The 2019 Salary Guide for the UK highlights the heightened importance of strong talent attraction and retention, with a resurgence of counter-offers and new benefit packages, as organisations took necessary steps to establish stability in their workforces as we head towards the Brexit ‘leave date’.
Whilst recruitment into banking, financial and professional services across London, the Home Counties and the South West remained resilient in 2018, there were slight decreases in professionals actively looking for work across Compliance, Financial Services Operations and Strategy, Projects & Change when compared to figures from 2017. This can partially be attributed to organisations doing their utmost to hold onto employees in an attempt to stabilise the workforce. Positively, there were increases in roles available across Accounting & Finance in Banking, HR, Legal, Internal Audit, Marketing, Procurement, Sales and Tax.
“Recruiting in the professional market place in 2018 was a bumpy, at times uncertain, but in the end positive experience, in which we saw our own revenue grow” commented David Leithead, Chief Operations Officer of Morgan McKinley UK. “Brexit caused many hiring managers to hesitate, but it also caused others to press ahead and strengthen teams to deal with the new world order; companies seemed to see 2018 as a critical time to secure talent in the run up to March 2019.”
David continued: “There was also plenty of business-as-usual hiring in response to new regulations, with GDPR being a key theme in the first half and MiFID II continuing to be a focus for many. Whilst job seeker numbers and advert responses were up, this didn’t signal a switch to a buyer’s market - talent remained king, in short supply and fiercely contested for.”
In 2018, the UK remained a major financial hub and ‘Centre of Excellence’ - this is expected to continue even after the Brexit leave date. Whilst some industries, including IT/Tech, have struggled with a skills shortage due to a lack of EU professionals, many others expect to continue attracting overseas talent and investment. This said, the processes of obtaining working visas is still unclear. The delaying of the implementation of IR35 payroll changes to the private sector until April 2020 will provide respite for limited company contractors, meaning the recruitment of contract professionals over the coming year will likely remain consistent.
This report provides a review of 2018 by analysing the employment market including popular roles, skills and qualifications, noticeable workplace trends, as well as salary and contract figures for professionals in Accounting & Finance, Compliance, Financial Services Operations, HR, Internal Audit, IT/Tech, Legal, Marketing, Office Support, Public Practice, Risk Management, Sales, Strategy, Projects & Change Management, Supply Chain & Procurement and Tax.
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