The number of job vacancies advertised across the UK has grown by 20% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to quarter 3 2014 according to the latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index.
The latest jobs figures are extremely encouraging for professionals, showing that their skills are in high demand across almost all disciplines.
In London and the South East the number of vacancies increased by 15%, while steady growth of 7% was seen in the North West.
Marketing professionals in highest demand
The research shows that marketing professionals saw the highest surge in demand for their skills, with vacancies up 59% nationwide compared to the same period last year.
"With the UK enjoying a period of growth, firms are looking to win new business both at home and abroad, triggering this demand for marketing staff,” said Chris Hickey - CEO - UK, Middle East and Africa.
Additional sector growth
Secretarial vacancies grew by 41% as businesses look to recruit additional staff to support business growth. The challenge now faces employers to source sufficient candidates to allow their businesses to expand, with several disciplines suffering particularly acute skills shortages.
Legal professionals are also in high demand with vacancies up 48% across the UK, spurred in particular by pressure to comply with new regulations in the financial services sector.
Combatting skills shortages
The challenge now faces employers to source sufficient candidates to allow their businesses to expand, with several disciplines suffering particularly acute skills shortages.
“To successfully expand, employers may have to revise their hiring practices, considering candidates from previously untapped talent pools," Chris continued
“Expanding or reopening graduate schemes can help secure a long term supply of talent, while broadening hiring criteria to consider candidates from a range of backgrounds with transferable skills can address more immediate skills shortages."
"Employers struggling to source candidates who require a particularly specific skill set, often due to industry regulations, may want to consider recruiting professionals from overseas as a solution.”
About the UK Job Index
The Robert Walters UK Job Index tracks job advertisement volumes over leading job boards across the UK in sectors such as accounting and finance, HR, legal, marketing, secretarial and support, supply chain and treasury.
Released on a quarterly basis, the report provides an indicative summary of recruitment activity being experienced across major national markets as well as key industry comparisons.