2024 recruitment trends in the UK

As we enter the first quarter of 2024, the UK executive job market is showing promising prospects, despite a complex global economic environment. The focus on innovation and strategic restructuring in UK companies suggests a positive trend in executive recruitment. Let’s take a look at them together.

A new year often means renewal, and all sectors are included! Keeping abreast of the latest trends in recruitment is essential for recruitment agencies, so that they can offer a premium experience to both the candidate and the companies in need of new recruits. In a context where recruitment methods are constantly changing (with the emphasis on remote interviewing and the proliferation of recruitment automation tools), it is vital for recruitment companies to adapt. UK companies are among them, especially as a significant increase in hiring is forecast for Q1 2024.
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Promising figures

According to projections by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK private sector is set to see a 0.7% increase in senior management positions in Q1 2024. This increase represents around 120,000 additional positions, exceeding the figures for the final quarter of 2023.

Companies face competition and changing expectations

Like France, British companies are facing stiff competition in the quest for talent. British executives, according to a study by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), are placing increasing emphasis on requirements such as competitive remuneration (70%), better work-life balance (60%) and professional development opportunities (55%).

Preparing talent for an uncertain future

UK companies are focusing on preparing talent for key roles, anticipating a future marked by economic uncertainty and technological challenges. This involves redefining the skills required, with a focus on innovation, resilience and the ability to lead digital transformations.

Finally, as the first quarter of 2024 looks promising for executive recruitment in the UK, companies must continue to innovate and adapt to attract and retain the best talent. The ability to navigate an ever-changing environment will be key to ensuring the success of companies and executives in this new economic landscape. Hence the value of calling on industry professionals such as Fitch Bennett Partners (who work closely with international, and its UK partner Mallory Partners represented by Jeremy Purkis and Martin Luise).

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