2011 has been encouraging for us so far and we have seen an increase in interim and permanent opportunities in the market place. Although cost saving is still firmly on the radar for companies in the UK which can lead to the gloomy ‘recruitment freeze’ for the interim market this is not always the case. We are having more conversations with our clients around smarter and cost effective ways of resourcing for programmes which has included using independent interims as an alternative to consultancies. There seems to be a real understanding from our clients that there are some very experienced independent consultants in the market place with relevant experience to their industry and programmes who are highly effective and focussed solely on delivery.
Candidates who are on the market and interviewing with clients are experiencing slow turnaround times from first being spoken to about an opportunity to the recruiter making a decision and bringing them on board. Recruiters are still looking for a ‘glove fit’ for every role and therefore taking more time to recruit whilst they wait for the perfect candidate.
Due to the recent Government cuts there has been an influx of ‘available candidates’ from the public sector. These candidates are finding it very hard to move across into the private sector due to the reasons discussed above.
We are expecting a healthy Quarter 2 with budgets being signed off from the beginning of the new financial year in March/April.
We welcome your thoughts and comments on any of the topics mentioned above.
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