‘Outstanding, informative and challenging,’ were the words used to describe the Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs annual seminar, which saw CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Kevin Green, take to the stage to talk about trends in the jobs market.
Kevin discussed with the audience of local business professionals that we now have proof there was never a double dip, let alone triple dip, recession. However, with figures showing that the GDP dropped by 7.2% from peak to trough during these years, the recession now shows to have been much deeper than previously estimated. However, GDP rose by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2013 and the predictors are that this will rise to 1.7% across the second half of the year. This growth has seen permanent vacancies grow at their sharpest rate for 6 years.
Skills shortages continue to be in the fields of engineering, professional, Media/PR, IT, sales and Rail, with a ‘war on talent’ at executive level. Along with core professional skills, companies are now in need of candidates with an ability to be operational, as well as being able to see the bigger picture. Inspirational motivators with an ability to embrace change are the employees of the future.
Feedback from the seminar was excellent, with attendees taking the time to comment personally and via Twitter:
Andrew Parker, Sandbourne Marketing – Great event – and nice to see some lovely old friends!
Frances Miles Completely agree Paul Kinvig, ’twas a lively, thought provoking talk by Kevin Green which I think could have easily turned into a full morning’s debate had we had more time……. Thank you as always for your contribution and insight.
Paul Kinvig: Big shout out today to Frances Miles &the team at JobshopUK & Engage for a brilliant seminar this morning. Kevin Green from REC was simply outstanding!