The number of those out of work has increased by 5.2 percent in the UK in the third quarter of 2011, bringing the total to 2.62 million unemployed, which is 8.3 percent of UK inhabitants.
However, the MD for Robert Half International in the UK, Phil Sheridan, has highlighted that there is still a market for technical and IT focused people with IT security and compliance jobs still available for example. Sheridan stated:
“Business services, natural resources and some areas of financial services are industries where demand still outweighs supply for top talent, particularly in finance, accounting and IT.
“There is movement in the job market and opportunities are available for those who display a strong commercial acumen, effective communication skills and solid technical aptitude.”
Around 50 percent of those unemployed fall within the under 25 age group category and the staggering amount of people currently without work has smashed through the one million marker which has not been seen since the outset of the economic downturn.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation CEO, Kevin Green commented:
“If we are to tackle youth employment we need to see two things urgently happen. First, we need to stimulate demand through practical measures such as a National Insurance holiday for SMEs taking on young jobseekers. Second, we must galvanise the involvement of businesses and employment experts to raise awareness and aspirations and build better bridges into work.”
Those job seekers who identify the key technical sectors, which are still recruiting can do much to improve their chances by presenting themselves in a polished manner. Likewise, students who identify the many technical university degrees available particularly the abundance of Network and information Security degrees will put themselves in a high demand category if we are still faced with these issues in the future.