Steering through uncertainty: Can UK recruiters be optimistic about 2022?

Feb 11, 2022 | Webinar

As we are started the year 2022 we wanted to take time to look back to 2021, of what has been a frenetic year, with recruiters challenged in unique ways never seen before, the big question was: What next?

This free and exclusive virtual event gathered Britain’s recruitment industry leaders to discuss the following insights:

• Review the hiring activity across key sectors of the UK economy over the past year and present expert insight into the jobs market and emerging trends
• Analyse what impact a second year of the pandemic has had and look ahead to how rising inflation and global political and economic uncertainty may affect Britain’s labour market and professional vacancies.

James Chaplin, Vacancysoft CEO presenting, where attendees also had the opportunity to both network with each other and ask questions about the presentation directly.

Matt Gallivan, Chief Revenue Officer talks about tools that allow you to make data-driven decision making by analysing the market as to what is happening in your markets, whether that be by sector, location or by role. Vacancy Analytics gives you knowledge and data at your fingertips.

Agenda as follows:
12.00 doors open – introduction and short networking
12.05 20-minute presentation on market activity by James Chaplin
12.25 15-min Data-driven decision making in 2022
12.40 Annual Magazine launch
12.45 Q&A
13.00 Event ends

If you are responsible for business planning and strategy don’t miss this unique opportunity to get insights on the latest market activity and what it could mean for your business.

This webinar is useful to: Recruitment Firm Directors, Operational & Marketing Managers in Recruitment Firms, Corporate Recruiters, Managers in RPOs and MSPs. HR Managers.

Download our Year in Review Magazine 2021 edition below!
In our annual magazine 2021 edition you will find a full review of the hiring activities across key sectors of the UK economy over the past year. The magazine covers trends seen in Britain’s tech, life sciences, law, finance, real estate and insurance industries.

Alternatively, download our presentation slides below:

Fintech – UK Finance Labour Market Trends Report, May 2024

Fintech – UK Finance Labour Market Trends Report, May 2024

VC funding into the technology industry is on the rise again, bringing relief to policymakers. In the UK, FinTech is a major beneficiary of this increased investment, which is directly translating into heightened recruitment activity. FinTech stands out as the best-performing segment within Financial Services this year. If the current pace of recruitment continues, the number of FinTech vacancies in 2024 will be 36.7% higher nationwide compared to last year.

SAP – UK Tech Labour Market Trends, April 2024

SAP – UK Tech Labour Market Trends, April 2024

Analysis shows that SAP vacancies are projected to decrease by 34.1% in 2024 compared to 2023 (comparatively, in the 2022 to 2023 data analysis, vacancies decreased by 2.1%). Similarly, regional SAP vacancies are on track for two consecutive years of decline. This trend decline in SAP hiring reflects the broader slowdown impacting the technology sector as it adapts to the transition to a more rigid financial discipline.

Banking – UK Legal Labour Market Trends, May 2024

Banking – UK Legal Labour Market Trends, May 2024

The surge in vacancies for banking lawyers during Q1 2024, observed both in law firms and banks, reflects significant industry dynamics. 137 vacancies were posted within law firms, marking the highest total since Q3 2022. Extrapolating from Q1, 2024 is projected to see a 35% increase compared to the previous year. Similarly, there was a 17.7% increase in legal vacancies within banks compared to Q4 2023.

Medical Affairs – UK Life Sciences Labour Market Trends, April 2024

Medical Affairs – UK Life Sciences Labour Market Trends, April 2024

With the slump in the pharmaceutical sector set to continue, the long-awaited reforms to the MHRA have yet to materialise. As a result, drug approval in the UK lags behind the EU, further depressing the sector. 2023 seems to be the low point in that there has been an uptick in Q1 so far, and if this continues, it will increase by 9.1% this year compared to last. The recovery has been in London specifically, with volumes up 26.1% on last year.

Tax – UK Finance Labour Market Trends Report, April 2024

Tax – UK Finance Labour Market Trends Report, April 2024

The Government’s Spring 2024 budget has changed the shape of taxation in the UK for high net-worth individuals who are not UK-domiciled. The implications of this change are yet to be seen properly; therefore, when looking at the recruitment patterns, we are forecasting an increase in tax vacancies this year compared to last year’s 32% in London, and 46% regionally.

South West – UK Regional Labour Market Trends, April 2024

South West – UK Regional Labour Market Trends, April 2024

After the technical recession in 2023, which led to vacancies dropping in the region compared to 2022, we have seen a bounce back in Q1 so far, culminating in an uplift of 7.6% which compares favorably to the national figures (+5.4%.) As a result, the region now accounts for 6.7% of the national total in terms of vacancies, up from 5.8% in 2022.

Risk – Insurance, UK Labour Market Trends, April 2024

Risk – Insurance, UK Labour Market Trends, April 2024

Insurance companies face new risks due to economic volatility, higher interest rates, geopolitical uncertainty, and climate change. This has led to a rise in demand for risk professionals, with vacancies up by 11.4% in 2024 compared to last year. March 2024 had the highest number of risk vacancies in over a year, indicating a continuing trend.

Accounting & Finance – UK Finance Labour Market Trends Report, March 2024

Accounting & Finance – UK Finance Labour Market Trends Report, March 2024

When examining recruitment activity in the capital, the signs are positive. Indeed, there has been a 24.6% increase in recruitment within Commerce & Industry in 2024 compared to the monthly average of 2023, with increases in retail, media, and technology. In contrast, regional activity has yet to experience such an upturn, with aggregate vacancies down by 5.4% so far this year and Commerce & Industry experiencing a 5.7% drop specifically.

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