In the last few weeks, Bond Williams’ specialist HR recruitment division has seen the biggest influx of HR roles since before the summer.
Employers have been calling upon the expertise of our HR recruitment consultants to source for a range of temporary, interim and permanent roles, from administrator and co-ordinator level through to advisor and senior management. The recurring theme? Change management.
As our exit from the European Union edges closer, many employers are busying themselves reviewing strategy, structure and policy. Regardless of the sector they operate in, they are having to scenario plan, considering the potential impact to the business and resources, both now and in the near future and both negative and positive.
Businesses are also worried about the potential shortage of suitably skilled candidates from overseas, the reluctance of employees to switch jobs and, unfortunately, redundancy. For HR teams, it’s now the perfect time to review and make changes to the whole employee offering to not only retain existing talent but attract new talent too – from salary and benefits to training, development and relocation opportunities.
The temp trend
In particular, temporary and interim roles are on the rise across all levels, with many offering the added benefit of becoming permanent further down the line. This contradicts a recent survey by the Institute of Interim Management which suggests interim roles were drying up due to the off-payroll rule changes and Brexit.
Claire Bond, Director at Bond Williams, commented: “We’re seeing a very high demand for senior interim HR candidates, with HR contractors and interim Directors being brought in to release existing managers into special change management, restructure and EU Settlement Scheme projects. This allows business as usual to continue.
“Junior HR candidates are also sought-after to support the increase in administration for current employment legislation processes and policy review work. Following Brexit, we could see even more changes to legislation and additional paperwork.”
Opportunities for all
Regardless of whether you’re an employer looking for HR talent, or a HR professional looking for a new role, there’s definitely been a swift change in the market and there are currently opportunities across all levels.
Temporary and interim roles are certainly in highest demand at the moment, but there is always the potential for other permanent opportunities to present themselves as well.
The key for employers is to make decisions quickly. Good talent is getting snapped up fast and you have to remember you’re probably not the only business recruiting, so do what you can to keep the candidate interested and make an offer as soon as you can.