Junior jobs market ‘thriving’, say agencies

FIRMS are increasingly opening up junior and trainee positions for young Islanders as Jersey emerges from the economic slowdown caused by Covid-19, recruitment firms have said.

Toni O'Flaherty (picture supplied by Select Recruitment) (30412529)
Toni O'Flaherty (picture supplied by Select Recruitment) (30412529)

Both Toni Bracken of Park Personnel and Toni O’Flaherty of Select Recruitment said the jobs market was picking up as business confidence improves, with businesses looking to recruit younger staff, in particular.

Ms Bracken said that the market for school leavers and graduates in Jersey was ‘thriving’. ‘We are now in a position where more confidence is returning to the market and while we still have a way to go, the news is positive,’ she said. ‘The junior market has been thriving and we have seen a range of opportunities available for both graduates and school leavers.

‘We have also seen an increase in candidates seeking roles at this level. The limited opportunities for travel, or perhaps those that had intended to go to university and haven’t, has impacted the volume of those looking.

‘Support roles slowed significantly as did the temporary and contract market [during the pandemic] but this is also showing signs of growth again and projects are progressing and starting.’

She added that many firms were increasingly preparing for hot-desking and remote working.

‘Many clients are now recreating the office environment to become more collaborative with hot-desking spaces where employees will work a hybrid of home and office times,’ she said.

Ms O’Flaherty said that there were still high levels of people seeking work due to the crisis, but employers were opening up more ‘entry-level’ roles.

‘We are still seeing a lot of applications from support and clerical candidates and also very senior-level candidates, which means that demand for jobs in these areas is exceeding roles available,’ she said.

‘For the support and admin roles at the moment, it seems that candidates are asking for salaries which are a lot higher than what companies are offering or paying.

‘We still have a high demand for skilled candidates within the finance industry in trust, funds, accountancy and compliance. The good news is that we are now seeing more trainee/entry-level roles for these areas, which is also a promising sign for businesses and recruitment on a more long-term basis.

‘Compared to when we were in full lockdown last year, there weren’t as many recruitment freezes [recently]. It seems now that clients are recruiting and, as we enter in to spring, hiring is “heating up”.’

She added that Select advises jobseekers to be ‘proactive’ and improve themselves with skills and training, where possible, to help get their next job.

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