Glasgow Job Market Overview (Snapshot)
For those considering relocating or finding executive jobs in Glasgow, the City has faced major challenges in overcoming the decline of traditional shipbuilding and heavy engineering industries (the manufacturing sector has declined from 40% to less than 8%). Today, unemployment is above the UK national average (hovering around 7-9%), though overall the job market is still pretty resilient.
Service sector jobs (financial services; call centres; tourism) have grown, plus being nominated the European City of Culture (1990) and hosting the Commonwealth Games (2014) has raised the profile of Glasgow, plus driven inward investment for regeneration and renewal. The emergence of nearby Silicon Glen has facilitated a growing concentration of high technology companies, with a presence from some major global corporations. There has also been rapid growth in research, development and technology excellence from innovative technological partnerships with local academic institutions, notably the Strathclyde University Technology & Innovation Centre. There is perhaps not the mix, diversity or concentration of other major UK cities, but there are still opportunities for executives providing candidates are prepared to search for them and tap into the ‘hidden’ job market (70% of jobs are not advertised).
Executive Search Firms Glasgow
The proximity of Glasgow, Edinburgh and the M8 Motorway allows executives to cover a wider catchment area between the two cities. This gives giving greater opportunities and scope to find top jobs. Tactically, it would be best to build relationships with executive recruiters in both Edinburgh and Glasgow to maximise coverage and likelihood of potential opportunities. Competition for executive jobs is likely to be very high as there is not such a critical mass of employers or executive-level vacancies around as with other parts of the UK. This is reinforced by strong competition for executives coming from south of the border and talent being drained away to London and South East England.
Executive Headhunting Firms Glasgow
Pursue the relationship, be credible, go and see them and offer something different to employers so executive recruiters can put strong candidates forward. Be well-prepared in advance and go for both Scottish-based headhunting firms and well as those from a wider UK focus (i.e. national / UK headhunting firms with regional / brand offices in Glasgow). Good local firms may provide stronger employer networks and better local job market intelligence than regional / branch offices of national UK firms. It is about striking a balance and partnering with the right headhunting firm and someone who is going to be proactive in helping support executive job searches. Regardless of how people approach job searches, executive recruiters should be an integral part of any successful job search strategy.