Market Update – July 2015

The summer months usually signal a slowdown within the recruitment industry as candidates and hiring manager’s alike jet off to enjoy the summer sun. However, Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners have been extremely busy over the last few weeks. Both businesses have managed to acquire a number of exciting retained roles with businesses such as CooperVision and Bainbridge Ltd. We have also successfully introduced into a variety of companies several candidates these are key indicators that the recruitment market is definitely continuing to grow.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), stated that the UK experienced strong economic growth in 2014 which is “projected to continue at a solid pace in 2015 and 2016”. However, The BBC recently posted an article explaining that the country’s growth forecasts have come down from 2.7% to 2.4% for 2015. Uncertain events, such as a “still sluggish Eurozone, renewed uncertainty over Greece’s economic future, and the in/out referendum on the UK’s EU membership” are highlighted as impacting factors.Both groups have commented that greater investment into the UK’s industries is required in order to “revive labour productivity, wages and competitiveness” and bring the economy back to its full strength.

Despite these uncertainties causing a temporary slowdown in the UK’s economic growth, the local recruitment industry is thriving. According to The Recruiter, 20% of jobs advertised across the country are based in the South-East and this is only second to that of London with 24%. July and August, traditionally, are the quietest months for recruitment, but with the combination of unemployment rates gradually declining and salaries steadily increasing, this certainly has not been the case!

If you are looking to secure your next executive and qualified accountancy role, please do not hesitate to get in touch for details about the positions and assignments we are currently handling. These can be viewed on both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for further exclusive information.

For information about how we can help your business to fulfil its recruitment needs, or to seek advice on your next career move, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk.

Market Update – May 2015

The end of the election signals the fast approach of summer and with it the market is also looking much brighter. The uncertainty that shrouded the election has cleared and there are distinct signs of an improvement in the economy. Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners are already experiencing this growth with a pick-up in both permanent and interim assignments

To quote Sue Dodd, VP of Agile Intelligence, a market analysis company. “There is a definite feel out there that we are at the beginning of a good few years of growth.” This, along with the growing strength of the British Pound and the FTSE 250 soaring to an all-time high, heavily indicates a year of growth for the UK across the business industry as a whole. This trend appears to be greatly reflected within the accountancy sector this year, which is echoed by Fortune. They named Accounting to be “One of the 6 most promising industries for the class of 2015”, predicting 18% growth between now and 2020. Fortune also anticipate a rise in demand for accountancy services as companies are committing more investment in strategy in order to take full advantage of the current economic climate.

In local news, the Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners hosted their bi-annual Business Breakfast last week, which was extremely successful. Our Speaker, Ex RAF (Tornado) Pilot Mandy Hickson, delivered an incredibly inspiring insight into coping with high pressure situations. Whilst Mandy’s tales of dangerous missions were indeed thrilling, it was her business world application of the lessons learned over her career that had everyone talking. This continually successful event is not one to miss, so keep an eye out for our next invitation!

If you are looking to secure your next executive and qualified accountancy role, please do not hesitate to get in touch for details about the positions and assignments we are currently handling. These can be viewed on both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for further exclusive information.

For information about how we can help your business to fulfil its recruitment needs, or to seek advice on your next career move, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk.

Market Update – April 2015

With the weather taking a positive turn in mid-April, Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners have likewise looked to turn up the heat in the recruitment sector. The month of April has seen further development on previously secured assignments, including a UK & International Tax Manager role at the outdoor lifestyle retailer, FatFace. As well as progressing with previously retained roles, Chilworth and Venture have managed to place another 4 candidates on an interim and permanent basis to a selection of reputable clients.

With the impending May General Election uncertainty has increased within the job market. In the latest Deloitte CFO Survey, the General Election is of some concern to major organisations. When asked to rate the level of risk posed on a scale of 0 to 100, CFOs attached a 63 rating to the General <strong>Election – significantly higher than the 56 attached to deflation of the Euro or the 39 points awarded to further cuts in spending. However, despite a pessimistic outlook for the imminent future, Anne Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo (Association of Professional Staffing), explains that this is very much a short term issue.  Swain states that there will likely be a “flurry of hiring activity in the early summer months”. The fact that Deloitte has found that CFOs believe business investment in the UK will rise by 9% this year – higher than other major industrialised nations – indicates real optimism in the future of the UK economy.</strong>

The Business Breakfast to be hosted by Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners is now little over a month away and places are being reserved at a rapid rate. Therefore, we stress that you will need to book your place as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. Our business speaker, former RAF pilot Mandy Hickson, will be giving a presentation which focuses on how to cope with pressure in highly demanding situations.

