Individuals looking for interim assignments may find 2015 to be their year. Recruitment agencies report increased levels of activity, with opportunities cropping up across the UK and from all sectors of industry, as well as the public sector
Growing confidence in the economic upturn is the primary driver prompting businesses to step up their recruitment. Luke Davis, vice president of management resources at Robert Half, for instance, says his division is 25% busier than this time last year, as companies release budgets and invest in areas where they have held back over the downturn. These businesses are taking a strategic approach. “They are looking,” says Davis, “for individuals who can provide strong financial management information and act as business partners. Coming out of the downturn leaner and more vigilant, they want to maintain that tighter grip on accounting and business intelligence and ensure they derive maximum possible benefit from any systems investment. In the public sector, with a focus on cost-control, employers want professionals who can help them find efficiencies and make cuts.”
And hirers are looking for specialist skills, Davis says. Accounting and finance professionals with IT experience, SAP implementations for instance, will find demand within organisations that want to continue to derive meaningful information from that investment long after the installation engineers have departed.