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:

Year in Review: UK Insurance Labour Market Trends, January 2024

Year in Review: UK Insurance Labour Market Trends, January 2024

In a world of ever-increasing risk, specialist insurance services rise as businesses look to mitigate their exposure. Hence, for the industry, 2023 has proven to be a busy year, with the sector being one of the top performers across all industries in terms of year-on-year activity this past year. On that point specifically, we saw vacancies drop by 15.1% compared to 2022. That compares to an all-industry fall of 30%.

Year in Review Magazine: Technology & Transformation in the UK

Year in Review Magazine: Technology & Transformation in the UK

Every generation bears witness to a technological jump which has the capacity to change the way we work. For example, from the first generation of mobile phones in the 1980s, through to smart phones and mobile devices this has transformed the way we do business. Nonetheless, we have seen increasing numbers of jobs displaced as different technologies have achieved scale.

Year in Review 2023: National – UK Regional Labour Market Trends, January 2024

Year in Review 2023: National – UK Regional Labour Market Trends, January 2024

In a sign of the times, industrial engineering, which encompasses aerospace and defence, has proven to be the top performing industry this past year, up 21% on 2022. At the same time the impact of quantitative tightening on the London market has been felt heavily across both finance and technology. As a result, vacancies in the capital are down 40% on the prior year. This is according to the latest UK labour market trends report by leading professional body APSCo and market data analysts Vacancysoft. 

Accounting & Finance – UK Finance Labour Market Trends Report, December 2023

Accounting & Finance – UK Finance Labour Market Trends Report, December 2023

2023 has seen a significant drop in accounting vacancies across financial services and commerce & industry. March marked the year’s peak in financial services with 532 vacancies, a 31% decrease from 2022, and the only increase was a 12% rise in November, according to the latest UK Finance Labour Market Trends report by Morgan McKinley and market data analysts Vacancysoft.

London – UK Regional Labour Market Trends, December 2023

London – UK Regional Labour Market Trends, December 2023

Despite a 39% decrease in recruitment patterns in London in 2023 compared to the previous year, the city maintains a pivotal position in professional opportunities, expected to contribute 34% of the UK’s vacancies, emphasizing its crucial role in the national job market. This is according to the latest UK National Labour Market Trends report by APSCo and labour market data analysts Vacancysoft.

Biotech – UK Life Sciences Labour Market Trends, December 2023

Biotech – UK Life Sciences Labour Market Trends, December 2023

The biotech sector has been on a downward trend this year, with vacancies down 34% in 2023. With that, the first quarter saw the highest concentration of job postings, tallying 351 vacancies. Indeed, January and March were the top two months in 2023, with 131 and 123 vacancies respectively. This is according to the latest Life Sciences Labour Market Trends report by CPL and market data analysts Vacancysoft.

Midlands – UK Regional Labour Market Trends, November 2023

Midlands – UK Regional Labour Market Trends, November 2023

In Q1 2023, the West Midlands, with 8794 vacancies, held the largest share in the region, yet it fell short of the lowest quarter in 2022 at 8860 vacancies, while the East Midlands peaked at 5310 jobs in Q1 2023, failing to surpass the total of 6601 vacancies in Q3 2022. This according to the latest UK National Labour Market Trends report by APSCo and labour market data analysts Vacancysoft.

E-Commerce – UK Tech Labour Market Trends, November 2023

E-Commerce – UK Tech Labour Market Trends, November 2023

As Europe’s most advanced e-commerce market, the UK has approximately 60 million e-commerce users. With that, shopping online has become the norm, which has had implications for retailers on the high street, especially outside of main shopping hubs, where the pandemic period had resulted in a significant surge in activity. Now, post-pandemic, there has been a slowdown as the market has normalized, which has meant that when looking at e-commerce, there has been a drop of 42.5% in IT vacancies compared to 2022, according to the latest UK Tech Report by Talent Alpha and Vacancysoft.

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