The Changing Recruitment Landscape

Posting date:06 May 2020

We are all adapting to the ‘new norm’

Covid-19 has completely disrupted the way we live and work. Businesses are facing new strategic challenges and adapting their people, processes and systems to function in the ‘new norm’. 

The recruitment industry is no exception. Having worked in accountancy and finance recruitment for over four years, I can say that working through this pandemic has been one of the toughest personal challenges I have ever faced. There’s been an awful lot to adapt to quickly but ensuring that I continue to provide the right insight, guidance and support to my customers has remained my number one priority.

I truly feel for those that have lost their jobs, had income reduced or had job offers pulled at the last minute and I understand that remaining positive amidst so much uncertainty can be extremely difficult. I was, however, happy to see that IR35 reforms have been delayed for a year, giving much needed relief to contractors given the economic challenges that lie ahead. There are also more opportunities on the horizon and currently recruitment has by no means come to a halt.

Demand for finance professionals with financial modelling expertise 

In the current circumstances, recruitment has of course slowed as hiring new staff has sunk down the priority list for many employers. However, there are pockets of activity where specific expertise is required to ensure business continuity or to deliver critical projects and programmes. 

It’s imperative that businesses engage with scenario modelling at the moment and as such, we have seen increased demand for interim finance professionals with financial modelling expertise. Additionally, we are currently seeing demand for those with FP&A, Business Partnering, Financial Analysis and Reporting expertise. 

How can we help?

If you are job searching in these difficult times, and potentially interviewing from your sofa, there are lots of things we can help you with to prepare.We have plenty of career advice guides we can share with you. Everything from CV tips, to developing your personal online brand and video interviewing advice. If you feel like having a practice video interview to brush up on your interviewing skills, we are more than happy to set this up and provide you with feedback. 

Lockdown is teaching me valuable things personally and professionally and we are all trying our best to keep up with the rapidly changing recruitment landscape. Thank you to those who have also checked in on me, stay safe and keep well, we really are all in this together. The market may be uncertain, but I am certain we will get through this!

If you would like any of our career advice guides, or a practice interview please do not hesitate to get on touch, even just for a chat.

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