If you are looking to secure your next executive and qualified accountancy role, please do not hesitate to get in touch for details about the positions and assignments we are currently handling. These can be viewed on both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for further exclusive information.

For information about how we can help your business to fulfil its recruitment needs, or to seek advice on your next career move, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk.

‘High Flying’ Mandy Hickson to present at Business Breakfast

Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners are delighted to announce that former RAF pilot, Mandy Hickson, will be giving a presentation titled ‘Realising Goals in High-Pressure Situations’ on Thursday 21st May at their next Business Breakfast.

Mandy was one of the first female pilots to serve in a front line Tornado GR4 squadron, taking an active role in the Iraq conflict. From a very young age, she was obsessed with flying and applied to join the RAF while at university. Despite failing the computerised tests twice, which Mandy described as ‘devastating’, her commanding officer believed she had what it took to make it so he asked for two impartial instructors to come and fly with Mandy and they graded her as above average. She stated that “I had a computer saying I couldn’t fly and instructors saying I could, so theydecided to take me on as a test case. Women had only just been allowed to become pilots and they couldn’t understand why they were disproportionately failing the aptitude tests, so they tried to see if I could prove the system wrong, and I did.”

Instructors passed her application and she was soon on the path to joining an elite group of fast jet pilots and, after twenty years’ service, she now talks about the personal and strategic lessons learned with frankness and appropriately wry humour. From motivation to decision-making, Mandy gives a vivid insight into the leadership, teamwork and communication required to define and then realise specific goals in high-pressure situations. She also highlights the value of honest and open debriefing after any project or phase; something the Royal Air Force always do, but which businesses often overlook.

The Business Breakfast, which is taking place at the Chilworth Manor, is scheduled to begin with a Full English Breakfast being served from 7.45am, with Mandy starting at approximately 8.15am. The presentation will then be concluded by a Q&A session. An invitation for this event is due to be circulated very soon, with demand for places expecting to be high. Therefore, we stress that invitations are responded to as promptly as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

Market Update – March 2015

As spring quickly approaches, Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners have continued to make steady progress through 2015. The month of March is proving particularly exciting, as the businesses have been exposed to new opportunities, including some interesting retained branded assignments with Hillier Nurseries, FatFace and Trimline. These three clients alone have given us the opportunity to advertise and market two Finance Director roles and one UK & International Tax Manager role. The response rate has been outstanding in terms of quantity and quality.

On an interim basis, Chilworth Partnership were delighted to introduce a dedicated senior Finance Integration Manager at CooperVision. The business required project management in the integration of a recent acquisition, Sauflon. On the Venture side, our consultant, David Hodges, was particularly excited when he managed to place a candidate at Southampton Football Club, his boyhood team. All of these companies join a growing list of reputable local businesses in which Chilworth and Venture are working in partnership with.

In terms of general market trends, both businesses have noticed that although job opportunities increased in the first couple of months of the year, the market now appears to be slowing slightly. This may be due to the looming General Election in May, as many businesses are holding back on important financial decisions until the next government is confirmed.

In other news, Chilworth and Venture are now just a little over two months away from hosting their next Business Breakfast, as former RAF Tornado pilot Mandy Hickson plans to give her presentation on “Realising Goals in High-pressure Situations”. An invitation for this event is scheduled to be circulated soon.

If you are looking to secure your next executive and qualified accountancy role, please do not hesitate to get in touch for details about the positions and assignments we are currently handling. These can be viewed on both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for further exclusive information.

For information about how we can help your business to fulfil its recruitment needs, or to seek advice on your next career move, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk.

Chilworth Partnership Passes 500 LinkedIn Followers

As the UK economy continues to go from strength to strength, Chilworth Partnership’s LinkedIn page appears to be following a similar trend. Chilworth’s latest LinkedIn growth is the quickest the company has experienced thus far, as the increase from 451 to 500 followers occurred at a rate which was 113% quicker than the previous increase of 50. The business emphasises that the majority of this success is down to the fact that many employees are looking to start 2015 afresh, with a new job at the forefront of their minds. However, Chilworth Partnership has also made a conscious effort to increase its LinkedIn following, predominantly through posting current job vacancies and sharing accountancy related news.

The recent LinkedIn growth spurt highlights the fact that Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners will continue to focus on ways in which they can devise dynamic online strategies. This will allow for a further increase in the companies’ networks.

If you are on LinkedIn, following Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners will allow you to view regular updates about the Finance sector, recruitment trends, advice on job hunting and information about all the roles we are handling. To make sure that you don’t miss out, get following today!

