Who’s hiring? UK labour market trends in 2013

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.

Image credit: Seabirum (CC)

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