Job vacancies in London decrease to lowest point since 2009 – So where is the positive?

After reviewing one of the latest reports produced by KPMG that you will be able to find by searching the headline “London sees sharpest decrease in permanent appointments since March 2009” it is important to see beneath the attention grabbing headlines and look for the potential opportunities for jobs in London that can be easily overshadowed. It is very easy to source examples of bad press and negative publicity when it comes to the UK job seeker marketplace however, the important thing that people who are currently looking for their next job post is that there are also a number of positives that are present underneath the attention seeking headlines and this is where the best and constructive information often is.

For recruiters a key statistic is that the availability for staff spanning many industries has risen markedly, meaning that companies looking to employ new staff (whether for bilingual or multilingual jobs, market research jobs, presentation jobs or realistically any key industry) will have a substantial talent pool from which to choose. It is debatable that the current job market from the point of view of a company looking to recruit new staff is perhaps as strong as it has been for a very long time. With the number of applicants per position again at near peak (and at new peak) levels the abundance of strength and depth of applicants that a company can select from is a massive advantage compared to historical instances.

General industry statistics in recruitment will vary from region to region, so an overall decline in London job vacancies does not mean that regions in surrounding areas will also follow suit – awareness of your availability to travel and of regions that rebuke current industry trends can be a key factor in acquiring your next post.

With any industry trend a key area that you should look at is how this equates to you and your circumstances and what opportunities arise from this reporting that can be used for your advantage (and perhaps targeting key areas or sectors that are most likely to generate successful employment for you).

The important messaging to take away from this is that headline information (specifically of late with employment) is that they are often driven by a single key statistic. When you look into this in greater depth and more specifically how the underlying research that laid the foundation for the headline can identify some positives that you can use there may be more opportunities than you think.

Author Bio: Reuben Dennis is a human resources specialist and recruitment consultant. Find out more about his job search strategies. To know more visit http://www.boycerecruitment.co.uk/

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Comment by bill josephson on September 28, 2012 at 9:37am

So the advice in an abysmal London jobs market is to go in house finding a job in talent/acquisition where you're providing some value to your employer through research or talking to people speaking other languages.

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