CareerBalance is pleased to report that the UK job market has picked up since what felt like the Day of Judgement on 23rd June. We are sensing a new positive atmosphere in government and in business.
Britain seems ready to get down to business again after months of political and economic uncertainty in both the lead up to the EU Referendum vote, and in the two months following this. Regardless of our political affiliations, CareerBalance feels that the installation of Teresa May at No.10 Downing Street has created a more stable and positive atmosphere and an attitude of “OK, it’s happened. We’re going to leave the EU. Now let’s make the most of the new opportunities that this will create”.
This is already feeding into the UK job market. For example, the Speaker of the House of Commons went ahead with the recruitment of a Speaker’s Counsel at the end of June to advise on the progress of legislation through the UK Parliament. They did this knowing that their work would be substantially altered by the new political landscape. CareerBalance believes that the Speaker’s Counsel team will now have to be significantly beefed up to cope with all the additional Parliamentary work that will be generated by Brexit.
On the trade front there are also positive signs that new jobs are being created. One of our clients has recently joined the Department for Business Innovation & Skills. It is clear that this department and the newly formed Department of International Trade will have their work cut out to forge new trading relationships across the globe to replace some of the existing European Trade arrangements. So we were not surprised to see that the DIT is now recruiting for a Strategy Director with a six figure salary to promote inward and outward trade with China in the Consumer, Creative and Education sectors.
The City of London Corporation has also been quick off the mark, advertising a role in September for a Head of Policy and Innovation
In its Economic Development Office to support the growth of businesses in the Financial Services sector. Meanwhile, foreseeing a change in EU research funding for the UK Higher Education sector, the UK Minister for Science, Research & Innovation is currently recruiting for a Policy Adviser.
There has been a lot of press coverage about the terms of Britain’s divorce from the EU and the lack of suitably experienced staff in Central Government to negotiate this. We expect the Department for International Trade to be looking for lawyers and other professionals in the coming months. A chance for some divorce lawyers to take their career in a new direction?
And whilst on the subject of divorce and the formation of new partnerships and relationships we were encouraged to see in this week’s Sunday Times Jobs section an advert for the Head of Global Membership with an “Exclusive Matchmaking & Introduction Agency”. The UK is also clearly still open for business for potential overseas brides and grooms.