Hiring trends in the UK in 2016
With shortages set to intensify in 2016, employers will increasingly require professionals with transferable skill sets as they focus on developing talent internally through training and mentoring.
We also expect to see growing numbers of mid-career professionals retraining to make themselves eligible for careers in high-growth sectors. This will be particularly evident in the fast-growing digital industries, where multinationals are investing heavily in the UK to make use of British talent. Experienced professionals taking the initiative to up-skill will be particularly attractive to employers.
Another key trend which we anticipate will continue in 2016 is the transfer of shared service centres to sites outside London, motivated by cost considerations as organisations bring previously offshored services back to the UK. This will serve to make the UK regions much more appealing to ambitious candidates seeking to start careers in accountancy and finance, legal administration and operations.
To encourage retention in an increasingly competitive market, especially amongst more junior jobseekers, we recommend that employers tailor reward packages to include flexible working conditions and clear career paths. Above all, we advise hiring managers to act quickly to ensure that positions are filled with their first-choice candidate.