89% of companies won’t let Brexit affect their hiring plans


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A recent survey which was carried out by The 5% Club has revealed that 89% of companies won’t let Brexit dampen their hiring spirits.

Nine out of ten of the companies who were questioned said that they are absolutely confident in their abilities to navigate labour shortages following last year’s vote to leave the EU. What’s more, employers have also highlighted the fact that they feel that apprentices will play a key part in helping to bridge the skills gap should the UK lose access to workers.


Speaking about the results, the Director General of The 5% Club, Lady Cobham commented:

“It’s positive to see employers reaffirm their commitment to apprenticeships despite the uncertainties presented by Brexit. The 5% Club are passionate champions of vocational training and we hope that many more employers will sign up to our pledge to tackle skills shortages across different sectors and industries.”

The good news about the UK’s post-Brexit jobs market doesn’t end here either. Just last month it was revealed that demand for interim accountants has risen by 57% following the referendum.

Market analysis carried out by Global Accounting Network found that in the year leading up to February 2017, opportunities for qualified accountants to work on a contract basis within commerce and industry rose by an impressive 57%.

Commenting on the increase, Marc Harris from Global Accounting Network commented:

“Although the use of interims in accountancy has long been a way for firms to cover long-term absence or get over the finish line at year-end, it is only in recent months that we have experienced a real boom in demand for very senior accounting professionals to work in-house on a project basis.”

Harris thinks that the increase can be attributed to external factors such as Brexit, companies having a need to bring on board specialist expertise and also the reluctance of many companies to hire on a permanent basis.

He continued:

“From an employer’s perspective, investing in an experienced interim rather than going down the consultancy route, offers fast-track access to a seasoned professional who knows how to get results. In times of change or during a permanent headcount freeze, the insight that interims can offer around restructuring, cost-saving or relocating is invaluable.”

If you would like help finding an interim finance role, please feel free to contact Choralis and we will be more than happy to help. Alternatively, you can also view and apply for any of our active roles from our website.

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