Alongside the slow summer months, hiring organisations in London have also been happy to wait for the right Office Support candidate to apply, making for a lethargic period of recruitment.
Hiring of Office Support and Secretarial roles in London slowed down over the summer period - part of this will have been caused by the usual holiday lull delaying interview processes, but hiring organisations have also been taking their time with decisions because they are willing to wait for the right candidate, who ticks all their boxes, before committing to a hire.
Most of the vacancies have been temporary positions, but with a view of becoming permanent. We may well see this change with IR35 adjustments next year, affecting limited company contractors. These professionals are becoming more receptive to accepting a role as PAYE, but FTC and permanent roles will always be the preference.
The two primary facets of workplace wellness for Office Support professionals are having the option to work from home and other flexible working arrangements, including adjustable hours. This trend has risen to prominence in many industries as employees constantly seek to establish a healthy work-life balance. With this in mind, hiring organisations have to be able to offer competitive benefits packages if they want to stand a chance of securing the best talent - an attractive salary alone is not enough nowadays.
If job seekers who are applying for a number of vacancies want to be successful in obtaining a new position, it is vital to communicate with your recruiter to ensure you know who is representing you for which role. Be sure that you haven’t doubled up on applications if you apply directly or through another agency - this lack of organisation will not reflect well and you could find yourself bottom of the pile before you’ve even had a chance to interview. When you do secure an interview, remember to do plenty of preparation by researching the company and its values. It is far better to be over prepared than to be put on the spot and find yourself unable to answer the interviewer’s questions.