The Footprint is Now Changing

Tucked away on page 2 of the Times, 25th February, on the page that gets most overlooked are three articles, all independent but together they substantiate what we in the careers industry have been first seeing and sensing for many months. It would seem now that there is tangible evidence to support some of the key trends we have been working with are real and not imagination.

The growth in over 50’s women in the workplace has been building steadily. Not just for economic reasons but because this group are making a major contribution and palpably want to grow career paths beyond the historic limiting timescales of 60. The tendency for employers to want to recruit those who can’ hit the ground running’ is a rich hunting ground for a skilled workforce who often feel overlooked. The 3.5% rise in December I am sure will be offset by rise and falls in the months ahead but the trend is positive. The assumption that those in their 50’s will struggle is outdated as this group now offer the almost perfect mix of drive, experience and flexibility.

The decline at the opposite end of the employment chain with our emerging employees of the future is likely to stem from two major factors. Firstly there is a slight reluctance to over invest which will be both economic and tinged with Brexit. This trend will often take up to 18 months to get through. It is also likely to feature for the next two to three years as the graduate/Apprentice axis shifts and employers and employees alike adjust to the merits of both talent pools.

The third article relating to Unilevers dilemma over where to base its operations simply voices the thought processes in Board rooms across Europe who are pondering way beyond when they should have to……..the result affects both groups above and is yet another indication that Brexit was always going to impact in 3-4 years not 3-4 weeks. Modelling is great but like the last two referenda and the election perhaps models are guides and not anything else.

Later the same day the latest migrant worker stats showed a net outflux of labour putting pressure on many of our primary and secondary industries although perhaps opening up the possibility of employment for our younger generations. One day, four stories but perhaps a real insight into just what is happening in UK plc




Posted: Wednesday 28 February 2018

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