Professional vacancies up 21 per cent across South East region
Permanent professional vacancies across all sectors in the South East increased by 21 per cent year-on-year in December 2018 according to research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).
The healthy rise in job openings was particularly notable in the HR sector, where demand increased by 28 per cent over the same period, according to data provided by recruitment software company, Innovantage.
According to data from PwC, the South East is forecast to deliver the highest economic growth among all 12 UK regions in 2019, while ONS stats show that employment growth here is also healthy. Since 2010 there are 360,000 more people in employment and 140,000 more businesses.
Commenting on the data, Rina Durban, membership relations manager for the South East at APSCo said: “The figures from the APSCo report show that the South East excelled in generating professional job openings.
“According to the Good Growth for Cities Index, Oxford and Reading are the two highest performing cities, which can explain the high demand for professionals. To sustain this growth of employees and new ventures, businesses have increased openings for HR professionals, and with economic growth set to cultivate, this trend shows no signs of abating.”
The report covers professionals in the following sectors: Acccounting & Finance, Arts Media & Design, Banking & Insurance, Engineering & Manufacturing, HR, IT, Legal, Marketing Advertising & PR, Property & Construction, Retail, Sales, Science & Technology.