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UK recruiters increasingly look to Australian and NZ professionals

UK recruiters increasingly look to Australian and NZ professionals
The number of UK recruiters looking to hire Australian and New Zealand professionals has increased significantly since the end of 2009, as recruiters struggle to source appropriate candidates locally in many sectors. Seek.co.uk, a niche employment website for UK businesses and recruitment agencies to source and target Australian and NZ professionals, has recorded a 41% increase in the number of job postings since December 2009. Seek.co.uk has also seen a 49% increase in candidate search traffic in over the same period.
Sectors where recruiters are actively seeking professionals from Australia and New Zealand include: Hospitality, IT, Accounting, Administration, Healthcare and Medical, Trades and Services, Education, Sales and Marketing and Construction.
Emma Blood, Sales Manager at SEEK UK, commented: The rise in the number of job postings on seek.co.uk is a sign that in candidate-short sectors Australian and NZ professionals are an attractive alternative. The rise in candidate search traffic also highlights that more Australian and NZ professionals are regaining the confidence to embark on the Working Holiday experience in the UK. 2009 market conditions, changes to visa laws and a fluctuating exchange rate definitely led to a reduction in the number of Australians and New Zealanders entering the UK, but we are starting to see a reversal in that trend.
SEEK UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of SEEK Limited. SEEK Limited is the leader in the online employment and training market in Australia and New Zealand. SEEK enjoys a formidable lead over its nearest competitor in terms of both job ad and jobseeker numbers. According to data from Nielsen/NetRatings, in May 2010 SEEK attracted over 3.98 million unique browsers to its site which is 147% more than its nearest competitor. Of the total time spent by jobseekers on the three major Australian employment sites, 80% of that time is spent on SEEK.

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