New year, new job – relocating for the perfect role
The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show a slight fall in the employment rate in the East Midlands but the national figure shows that the picture nationwide is certainly one of general improvement.
Overall, the area is on the up and it begs the question whether Leicestershire is a place to do business, or whether the unemployed are looking further afield for their next employment opportunity.
And with the New Year likely to bring with it a fresh impetus to a lot of job hunters, it could be that some people are considering upping sticks and finding a new place to do business.
But recruitment experts believe Leicestershire remains a good place to work and that chances for new employment are plentiful in the region.
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Tim Sutcliffe, managing director at Leicester-based recruitment firm Barker Ross, said: "We're seeing that employment opportunities in Leicestershire are improving and we hope they will stay that way.
“Only last week Samworth Brothers announced a new site which will create up to 700 new jobs, and that's on top of the major redevelopments going on in the city centre, proposed redevelopment of De Montfort University and the government are putting money into helping with youth unemployment.
“So I know this is a great place to work now and I'm confident that jobs are being created for the future."
However nationally, many of us are looking to move abroad for work.
According to Change Recruitment Group’s research, almost a third of workers nationally, 31 per cent, are thinking about working abroad with one in six having plans in place to do so.
When asked where they would be prepared to go, half (50%) said they would happily go and work in emerging markets for the right career opportunity and remuneration.
A further sixth (18%) would consider working in an emerging market, but confessed to having concerns about security issues with some locations.
The same study revealed that a quarter of UK workers (26%) feel that their career has either stood still or gone backwards over the past two years. Whilst two thirds (64%) think that their career would have progressed further had the UK not seen a recession.
Laura Drysdale, Change Recruitment’s international managing director said: “There are significant opportunities, both in established and emerging markets for workers willing to take the plunge. For many, it is not just about the remuneration benefits, but the lifestyle and opportunities to progress careers much faster.
“The tough job market in the UK has certainly peaked interests in moving abroad for many young workers with big ambitions. We are currently seeing demand for candidates in Africa and the Middle East.”