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UK – London Employment Monitor shows city recruitment levels rising

12 August 2014

The July 2014 London Employment Monitor shows that City recruitment continues to intensify. The number of available roles was up +10% in July to 9,315, from 8,490 recorded the previous month. Yearly figures also indicate impressive growth, with job opportunities up +32% compared to the same month in 2013, when there were 7,056 roles registered.

Candidate numbers increased for the third consecutive month, from 5,662 job seekers in June to 7,953 in July, a rise of 40%. Annual data underlines growth, albeit at a slower rate, of +3% in the number of jobseekers actively seeking employment in July compared to the same month last year.

Hakan Enver, Operations Director, Morgan McKinley Financial Services, commented: “Our latest data indicates that City hiring remains exceptionally buoyant, and where we would expect it to be following the seasonal dips we reported earlier in the year. The monthly rise of +10%, coupled with the +32% yearly increase, is in keeping with widespread reports that Britain's recovery has pushed the economy past its pre-crisis peak and record employment growth will help drive down Britain’s jobless rate to pre-crash levels this year.

“In terms of the functions driving jobs growth, in July we saw a huge amount of demand within the HR, IT and Accounting and Finance arenas. For HR in particular, both contract and permanent roles continued to be in demand during July, particularly in the Reward and In-House Recruitment specialisms. Whilst Reward professionals are sought after at all levels in the lead up to annual salary review period, contract recruiters with a combination of direct and vendor recruitment are also being required.

“From a Finance perspective, there has been a considerable uplift in Product Control and Regulatory Reporting roles at AVP and VP levels across the permanent and contract space.  Regulation continues to drive this type of skill set in this area. IT, on the contract side especially, is still buoyant. Organisational change and the need to address compliance and regulatory issues drove further demand, with a focus on mobile and digital technologies, user experience, data management, analytics and IT security.

“On the candidate side, job seeker numbers greatly increased in July, with a 40% month-on-month uplift.  This can be attributed largely to three core themes.  Firstly, with such healthy – and widely reported - increases in the flow of jobs coming into the market, candidates are more inclined to seek out new positions than they have been in past times. Secondly, whilst the holiday season sometimes prompts a slowdown in candidate numbers, this year has bucked the trend so far.  This could be because individuals have more time to explore what jobs are available in this traditionally quiet period or, as is certainly the case this year, a lot of people are enjoying ‘staycations’ which offers ample opportunity to assess career options. Lastly, with widespread reports of salaries increasing and our own Working Hours Survey revealing that 74% of respondents believe working excessive hours has a major negative impact on their work-life balance, jobseekers are on the lookout for opportunities that will not only offer a healthy balance between their personal and professional lives, but also attractive remuneration packages.

The average salary increase for those securing new jobs in July 2014 was +20%, compared to +14% in June 2014. Enver continued, “Recent data from APSCo indicating that salaries are increasing echoes our own findings which reveal that pay has increased by 20% in July.  As we have reported in previous months this trend is borne out of the competition among employers to attract candidates with niche skill sets, while businesses are doing their utmost to ensure employees stay put by increasing their base pay. 

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