Macildowie experiences busiest month in its 24 year history
Macildowie has announced January 2017 as the busiest month in its 24-year history.
The company has reported a 73% rise in total enquiries for the month, compared to January 2016. It also surpassed its previous record month in February 2016, by 14%.
The new ‘Macildowie One’ process has also been launched. This is aimed at helping businesses to secure the very best talent in the market, ahead of their competitors and in a fraction of the time. It allows a direct comparison of candidates, who are interviewed all in one day, removing the labour intensive element of the recruitment process from hiring managers. Since its launch, a 98% fill rate for clients has be recorded, with an average fill time from initial briefing to offer acceptance of 7 working days.
James Taylor (pictured), managing director of Macildowie, which operates in Nottingham, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Derby, has also revealed a number of key predictions for 2017.
He said, “The Nottingham office has already arranged more than 400 new candidate meetings since the start of 2017 and predicts this trend of high enquiry levels to continue over the coming months.
“Opportunities across Nottingham’s traditional markets including retail, professional services and manufacturing, are expected to be in particularly high demand over the next 12 months, in addition to the growth of technology businesses, which will create more positions.
“Professionals across the retail, construction and engineering sectors expect to be heavily sought after in Leicester in 2017 with HR, finance and accountancy specialists at the helm of enquiries. The company warns that local businesses may have to work hard to retain their current members of staff due to the wealth of other opportunities available in the city.
“Macildowie expects the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy to be felt heavily across Leicestershire once introduced at the beginning of April.
“With the Milton Keynes job market continuing to grow at a rate significantly above the UK average, Macildowie has opened a new, bigger office to cope with increased client and candidate demands.
“In 2016, the consultancy witnessed a 20 per cent rise in candidate registrations by HR and finance professionals. It expects the growth of existing large businesses and the start-up of new SMEs in Milton Keynes to provide considerable levels of opportunity across all levels of seniority.
“Macildowie predicts that a skills gap in the Northampton jobs market is predicted to pave the way for more young people to get on the career ladder in 2017.
“Junior and interim roles across a number of core specialist areas, including finance, are expected to grow as companies struggle to recruit more experienced professionals to their ranks. This, coupled with the Apprenticeship Levy, is predicted to drive higher levels of youth employment in the town.
“The Derby market is particularly buoyant across a range of industry sectors, in particular with a focus on manufacturing. Demand from established firms including Rolls Royce, Bombardier and Toyota are supplemented by an array of SMEs from within the manufacturing and engineering companies, many of which operate globally.
“Over the next few months, Macildowie expects to see further opportunities for candidates in fast growing retailers, brewers, healthcare, pharmaceutical and logistics and supply chain organisations.”