Professional Jobs Increase 7pc as Employers Aim to Smoothen Brexit Transition


To smoothen the transition out of the European Union, employers are in search of skilled workers, driving the number of professional jobs that are available in the United Kingdom up 7pc in the past three months.

According to Robert Walters, a recruitment firm, job volume growth was strongest in terms of supply chain accounting and procurement roles, where the amount of jobs that are available compared to that of 2016 was 15pc and 13pc higher, respectively.

The firm said that this was prompted by the need to develop new ways of trading with overseas firms in light of changes to the trade agreements of Britain.

The chief executive of Robert Walters’ UK, Middle East and Africa division, Chris Hickey, stated: “Supply chain and procurement professionals have been highly sought after as employers explore how they can access new markets and establish efficient supply chain processes following Britain’s departure from the EU.”

Hickey added that as employers maintained a “cautiously optimistic attitude,” hiring activity had continued to be “healthy” across all professional sectors in 2017.

Tax, legal, and finance jobs also improved during the last three months compared with the same period in 2016, with Robert Walters crediting the growth to increased regulation driving the demand for more specialist workers.

The recruitment firm said that tax scandals like the Panama Papers have also heightened the firms’ need to expand their teams, with employers being more aware than ever of the reputational and financial risks of not being able to comply.

Even though financial services firms have been more massively affected than other sectors by the uncertainty that is surrounding Brexit, regulatory change means that hiring has continued.

The figures arrive weeks after official figures revealed that Britain is in an employment boom, with a record number of people having jobs and the lowest rate of unemployment for 42 years.

The Office for National Statistics revealed that employment improved in every region of the United Kingdom except for the north east of England in 2016.

The most substantial growth came in the east of England where employment grew by 3.2pc, or 85,000 jobs, which is followed by London at 2pc, which averages to 99,000 jobs. The job count of the northeast, however, dropped 23,000, a decrease of 2.2pc.