Market Update – July 2014

We’re now into the height of summer and the weather has been surprisingly good these past few weeks.  Also, the World Cup is nearing an exciting conclusion, Wimbledon, the Isle of Wight Festival and the British Grand Prix have come and gone and there have been – and continue to be – numerous other cultural and social events going on in and around Hampshire, Dorset and the surrounding areas.

Despite all these distractions, Chilworth and Venture have managed to reflect the weather’s sunny disposition in our respective businesses over the past couple of months.  Although the market is showing signs that the customary summer slowdown is starting to kick in, Chilworth and Venture bucked the trend in June by helping eight accountants to take their next step on the career ladder.  We have also assisted four interim managers in finding their next professional challenge, in the process actively helping businesses across the Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley to grow and develop.

If you’re looking to secure your next opportunity in the qualified accountancy sector, please get in touch or for details of all the roles we’re currently handling – check out the jobs pages of both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

For information about how we can help your business fulfil your recruitment needs, visitwww.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk

Market Update – May 2014

Financial year end has passed, and we’ve had our first Bank Holiday weekends of the year, which must mean summer is just around the corner!  In the period since we last released an update the market continues its upwards momentum.

These past few months we have noticed a dramatic upturn in instructions, having made several interim appointments in the month whilst securing permanent offers for a number of happy accountants.  If you’re looking to secure your next opportunity in qualified accountancy or IT, please get in touch or for details of all the roles we’re currently handling, check out the jobs pages of both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

This is the first significant change we have seen in market conditions over the past few years, which has brought increased success for the Chilworth Partnership, along with our sister company Venture Recruitment Partners.  For information about how we can help your business fulfil your recruitment needs, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk.

Market Update – March 2014

We’re now into the third month of 2014 and we seem to have just about weathered the storms that were battering the south coast since Christmas.  We’re even being treated to the odd burst of sunshine.

This month brought the very sad news that Dennis Turner, former Chief Economist of HSBC, has passed away.  Dennis, a speaker at one of Chilworth Partnership’s events, was known for his anecdotal style, irreverence, insider knowledge and wit all of which combined to leave the attendees of our event with a pragmatic and relatively optimistic outlook for the British economy.  Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

On a lighter note, this month we have noticed a dramatic upturn in instructions, especially in the IT and interim finance markets, having made six interim appointments in the month  whilst securing permanent offers  for seven happy accountants.  If you’re looking to secure your next opportunity in qualified accountancy or IT, please get in touch or for details of all the roles we’re currently handling, check out the jobs pages of both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

This is the first significant change we have seen in market conditions over the past few years, which has brought increased success for the Chilworth Partnership, along with our sister company Venture Recruitment Partners – in the past month we have been chosen as a main supplier to B&Q for all their qualified accountancy needs.  We have also expanded our Preferred Supplier status with several new high-profile businesses.  For information about how we can help your business fulfil your recruitment needs, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk andwww.vrpartners.co.uk.

Market Update – February 2014

We’re now in the middle of February and what with all the rain, hail, flooding and power cuts, Christmas and New Year seem a long time ago!  But as we know, a new year traditionally marks new beginnings and here at the Chilworth Partnership we’re a stickler for tradition.  So, not being ones to disappoint …in step Emma Bartle!

The Chilworth Partnership is proud to announce the introduction our latest business offering, this time in the IT field and what better person to head our new section up than Emma – a highly-experienced IT recruiter who has over 15 years of multi-sector experience in the recruitment of interim, contract and permanent technology professionals?

Following the soft launch of our recently qualified to mid-management financial recruitment division – Venture Recruitment Partners – in September, January also marked the official launch being celebrated in the Edwardian surroundings of Chilworth Manor Hotel.  Guests were treated to drinks and canapés, with guest speaker Peter Bewsey appropriately discussing his views on launching new ventures in the Edwardian surroundings of the Chilworth Manor Hotel – all of which was very well-received.  For details of our future events, plus information about how we can help your business fulfil your recruitment needs, visit www.chilworthpartnership.co.uk and www.vrpartners.co.uk.

Introductions made  in January included assisting a rapidly-growing pharmaceuticals business in setting up their commercial finance team, the placement of both interim and permanent managers at a blue chip vehicle leasing company and a the successful placement of a senior interim finance manager with a major defence business.  For details of all the roles we’re currently handling, check out the jobs pages of both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Market Update – December 2013

Christmas parties have now been and gone (ours was a luxurious affair in the picturesque setting of the New Forest) and the leaves have deserted the trees, which means it must be time for our final market update of 2013.

December has seen a late flurry of activity here at Chilworth and Venture as everyone tries to tie up their recruitment exercises before the new year.  2014 itself is looking very positive – we are already consulting regarding two interim year end projects, and also regarding an acquisition and systems integration project, and the forecast for January is very positive, with market liquidity expected to increase as 2014 progresses.

Instructions in December included assisting a rapidly-growing pharmaceuticals business in setting up their commercial finance team, the placement of both interim and permanent managers at a blue chip vehicle leasing company and a the successful placement of a senior interim finance manager with a major defence business in the Thames Valley.  For details of all the roles we’re currently handling, check out the jobs pages of both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Following the success of our business breakfast event in October – Building High Performance Teams – we will be celebrating the successful launch of Venture Recruitment Partners with a drinks and canapés reception in the New Year.  Guests have previously described our events as “very informative and… very entertaining”, “inspiring” and “captivating”, so emailpeter@chilworthpartnership.co.uk to avoid disappointment, and to book your place for Venture Recruitment Partners: The Launch Party.

