that are creating job opportunities. For example, within financial services people with experience in implementing the new regulatory systems are in demand and internal auditors are sought after across Scotland. In retail banking, employers will be looking for people with excellent relationship management skills and strong credit skills. Professionals who can develop new business leads and have a good track record in sales are finding themselves in demand from major retail banks and building societies.
That said, skill shortages are apparent in some areas across both the private and public sectors and there is a clear need to source and attract high quality candidates to support industry apprenticeships in engineering, technology, oil and gas and construction in order to counter an ageing workforce.
Scotland very much takes the lead in the energy industry. Overall it is strong and although we are seeing more jobs, there are some skills gaps that can't be filled with local talent and will offer fantastic opportunities for the right international candidates. Employers are seeking energy professionals with technical degree qualifications, such as mechanical, electrical, chemical and structural engineering degrees and many companies offer support to staff in obtaining post-graduate qualifications. For example, Robert Gordon University offers oil and gas specific courses, including an MBA in oil and gas management.
As talent comes from overseas it will build confidence and should enable Scottish employers to invest in essential skills and training, as well as helping to sustain, improve and grow businesses across the country by making it even more attractive to workers from both the domestic and global marketplace."