It’s been nearly a decade since the early stages of the credit crunch and we’re starting to see a gradual upturn in the number of vacancies at executive level within the employment market. During this time there has been a number of observed changes and trends in attracting candidates to senior roles. There has been a move away from the traditional print publications in Northern Ireland, with an increase in online activity, whether that be dedicated job websites or social media platforms such as LinkedIn.
We are also seeing an increase in competition for top talent, according to the recent PwC global CEO Survey, UK bosses are in hiring mode….63% expect to grow their workforce over the coming 12 months, compared to 52% of their global counterparts. But more than four-in-five (83%) of these UK bosses are concerned about how to get hold of key skills, up sharply from 71% last year. And the skills most highly prized by UK leaders are: adaptability and problem-solving, leadership and collaboration, and creativity and innovation.
All of these factors are changing the shape and focus of the employment market. It is therefore more important than ever that employers have a clear strategy for identifying, attracting and retaining top talent to their organisations. PwC has been supporting clients with the recruitment of critical executive appointments for over 25 years!
As the largest firm of professional advisors in the region, we have a long history of working with a wide range of private sector clients locally and nationally, as well as the public sector, giving us a deep understanding of their business issues, requirements for future development growth and an unrivalled network of contacts. In addition we also have a true international reach – we’re a network of firms in 157 countries!
With a team of local HR professionals in Belfast we can offer clients a bespoke recruitment and selection service for critical executive level positions, which can include executive search (both at local and international level), design of job documentation, design in the recruitment and selection process, and design and delivery of assessment centres.
To support our end to end recruitment and selection service we also have experienced NI Employment Lawyers who can provide guidance on employment legislation and requirements, including drafting of employment contracts. Our Forensic Services team can undertake executive due diligence and our Executive Reward Specialist can provide clients with advice on the most appropriate reward and incentives for senior executives.
Call Maeve Parkinson to hear how PwC can help you identify, attract and retain top talent for your business.