Posted: Mon 25th Nov 2019

Updated: Mon 25th Nov

North Wales recruiters reveal 2020 vision for growth in face of uncertainty

Business, in Wales.
This article is old - Published: Monday, Nov 25th, 2019

S2 RECRUITMENT has a 2020 vision for growth in the next 12 months.

However, the North Wales based firm says continued uncertainty over Brexit has caused businesses in numerous industries to reflect on hiring decisions while they wait for an outcome on whether Britain will remain part of the EU.

The company – which targets candidates in the executive, IT and engineering sectors – has had a busy 2019 but admits a resolution to political and public division will better enable owners and managers to shape their long-term strategies.

Managing Director Sarah Ellwood, who appeared at the North Wales Means Business Conference at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, said they are already looking ahead to next year and hopeful the picture will be clearer.

“We work closely with companies across numerous sectors and the majority just want to see an end to the division and uncertainty,” said Sarah.

“There is growth in certain areas and many people we’ve spoken to are planning to expand, but until there’s a decision either way they are playing the waiting game.”

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) in its latest JobsOutlook report revealed organisations have ambitious hiring plans for both temporary and permanent staff but are holding back for now.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, echoed Sarah’s comments and said: “Companies are ready to hire, invest and grow – but the lack of a clear path ahead means that more and more are thinking twice.

“Whether it is Brexit or the spill over from Trump’s trade war, politicians need to prioritise jobs and growth over ideology.”

Meanwhile, 66% of employers of temporary agency staff highlighted these workers are important for short-term access to key skills, up from 55% a year earlier.

REC’s data also showed that from July to September, 73% of employers who use recruitment agencies reported being satisfied with their agency partners. This increased to 81% among mid-sized (50-249 employee) businesses.

“There is confidence out there, but it has been stifled by political uncertainty,” said Sarah.

“We are in constant communication with our clients and candidates, who are positive about the future, but if anyone does have concerns about the employment landscape in North Wales and beyond, please get in touch.”


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