Market Update – February 2015

As the post-Christmas blues begin to retreat for another year, Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners have been seizing fresh, New Year opportunities in the recruitment market. Despite the fact that we are yet to reach the halfway point in February, Chilworth & Venture have picked up new clientele, expanding on previous success the businesses prospered from in January.

The market upturn for the sister businesses not only signals an improvement in the recruitment market, but also brings a wave of good news to accountants. The Financial Times reported at the end of January, that for all the gloom which has surrounded the wider economy, 2015 is expected to be “another bright one for accountants seeking a job” – across all sectors of experience. This positivity is allowing Chilworth Partnership & Venture Recruitment Partners to push on in 2015 with excitement and confidence.

Further to last month’s update, Chilworth & Venture are delighted to announce that Mandy Hickson will give a presentation, titled “Realising Goals in High-pressure Situations”, at their next Business Breakfast, which is scheduled to be hosted on the 21st May 2015. Mandy is a former RAF pilot and was one of the first female pilots to serve in a front line Tornado GR4 squadron, taking an active role in the Iraq conflict. More details about this to follow.

If you are looking to secure your next executive and qualified accountancy role, please do not hesitate to get in touch for details about the positions and assignments we are currently handling. These can be viewed on both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for further exclusive information.

For information about how we can help your business to fulfil its recruitment needs, or to seek advice on your next career move, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk.

Market Update – January 2015

The month of December filled both Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners with Christmas cheer, as it proved to be a bumper month. Despite being regularly perceived as a quiet time of the year for recruitment, Chilworth and Venture managed to place seven permanent accountants, as well as three on an interim basis.

As both Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners push on through January, both businesses continue to receive an influx of opportunities, with several new roles becoming available. As recruiter.co.uk informs, January and the rest of 2015 looks “brighter, particularly in some areas, for accountancy recruiters and accountants themselves so employers cannot be complacent about hanging on to and attracting the best talent”.

In other news, due to the success of the Business Breakfast in late November 2014, both Chilworth and Venture are in the early stages of organising their next breakfast event, bringing a lot of excitement to the office! More news in relation to this topic will appear in due course.

If you are looking to secure your next executive and qualified accountancy role, please do not hesitate to get in touch for details about the positions and assignments we are currently handling. These can be viewed on both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for further exclusive information.

For information about how we can help your business to fulfil its recruitment needs, or to seek advice on your next career move, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk.

Market Update – November 2014

As we lead up to Christmas the market shows no signs of slowing at The Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners.

On the contrary, November has already shown a peak in activity. With a string of prestigious clients keeping both sides of the business incredibly busy, we are pleased to announce that The Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners are enjoying a successful month.

With local companies now turning on the tap to recruit new talent, both our businesses have found the market to be candidate-driven over the past few months. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation states “Candidate availability continues to fall sharply” (October 2014). These conditions are ideal for the few businesses like ours with their own in-house research functions. The burgeoning confidence in the market has seen The Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners placing six permanent candidates and five new interim candidates. More importantly, there is a growing order book which will enable us to finish 2014 well and start 2015 with a high degree of optimism.

Furthermore, with confidence growing in the local business community and with more candidates moving into new roles the interim market is blossoming. Companies are looking for more immediate solutions to deal with new project requirements, staff shortages and longer lead times in identifying and securing good permanent talent.

We are pleased that places at our highly anticipated Business Breakfast on 27th November with Dr Steve Bull, Sports Psychologist and inspirational speaker have been in high demand. If you are unable to attend or have been unsuccessful in securing a place at the breakfast you will be pleased to hear that a write-up of the event will be posted on our websites in due course.

If you are looking to secure your next senior accountancy role or interim assignment please do not hesitate to get in touch for details about the positions and assignments we are currently handling. These can be viewed on both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and Google+ for further exclusive information.

For information about how we can help your business to fulfil its recruitment needs, or to seek advice on your next career move, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk.

Market Update – October 2014

With the UK job market growing at its fastest rate in 43 years, it is no great surprise that Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners are confident that business is going to be buoyant over the coming months.

This expansion in the job market is reflected in September’s activity for both Chilworth and Venture; with four candidates being placed into fully qualified accountants’ roles and a further three interims being introduced to new assignments.

We are also excited to announce that The Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners will be hosting a major breakfast event on the 27th November 2014. Dr Steve Bull, one of the UK’s top Sports Psychologists and business speakers will give a presentation about high performance culture and change – “Acquiring the Winning Edge”. More details to follow.

If you are looking to secure your next executive and qualified accountancy role, please do not hesitate to get in touch for details about the positions and assignments we are currently handling. These can be viewed on both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for further exclusive information.

For information about how we can help your business to fulfil its recruitment needs, or to seek advice on your next career move, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk www.vrpartners.co.uk.