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Media and entertainment sectors see 40% upswing in hiring levels

Media and entertainment sectors see 40% upswing in hiring levels
A new report suggests that there has been a healthy upswing in hiring across the media and entertainment sectors across a range of job functions.
Permanent vacancy levels within media and entertainment across all the main business functions: Sales marketing and digital HR office support finance legal and executive search, have risen by almost 40% in January when compared with the average totals across November and December. Temporary roles have decreased slightly which is not surprising given the healthy increase in permanent vacancies.
This is according to specialist media and entertainment recruiter Handle which has just released the first of a regular quarterly report which tracks the percentage increase/decrease across all of its specialist disciplines.
Marketing roles have increased by 20% with vacancies on both the client and agency side. The digital space is obviously huge, says Dominic Warman, who heads up Handles Marketing Division, particularly within media and entertainment and there is a real need for specialists to help organisations understand how consumers interact with content and then build meaningful and relevant relationships with those consumers. But there is also a real demand for professionals with not only creative flair but insight and analysis - people who can really add value to the bottom line. Average salaries increased from 34,000 to 40,000 suggesting a trend towards more senior hires.
Support roles have seen an even bigger upswing - 57% in January compared with the average across November and December. This is seen as a positive trend suggesting that increasing workloads are driving demand for experienced administrative and office support staff. Average salaries were fairly static at around the 24k mark. HR roles have seen an 11% increase.
Finance departments are also recruiting heavily within the media and entertainment sectors and January has seen a 50% increase in vacancies compared with November and December although average salaries have remained stable at around 34k. Because of our industry specialisms we are seeing demand for royalties and production accountants for film and music and TV companies as well as financial analysis and modelling roles, says Tom Chadwick who heads up the finance division.
Commenting on the results of this report, Peter Tafler, Managing Director said: While there is no doubt that it is still a very competitive job market, our core markets of TV, film music and media are undoubtedly in the market for talent


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