Retail slumps to four year low

Retail slumps to four year low

With the general election looming, increasingly the question is becoming one of judgement. Who do we trust to represent the country and with that, the economy? The UK economy is consumption led, meaning that what happens in retail and consumer goods and services, is significant, when looking at economic activity. With that, in what is turning out to be a spectacular own goal, the Government’s ill fated ‘tourist tax’ on retail (not allowing VAT rebates on shopping) is starting to be felt amongst retailers.

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.

Sunak’s bitter poison pill

Sunak’s bitter poison pill

For the UK Pharmaceuticals industry, the headwinds are real. The post pandemic hangover, at first caused by clinical trials being delayed on approval, so that COVID-19 related drugs could be prioritised meant that as the pandemic subsided, the pipeline of other drugs going to clinical trials had slowed to a trickle. The MHRA was supposedly tasked with creating a fast track regime to overcome this, equally even now, the EMA is approving drugs faster. Hence for pharmaceuticals companies looking at where they should organise trials, the UK is as a result, less attractive.

B2B sales in demand across the North West

B2B sales in demand across the North West

Now that the economic data released, shows that we are out of recession, as an update on what we are seeing, what is noteworthy as an indicator of market confidence, is that the leading role type being recruited for, now across the region, in 2024 so far, is for corporate b2b sales positions.

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.