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Top Recruitment Sectors for Growth in 2018

The beginning of the New Year sparks a surge in recruitment. If you are thinking of strating a new career it is a good time to get your CV and LinkedIn page up to date. Social Media is a huge part today of how candidates search for new jobs. It is essential if you want to be found for the right job that your LinkedIn page is up to date and optimised. Here are some of the top areas for recruitment in 2018.

Kevin Green at REC explains that the need for temporary nursing and medical staff is a predominant area, because of the strain on NHS Trusts. It is therefore increasingly important for recruiters to fill these vacancies, and this is unlikely to subside in 2018.
Health Education England has drafted its first NHS strategy in 25 years due to massive shortage in staffing and skills gap. It was revealed that the NHS is short of 42,000 nurses, midwives and therapists. There will never be a shortage of sick people to look after, so this sector will continue to grow.


IT has always been a top sector for recruitment so it comes as no great surprise that it is one of the main focusses for 2018. Due to the recent rise in cyber-crime last year the demand for IT specialists and cyber security professionals is now rising. According to research by the REC which tells us that 81% of the recruitment agencies surveys think demand will rise significantly.

Within the IT and Technology sector there are so many critical skills need, recruitment agencies find it hard to source the right candidate. These shortages mean the professionals with a good skill set are going to be coveted.

Recent figures published in the IHS Markit on the Purchasing Managers index, revealed a positive growth figure of 52.2%, which is a seven month high. Job creation is the strongest since June, and these are positive signals for near-term business outlook. Reports have shown there is a massive skills gap in the construction sector at the moment and with Brexit looming ever nearer this is starting to be a concern. Due to recruitment and the uncertainty of what the new infrastructure and commercial projects will look like. Whether the recent collapse of Construction giant, Carillion affects recruitment in the construction sector remains to be seen.

The demand for skilled tech experts is growing and will continue to do so in 2018. PwC held their 19th Annual Global CEO Survey which stated that 70% of leaders believed the speed of change in technology was concerning. They expect technology products to feature highly on the agenda for CEOs in the financial quarter. Therefore, in 2018 you can expect a surge in demand for the skilled individuals who can deploy these technologies and services.

GDPR is the new data protection regulation that comes into effect in May this year. Businesses across the UK are trying to understand what changes will be enforced which entail leads to the ever increasing need for the help of GDPR experts.

As the deadline to become compliant looms the GDPR specialist sector is growing both internally and externally. According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals many Data Protection Officers will be employed worldwide to deal with GDPR. This will equal an astounding 75,000 new job opportunities.

Businesses, especially those processing personal big data will be required to appoint a Data Protection Officer, Chief Data Officer, Data Manager or Data Controller to take responsibility for ensuring data protection compliance.

Let’s look at the Data protection role as an example: The European Data Protection Supervisor, the EU’s independent data protection authority, describes the role as follows:

“It is the DPO’s duty to ensure in an independent manner the internal application of the data protection rules applicable to the EU institution. This also involves other tasks such as ensuring that controllers and individuals (data subjects) are informed of their rights and obligations, and cooperating with the EDPS at his request or on their own initiative.”


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