Employers anticipate a shortage of support professionals

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Research from Robert Walters has found that over a third of employers expect to face skills shortages when looking to recruit secretarial and support professionals in the second half of 2016.

A fifth of employers believe that these skills shortages will be exacerbated by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. 

“Increasingly, employers are looking for professionals to take on a broader role, expanding from traditional duties into elements of project management,” said Rebecca Gaden, Manager at Robert Walters.

Need for mid-level professionals

74% of employers plan to focus their recruitment on mid-level professionals during the second half of 2016. 

"Employers are becoming more rigorous about the skills required in candidates, forcing them to recruit from a smaller talent pool in order to find the professionals they need,” continued Gaden.

Mid-level professionals in positions such as personal assistants, team supports and administration roles based on reception are the the most sought after.

Skills in demand

With this focus on recruitment of mid-level experience, professionals with appropriate experience can anticipate increased demand for their skills.

Mid-level professionals in positions such as personal assistants, team supports and administration roles based on reception are the the most sought after.

“Businesses are showing interest in recruiting professionals at the mid-level with experience in personal assistant or executive assistant roles," said Gaden

Professionals who have demonstrated the ability to support a small team and senior staff simultaneously are likely to be particularly sought after.

“Employers are also showing a renewed interest in recruiting secretarial and support staff with European language skills, particularly Spanish, French and Portuguese.”

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