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2016 will clearly be remembered as a year of unexpected political events including Brexit and the US Presidential elections. At first glance however, the annual executive jobs figures are not exceptional when compared with 2015 (a decent year) with total jobs posted down 7% overall for 2016.
The 1st quarter dipped significantly (down 28%) when compared to 1st quarter 2015 mainly due to economic conditions. However we saw a clear dip in June (after a slight recovery April/ May) as the level of uncertainty grew leading up to the vote and just after the vote.
We have seen a seasonal shift in recent years with the level of commercial and financial focused jobs surging in the summer months (which was a traditionally quiet period and proves jobseekers should remain active over the summer). June however was the exception to the rule, down 12% from the previous month.
Following the dip there was a significant rebound in July and August perhaps due to latent requirements building up. The realisation that the world keeps turning despite the levels of uncertainty as to the ramifications of Brexit meant recruitment levels recovered, if not quite to 2015 levels.
However, the last quarter has resulted in the most interesting findings. As expected recruitment levels seasonally dip leading up to Christmas however the last quarter was up 9% comparatively to 2015, with December a significant 23% up on 2015.
This appears to be in line with strengthening economic conditions with the FTSE continuing to strengthen, low interest rates driving spending, and sterling driving investment.
In addition to the seasonal fluctuations, we intend to publish more detailed figures, however the key findings are as follows:
Compared favourably to the general market in the 2nd quarter but suffered in the 3rd quarter post EU Referendum decision, it has rebound with a strong 4th quarter. One of the better disciplines despite it’s sizeable quarterly fluctuations.
One of the worst affected disciplines, it’s compared unfavourably apart from a surge of 9% in May over the previous year and up 31% compared to April. It is also one of the only disciplines (in addition to HR) that dipped in December.
The worst performing discipline, HR compared unfavourably in nearly all months compared to 2015
IT had a stellar May, with senior IT jobs up 52% on April and up 35% compared to 2016. It’s also had the strongest last quarter up 16% on 2015, and a negligible dip in vacancies month-to-month.
Another of the stronger disciplines in 2016, Marketing Jobs rose strongly in the second half of 2016 almost recovering completely from a sub-par 1st quarter. December is up 26% on 2015.
Perhaps the most interesting findings are with the most senior board level jobs with only a few months showing lower levels of jobs, month-to-month. Bucking the trend, Board level positions actually rose in June compared to 2015 and have continued to strengthen for the 2nd half of 2016 culminating in a 57% increase compared to December 2015.
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