Comment: Jersey executive recruitment back to pre-pandemic levels

Posted: 30/04/2021

Executive recruitment in Jersey is close to pre-pandemic levels, according to local consultancy Kendrick Rose, with high numbers of vacancies for key roles in financial services.

Kendrick Rose is seeing as many vacancies for top and mid-level roles in financial services for Q2 2021 as before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest Labour Market Report shows an annual employment drop of 2.2% (1,380 roles) from December 2019 to December 2020. 

Jobs in financial services and the legal sector are down 190 on the same period last year. However, the sector is rebounding, with 70 more people employed in financial services and legal since June 2020. Finance firms now have many key roles they are struggling to fill.

ShelleyKendrick_apr20Shelley Kendrick (pictured), Managing Director of Kendrick Rose, said: “We are seeing extraordinarily strong demand from employers wanting to hire staff for mid-level trust or fund administration roles, and for compliance roles at all levels. Finding the right talent in these areas is a huge challenge for businesses and highlights a skills gap on the island.

“There are businesses here with up to 40 vacancies, which are struggling to recruit people with the right skills locally. If we can’t address this skills gap, firms will have to think how to service the work they need and may end up looking off-island.”

The latest Business Tendency Survey showed ‘moderately positive’ indications for future employment, with 32% of companies expecting to take on more staff. This rises to 37% for financial services.

Shelley added: “Now that business has returned to normal for many firms after the pandemic, we are seeing a recruitment gap. There may still be higher levels of unemployment, and fewer jobs overall than before the pandemic, but that is not what we are seeing for financial services.

“If we want this work to be done by local people, we need to get people back to the island after university and give them the right training for these key roles.

"Most important, for the people thinking about changing careers now, we need to think creatively about how we can help them upskill.”

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