November HR Market Update

Natalie Limerick 28.11.2018

Despite the economic backdrop, and a long hot summer, our HR teams were busy in Quarter 3 (July-Sept) with an increase in the number of assignments across HR disciplines.

Generally there is a good availability of talent, and strong competition, even for specialist and senior positions. There was particularly strong demand for Learning & Development and Talent Acquisition professionals, and upward pressure on compensation in these areas. In other news, with our recent survey suggesting many private sector companies were not prepared for the potential impact of increased government scrutiny on IR35 and the contracting community, there was a collective sigh of relief when the Chancellor increased the preparation period to April 2020. For many companies, the key focus now should be to take stock and get ready for the changes and the challenges they will bring - HR projects jobs have been in high demand.

Morgan McKinley Human Resources Events in Q3

We had some excellent and well attended HR events in Q3 including: a round table event in Bristol to discuss the impact of Artificial Intelligence on HR; a Mock Tribunal, in partnership with Penningtons Manches, where 50 HR professionals met to consider the rise in Employment Tribunals since 2017; a breakfast seminar where Jane Smart from Arcadia Consulting led a discussion on the challenges facing Women in Leadership in the Financial Services Sector. Watch this space for more excellent events coming in Q4. If you weren't on the invite list and would like to hear about future events, please contact me, Natalie Limerick, Director, at

Assignments Update

In Q3 we worked on a range of interesting assignments including a marque Head of HR appointment for a financial firm setting up in the UK. We also advised a global firm who are going through large scale change, appointing a senior OD lead, and supporting team, to run their project. We recruited a specialist Talent Manager to join a leading Tech firm to review and manage their attraction, development and retention strategy; this kind of hire really demonstrates the importance of holding on to top talent in this market. We also recruited a Compensation and Benefits Consultant for a leading retailer, interestingly experience from the rewards & analytics space is in short supply.

If you are interested in these skill sets or would like to discuss these examples please get in touch!

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We recruit for all key HR positions and HR projects jobs, such as HRD, Department Heads and Management roles, as well as HR support positions across a range of disciplines including Core HR, Talent, Recruitment and Resourcing, Learning and Development, Organisation Development and Change, Employee Relations, Reward, Compensation and Benefit & HRIS.

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