The latest research from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that the number of secretarial and support job vacancies in the UK rose by 19% in the second quarter of 2017.
This increase has outstripped the national average of growth across all sectors, which stood at 11%.
Despite uncertainty surrounding the General Election, many businesses continued to expand during the second quarter of this year, driving demand for secretarial and business support professionals to help ensure sustainable growth.
“Demand for secretarial and support professionals has remained strong throughout the second quarter of this year from businesses across a wide range of sectors,” said Gill Owen, Manager at Robert Walters.
Demands for broad skill set increases
The expansion of business activity post-election has created a demand for business support professionals who possess a range of specialisms. This is particularly relevant in the fintech sector who have experienced a period of growth resulting in secretarial professionals and team support professionals being been highly sought after.
“Demand for secretarial and support professionals has remained strong throughout the second quarter of this year from businesses across a wide range of sectors."
For these positions, secretarial professionals who can demonstrate the ability to adapt to a changing workload, including taking on elements of project management, are highly sought after.
“While businesses are active in recruiting secretarial professionals, cost pressures and changing workplace culture have led them to look for candidates who can demonstrate the ability to take on additional responsibilities,” added Gill Owen.
In particular, team support roles have expanded, with candidates needing to be able to demonstrate a broad range of skills including project management.
“For professionals who can demonstrate these skills, employers are willing to offer generous salary and benefits packages in order to secure top talent,” concluded Gill Owen.
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