If you’re in the market for a new job or career change, 2019 may herald an exciting time for your professional development! With an aging workforce and Brexit uncertainty, it looks like 2019 will be the year of the job hunter. As a leading London PA and office support recruitment agency, we love to see candidates finding their dream jobs! So let’s take a look at the 2019 jobs market.
What’s new in 2019?
While the potential outcomes of Brexit are still up in the air, the UK is likely to face a labour shortage, due to less migrant workers being available. What’s more, a large part of the workforce—Baby Boomers—are heading towards retirement. The UK has an aging population, where more people are retiring and fewer people are entering the workforce. However, this shortage at both ends of the career spectrum will open up a number of opportunities for job seekers.
While companies will be feeling the squeeze, the job market is shifting in favour of the job seeker. Job vacancies are at their highest levels since 2001, and the workforce growth rate is down from 9% to just 2.4%. This means that employers will have less options to choose from in the coming year when it comes to hiring, making it easier for new workers to enter the market. With the coming labour shortage, employees seeking new jobs will be able to command higher wages, better benefits, and more holidays.
If you’ve been considering a change in career direction, 2019 will give you plenty of opportunities to explore something new. Less candidates overall mean that barriers to entry will need to be reduced, or companies won’t be able to fill vacancies. As such, a career path that interested you but wasn’t open in the past may now become accessible. If you’ve always wanted to work in PA or EA jobs, 2019 might be the year for you to make the switch.
As older workers in senior positions head to retirement, the glass ceiling is about to shatter and make way for fresh blood at manager level. If you’re hoping to apply for senior-level or management roles, it’s time to start preparing for the next level. Speak to a career consultant, look into the extra skills or qualifications you might need, and seek support from senior management to step up. Those hoping to apply for office manager jobs might see their chance.
The fastest-growing industries in 2019 will be health and social care, due to the aging UK population requiring more workers in these sectors. In addition, tighter migration laws due to Brexit will limit access to international talent, affecting a wide range of industries including agriculture, retail, universities, financial, and pharmaceuticals. However, the demand for workers will be high across the entire workforce—from office support jobs to marketing, HR, and accounting.
The time is now
In 2019, new career paths will open up for candidates, and positions in senior management that had been locked away for decades will need new, eager curators. 2019 is the start of the job seekers market, so make sure you’re ready to take advantage. If you’re looking for temporary or permanent PA jobs, office support roles, secretarial or receptionist jobs, get in touch with our team of recruitment experts and we can find you something new for 2019.
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