During the recession we noticed that many of our clients hired to keep the status quo, with extremely narrow job briefs they were hiring the safe bets in the market, which is unsurprising given the reduction is hiring volumes.
So far in 2014 we have been pleasantly surprised, it seems corporations have been thinking again in terms of future growth plans and are looking to bring fresh, top talent in to their businesses from a range of different backgrounds and sectors. This has been most apparent in competitive consumer facing businesses within the Telecoms, Media and Technology sectors and is no doubt in my mind due to the change in consumer behaviour, demanding ever changing Tech products and online services where they need employees with diverse backgrounds and differing thought processes.
In more traditional businesses there is still a significant amount of risk aversion, but there are signs that this is about to change. Is hiring for future potential rather than skillset back in favour? Who knows – but its surely a good sign and hopefully an indicator of greater things to come in the job market.