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

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

At a time when the sector has been depressed by the cyclical downturn due to quantitative tightening, this has led to a drop of 34.8% in London and 19.4% regionally. Within law firms,  real estate remains the top skill in demand, although its market share has slipped from 22% in 2022 to 18% in 2023. This is partly due to a hefty 37% fall in vacancies in this area in 2023 as the commercial property sector has slowed down.

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

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

The cyclical nature of Financial Services has meant that as interest rates rose, and the economy appeared on the edge of recession, recruitment slowed down significantly. All this has led to professional vacancies falling in 2023, with a 34% year-on-year decrease from 2022.

Year in Review: UK Life Sciences Labour Market Trends, January 2024

Year in Review: UK Life Sciences Labour Market Trends, January 2024

Perhaps inevitably, the post-pandemic period has resulted in a hangover for the sector, as the combination of quantitative tightening leading to a slowdown in funding for emerging biotechnology firms, combined with the delays associated with getting new trials approved over the period, has meant that in recruitment terms, 2023 really was a slow year. Indeed, vacancies in 2023 were 42.6% lower than in 2022.

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: UK Regional Labour Market Trends, January 2024

Year in Review: 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.

Read the latest news on the recruitment and staffing industry through stories powered by Vacancysoft’s labour market data, analysis and our thought leadership pieces.

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

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

At a time when the sector has been depressed by the cyclical downturn due to quantitative tightening, this has led to a drop of 34.8% in London and 19.4% regionally. Within law firms,  real estate remains the top skill in demand, although its market share has slipped from 22% in 2022 to 18% in 2023. This is partly due to a hefty 37% fall in vacancies in this area in 2023 as the commercial property sector has slowed down.

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

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

The cyclical nature of Financial Services has meant that as interest rates rose, and the economy appeared on the edge of recession, recruitment slowed down significantly. All this has led to professional vacancies falling in 2023, with a 34% year-on-year decrease from 2022.

Year in Review: UK Life Sciences Labour Market Trends, January 2024

Year in Review: UK Life Sciences Labour Market Trends, January 2024

Perhaps inevitably, the post-pandemic period has resulted in a hangover for the sector, as the combination of quantitative tightening leading to a slowdown in funding for emerging biotechnology firms, combined with the delays associated with getting new trials approved over the period, has meant that in recruitment terms, 2023 really was a slow year. Indeed, vacancies in 2023 were 42.6% lower than in 2022.

Global Recruiter: South Resilience

Global Recruiter: South Resilience

Despite a projected slowdown in the overall job market, the South of England is expected to maintain its position as the top region for job opportunities in 2023, according to new research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

Our CEO, James Chaplin, provides insight into business, operations and thought leadership at Vacancysoft.

Could Pensions Funds be the solution for IPOs?

Could Pensions Funds be the solution for IPOs?

First ARM relists to the NASDAQ and sees their share price double since their IPO. Now more companies are being targeted as the UK struggles to compete in a new world order, where it is no longer able to operate as the financial services capital of the EU.

The Energy Boom is coming

The Energy Boom is coming

This week, it was reported that the economic downturn in Q4 had meant the UK is in recession. Hardly the news Sunak needed on the eve of two by-elections. Hunt was quick off the mark talking about the fact that overall the economic indicators are positive looking ahead, which is fair comment, equally the fact salary inflation remains high, has led to suggestions that any hope of interest rates coming down in the first half of the year are fanciful.

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Chess Night: Warsaw, January 2024

Chess Night: Warsaw, January 2024

January 29th, after successful events in Lviv, we re-activated Chess Nights in Warsaw! This is an amazing opportunity to network with interesting and passionate people, and develop relationships while enjoying exciting chess tournaments.

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