Recruitment For Accounts And Engineers In Demand

Recruitment opportunities have increased in the UK in recent weeks, according to new employment figures, with engineers and accountants proving to be most in demand. 

The figures, released by employment specialists Reed, have shown that people working in professional services and in traditional industrial fields have been high on the list of recruiters' and employers' needs, with the East Midlands and East Anglia showing to be the geographic regions with highest demand. 

Reed's Martin Warnes, said, "Key job sectors such as insurance and engineering reached the highest levels we have experienced since our job index began 18 months ago.

"In spite of residual concerns over the economy, opportunities for jobseekers are growing again as employers look for the talent they need to support their ambitions for the future," he added. 

The good news about employment opportunities has been backed up by a separate set of statistics that have shown that employment opportunities in the financial sector have firmly turned around from the job cutting seen in recent years. 

The joint survey carried out by the CBI and financial services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, showed that recruitment at the nation's top banks had increased in the three months to the end of June - the first time that has happened since 2009.

Whilst everyone welcomes the increased demand, questions are being raised about the supply of staff. Geoff Newman from flat fee recruitment agency believes filling many of the vacancies may be a struggle.

“In many professional sectors such as accountancy, engineering and insurance there is a structural problem with lack of supply due to few trainees being developed. When the recession hit trainees were the first to go and so those few that have been retained are typically the most experienced sought-after individuals that are naturally more difficult to recruit.”

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