Following on from our “Who's behind the wheel” blog last week, which focused on the realities of being in a 'candidate driven market', this week the focus is on taking action!
Many people assume the market is really slow at this time of year and they need to wait until January to really make that 'fresh start'. But is that TRUE??
Let me tell you the market is buzzing and we are busier than ever! Yes really!! For both temporary and permanent roles, the time really is now.
Contrary to popular belief, most organisations are still actively recruiting permanent staff to start before Christmas or for the 1st January. And Temps are just as busy with non-stop bookings coming in for Reception, Admin and Finance roles - our clients are looking for staff and they need you!
You may be asking yourself 'have I missed something?' No! This is a common misconception and to be fair historically, the start of the year is when people start looking but employers can take a while to get back into the swing of things meaning that things don’t really kick off until mid-late January. Saying that, the market is almost impossible to predict! The reasons for this have been documented as ranging from inflation rates to the weather! But whatever the reason it is great news for employers and job seekers alike.
Of course, we wouldn't expect you to just take our word for it, take a look at this fantastic article from the Recruitment Buzz site. With information from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (the official guys), the article provides accurate information on the present UK labour market. In a nutshell...it shows recruiters are reporting continued growth in permanent placements, higher vacancy numbers, but a shortage of good candidates (yes that's you). If that's not official enough, the really official people at the BBC also felt the need to scribe about Unemployment rates and pay growth in the private sector (note to boss..cough cough)!
So whether you are currently looking for work or in a role that makes you more excited about going home from work than going to work, don't wait – TAKE ACTION! The old saying “there is no time like the present” could not be more relevant. The internet revolution has meant you can apply for a job in the same amount of time you make your morning coffee, so there really is no excuse!! Saved searches and hot alerts means the job boards work for you.
Why not check out our latest jobs which are regularly updated on our site as well as our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages, so get applying – as candidate you are in the “driving seat”. So what are you really waiting for?