2019 ‘A buyers’ market’ for UK’s top professionals

2019 ‘A buyers’ market’ for UK’s top professionals


Nearly a third of those asked in a recent survey by Robert Half UK, a world leading specialised recruitment agency, believe that their skillset will become even more desirable in 2019 despite the current economic and political climate.

As the UK’s top talent supply and demand imbalance heightens, employers face the challenge of a widening skills gap that is the hallmark of the race to business digitisation.

Of more than 1,200 UK employees surveyed, those in London are most confident that their skills will be more in demand. Those skills include technical skills such as in digital and data analysis, as well as softer skills such as adaptability, resilience and critical thinking. 

The confidence comes from employees’ views that employers are keen to retain top talent, making them more comfortable in negotiating a promotion, better workplace benefits and increased salary. 45% of those asked are also confident of receiving more training from businesses who want to invest in upskilling their staff.

A third responded that they expect to continue to receive multiple job offers with competitive salaries, while just as many again expect their employer to counter offer should they find a new role with a competing salary.

Matt Weston, Managing Director, Robert Half UK commented: “Professionals with the skills and expertise to continue their career potential in the future workplace are wising up to their true value in the current recruitment landscape. Employers must adopt flexible recruitment strategies to keep up, or they risk losing out on top performers. This includes being able to quickly identify talent and potentially redefining the ‘must-have’ characteristics.

“It’s also important there is a compelling employee proposition in place; one that focuses on wider benefits, such as flexible working and training as well as remuneration. Those businesses that get this right will be well positioned to attract and retain candidates with the skills they need to cope with fourth industrial revolution on the horizon, while continuing to navigate the current economic and political climate.”

Monday, 4 February 2019

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