2016 is here already and all the usual new-year conversations are taking place – joining the gym, eating healthy, not going out, saving money, getting a new job, etc.
Because of this mind set January is always an extremely busy time in the job markets and 2016 will be no different. At Grafton we have seen the green shoots of recovery turn into flowering trees, with the last few months of 2015 being some of the best in our long history, particularly within our Specialist Accountancy & Finance team. The Finance Directors and Financial Controllers on our books welcomed movement at the senior end of the market and this could have a knock on effect in 2016. These strategic roles also attracted the attention of a high number of passive job seekers which has enriched our candidate pool further for the year ahead. Demand for solid Management and Financial Accountants remains high, particularly in the FMCG, Manufacturing and Engineering sectors. Finance candidates of all levels with shared service centre experience continue to be high on certain clients’ wish lists.
We all know the economy is always affected by the political scene. The Fresh Start that has been agreed by the parties in Stormont puts us on a sounder footing for moving forward in 2016. The feeling of a more settled political landscape, plus the announcement of a date for the reduction of Corporation Tax, to 12.5%, gives businesses confidence in moving forward with investment and expansion.
This growth and expansion invariably means restructuring and, more often than not, hiring additional staff. Grafton Recruitment has been trusted recruitment partners to some of NI’s most successful companies during our 32 year history. Our specialist offering in Accountancy & Finance, IT, Engineering, Technical, HR and Sales & Marketing compliments our extensive branch network to provide clients with a comprehensive service regardless of their requirements.
If January 1st has prompted you to consider a new start, for yourself or for your team then get in touch with Grafton!