Market Update – November 2013

Another month has passed, and we now appear to be staring down the barrel of the Christmas period, with scraping the car windscreen becoming a fairly regular morning ritual.  November, the month where the recruitment industry traditionally starts to slow down, has still been a fruitful period here at the Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners, with the market showing signs of continuing its recovery as we approach 2014 and showing signs of great improvement come the new year.

The market has remained positive in November with another 4 interim managers placed and 6 permanent roles filled across both businesses with completed instructions ranging from a small but rapidly-growing life sciences business in London to an International Financial Services business in the Thames Valley as well as numerous notable local successes.  For details of all the roles we’re currently handling, check out the jobs pages of both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Following the success of our business breakfast event in October, Building High Performance Teams, we will be celebrating the successful launch of Venture Recruitment Partners with a drinks and canapés reception in the New Year.  Guests have previously described our events as “very informative and… very entertaining”, “inspiring” and “captivating”, so keep an eye on your emails for details of the Venture Recruitment Partners Launch, information for which will be being sent out in the near future, and book early to avoid disappointment.

Market Update – October 2013

The nights are getting longer, the leaves are falling off the trees and the air temperature is dropping rapidly, which means it must be about time for another market update!  October has been an eventful month here at the Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners, not just because of the changeable weather (including an Atlantic storm), but also due to a highly-successful business breakfast event and several roles filled successfully.

On the job front, the market positivity that we saw in September has continued in October, with another three interim managers placed, three permanent roles filled, and we have also had the distinction of being exclusively retained to recruit three senior roles, including one in London.  For details of all the roles we’re currently handling, check out the jobs pages of both the Chilworth Partnership website and the Venture Recruitment Partners website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

As previously mentioned, to mark both the third anniversary of Chilworth Partnership and the recent launch of Venture Recruitment Partners; we held our most successful business breakfast event to date, featuring one of the UK’s top business speakers, Jeff Grout.  The number of attendees was unprecedented – so high, in fact, that we had to decline several requests – but those lucky enough to attend were treated to a hearty full English breakfast and a speaker who was described afterwards as “a fantastic speaker”, “very informative and… very entertaining”, “inspiring” and “captivating” by guests.  Keep an eye on your emails for details of our next event, information for which will be being sent out in the near future.

Market Update – November 2015

The Recruiter has reported REC’s (Recruitment & Employment Federation) findings for the month which state that “Permanent and Temporary job placements grew at their fastest pace since the summer” this combined with a fall in available candidates, means that the recruitment industry is currently a jobseekers market.

However The Recruiter has also stated that “Accounting/Financial remained the most sought-after category for permanent staff in October. This combined with the CIPD’s report, that the competitive nature of the financial sector is due to a skills shortage means that the financial sector remains a relative competitive market for recruitment.

The lack of available candidates per role with the correct skills set has meant that companies have had to look at alternative ways of recruiting. This includes “up-skilling existing staff (48%)” rather than attempting to look for those skills externally. They are also employing from overseas (23%) and “hiring more apprentices” (27%) according to a report published by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) earlier this month.

As we approach the winter months, recruitment usually begins to slow down until the New Year. However, Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners have been experiencing a rise in client requests for recruitment and the number of candidates looking for a new role which we believe will continue right through until December.

Market Update – September 2013

September has seen the launch of Venture Recruitment Partners, headed up by old hand Ian Brown and expertly aided by David Hodges, both from our sister company the Chilworth Partnership, ably assisted by newcomer Peter Ward.  Despite only launching a couple of weeks ago, Venture have already been successful at placing our first interim manager.

Following a relatively quiet summer in the recruitment industry, the end of September saw a number of roles we’ve been instructed on and we predict this trend will continue, with more and more companies trying to tie up loose ends, and individuals initiating their next step on the career ladder in time for the Christmas break, ready to start in the New Year.  Check out the jobs pages of both the Chilworth Partnership website, and the Venture Recruitment Partners website for a complete list of all the roles we’re currently advertising.

As mentioned in our last update, to mark both the third anniversary of Chilworth Partnership and the recent launch of Venture Recruitment Partners we are holding a business breakfast event on Tuesday 22nd October featuring one of the UK’s top business speakers, Jeff Grout.  The team are all looking forward to the event, as are all our attendees judging by the unprecedented number of people we’ve had applying to attend!  Unfortunately for those of you who haven’t applied for a place, we are now at capacity for “Building High Performance Teams” but if you’re dying for a chance to attend, emailpeter@chilworthpartnership.co.uk to request a place on our reserve list.

Market Update – August 2013

The highest industry growth rates on record have been seen in this quarter’s data from the Interim Management Association (IMA).

The Ipsos MORI data from the IMA shows that the overall number of new assignments started increased by eight per cent in the last quarter – a continued rise since Q3, 2012. Furthermore, the net difference between new assignments started and those completed has doubled and remains positive at +84.

The number of assignments in progress per member has declined from 67 in Q1 to 62 in Q2. However, since the same quarter in 2012 there has been a steady increase – peaking in Q4 at 68 per member.

The length of assignments has also seen a massive increase in the last quarter – from 130 days in Q1, to 181 days.