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Morgan McKinley publishes September London Employment Monitor

London Employment Monitor September 2014 highlights:

      Year-on-year figures show a 7% increase in City job opportunities

      25% year-on-year increase in number of professionals actively seeking a new role

      19% month-on-month increase in number of professionals actively seeking a new role

      Salaries increased by 19% on average for those securing new jobs in September 2014*

City recruitment shows signs of recovery from summer slowdown as hiring levels move in the right direction

The September 2014 London Employment Monitor demonstrates that City recruitment is back on track again following its summer slowdown, with the number of vacancies up 7% in September with 7,905 roles, compared to 7,371 in September 2013.

The increase in the number of professionals actively seeking new roles points to a mood of optimism in the City employment market. Professionals looking for new career opportunities increased to 8,837 in September 2014, from 7,404 in August 2014, signifying a 19% month-on-month increase.  The annual increase is even stronger, with a 25% hike in those pursuing new roles compared with September 2013.

Hakan Enver, Operations Director, Morgan McKinley Financial Services, commented:

“September has been a busy month for City recruitment.  The market has bounced back as we predicted after last month’s temporary contraction in recruitment attributed to the summer holiday season.  There is continued confidence within the financial services sector, with our annual data showing that City job availability is up a healthy 7% compared with this time last year. This echoes the latest data from the ONS, which shows that the UK is recovering faster than expected, with GDP rising 0.9% during the second quarter, 3.2% higher than during the same period in 2013.”

“The late August bank holiday, which saw professionals extending their breaks into the first week of September, had a marginal impact on the number of vacancies, with a 1% decrease, but the bigger picture is positive.  Similarly, with regards to institutions that may have been impacted by the Scottish Referendum, hiring managers proceeded with caution when releasing roles in the first two weeks of September.  But following this slow start to the month we witnessed a drive in activity during the last fortnight.”

“In terms of the number of people actively seeking new jobs, we saw an increase this month of 19% compared to August 2014 and a larger 25% increase year-on-year. This remains in line with our previous predictions for September and can be attributed to two factors – firstly an increase in the number of EU professionals wishing to relocate to the UK, particularly those from France. According to a new report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, EU migrants also offer growing UK businesses levels of experience and commitment that make them extremely attractive to employers. Secondly, we find that towards the close of the holiday season, many professionals seek the opportunity to assess their careers, which naturally leads to an increase in candidate numbers. There are tremendous opportunities for people seeking jobs in London with recent statistics from ONS showing that the total number of employees in London has risen by 10.6 % between 2009 and 2013 to 4.58m.”

“Despite this positive news, challenges remain, in particular, Eurozone economic sentiment has fallen to its lowest level in 10 months on the back of falling consumer confidence, which has heightened the risk of a further recession. We are also yet to see the impact of the creation of a capital markets union, which is high on the agenda for the EU, and how this will affect the London financial markets.”

Salaries up by 19% with HR professionals demanding higher salaries due to skills shortages

The average salary increase for those securing new jobs in September 2014 was 19%, compared to 17% in August 2014.


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