Monthly Archives: April 2013

How to write a job offer 1 (Infographic)

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Advice for recruiters on writing a successful job advert

Recruiters! Are your job offers as big a flop as an airless soufflé? Do you attract too few candidates, or too many (but of the wrong kind)? If so, it could be that you’re making one of the following common, yet lethal, mistakes. Here’s some top tips from the JobisJob team:

Infographic on how to write a job advert

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Hiring trends for teachers in the UK (white paper)

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This document aims to answer the following question: which city is the best place for teachers to look for work in the UK? Information has been taken from research into the quantity of job offers for teachers in various cities in the JobisJob database – for more information, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can download the teacher hiring trends PDF here.

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Who’s hiring? UK labour market trends in 2013

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The world about us is changing, perhaps faster than we might realise and almost certainly more quickly than we can keep up with. As Europe’s labour market reels from the kickback of crisis, old giants come crashing down, and new ones are brought to the fore. Yes, it’s an interesting time to be looking for a new job (or employee). Forewarned is forearmed, so to celebrate the opening of the JobisJob blog, we’ve asked some of the top labour market experts who’ll be hiring and who’ll be filling in the application forms over the rest of 2013.

Employment trends in the UK

Trend 1: Who

A new type of jobseeker is emerging. As Kevin Wheeler, founder and chairman of Future of Talent Institute puts it, “Secure, predictable career paths are increasingly being left behind for those which provide increased choice, flexibility and a greater sense of opportunity”. Instead of looking to our employers to provide us with job security, an unstable world has increasingly lead us to place that trust in ourselves. Our greatest loyalty is now to our own career development rather than our company, meaning the most sought-after inroads into the future will be those which allow us to develop our own skills and projects.

Trend 2: What

Health and retail, according to the BRES traditionally the two biggest employers of the UK, have remained stable, with some increase in retail perhaps spurred on by the Olympics and growing economy over the last year. According to The Telegraph, however, a real one to watch is the IT industry: “The growth in smartphone apps, tablets and online shopping has led to a “boom year” for IT jobs, with more than one million specialist roles advertised in the sector.” Furthermore, as we can see here, trends for jobs such as “app developers“ appear to be continuing steadily up.

The rising trend in employment for app developers

Trend 3: Where

In the British capital, frostiness over this past winter has not been limited to the weather. In fact, according to JobisJob Trends, the quantity of new job offers in London was relatively smaller than in other cities (Londoners, don’t take it too badly – after all, the five-year trends are positive). The Telegraph suggests this is due to “cost-cutting” by city managers. Of the ten greatest hiring cities in the UK, the top three emerging employers from over the last year are (in this order) Bristol, Glasgow and Reading.

Trend 4: How

Business trendsAs the world becomes smaller and we become increasingly connected by the web, it’s only natural that social networking tools should become more relevant in our professional as well as our personal lives. Gavin Redelman, founder and CEO of RedStarResume, reports that in the past year “requests for LinkedIn profile writing rose by over 150% world-wide”, a tendency which he believes “will further continue to grow in 2013”.

Nick Wells (Haymarket) is in agreement: “candidates see LinkedIn as being essential as a tool to maintain and build a profile which can be used for job applications, as well increasing their visibility to recruiters”. He believes, however, that “social media has a way to come yet” – LinkedIn might be a great way to store your CV and keep all of your professional information in one place, but when it comes to actually seeking out a new role, job hunters would be wise to use a combination of Google, job sites, and job aggregators in addition to social networks.

In conclusion, two main factors are working on today’s job market: an economy wobbling on its first legs of recovery, and radical developments in technology that have changed the ways in which we connect to each other. If you’re looking to make forays into the UK labour market over the coming months, JobisJob wishes you the best of luck, and hopes you now feel more prepared to meet the challenges you may face head on – and with gusto.

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UK labour market trends: the Manpower Survey (Q2 2013)

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The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, which regularly asks 2,100 employers in the UK what they expect changes to be like over the next quarter, is renowned as being one of the most accurate thermometers of the labour market. Here’s a quick summary of the readings for Q2, 2013.

2013 employment trends

After a few adjustments have been made for normal seasonal changes, the UK job market is predicted to grow by 6%. This comes as part of a fairly constant trend of increased growth since the beginning of 2012 (in our previous article, we’ve discussed the types of industry and the locations which grew most over the 2012/13 period in more detail).



Growth in regional areas:

The Manpower report identifies the East, the South East and the South West as being the areas of greatest growth, with a striking 11/12% increase in the labour force predicted in these areas. The West Midlands also does well, with predicted growth rates of 9%.

The only areas of the United Kingdom set to shrink slightly are the North East (-1%), North West (-2%) and Northern Ireland (-5%).


Growth in different sectors:

Just because the hiring market is growing, however, does not mean your sector is guaranteed growth. If you’re lucky enough to be looking for jobs in Finance and Business Services, or Transport and Communications, you can expect to see a 12-13% increase in your sector. Those in agriculture (-2%) and construction (-11%) may not be so fortunate. It’s possible that changes in the budget may favour the construction sector, but this has yet to be seen.

International hiring trends:

Compared to the Americas (including North America) and the Asia Pacific region, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) is the only continent to report declining as well as growing hiring markets. Of these, the worst-affected are set to be Italy and Spain (-11%), as well as Greece (-6%).

It’s not all bad news, however. The labour markets in some of the more Eastern European/Middle Asian economies – Romania, Turkey and Israel – are booming, while some of the more established Western European hiring markets – such as France and Germany – are looking to experience cautious growth over the next quarter.

*Where not explicitly stated, figures have been adjusted for seasonal changes.

Who’s hiring? UK labour market trends in 2013 (Infographic)

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Employment trends in the UK

Looking for work in the UK? Before you begin, why not take a look at what kind of shape the hiring market is in…

UK labour market trends 2013

This infographic is designed to give a quick overview. It is not an in-depth report, and should be taken with a pinch of salt. “Number of offers” refers to the number of job adverts listed on JobisJob at the end of March. For more information, as well as up-to-date facts and figures, please contact us.

Source: JobisJob database