Leeds Job Market Factors (Snapshot)
Leeds along with Sheffield are arguably the most dominant employment hubs in Yorkshire, both competing favourably with their Northern counterparts in Manchester and Liverpool. There is a mix of large corporations, engineering firms and other head offices found in or within proximity to Leeds (West Yorkshire Region; South Yorkshire for Sheffield). Harrogate is a nearby growth area with a portfolio of employers / R&D partnerships linked to research, development and healthcare (along with the world famous Betty’s Tea Rooms for the tourist). Prospects for High Speed 2 / High Speed 3 and better trans-Pennine links will no doubt help unlock overall potential in the Yorkshire economy for the long-term. A recent announcement was made regarding a £multi-million investment for a trans-Pennine upgrade and modernisation programme to improve connections between northern cities.
Leeds Employment Hub : Executive Search and Selection
Executive search firms and senior recruitment consultants have established regional / branch offices in Leeds, so giving opportunity to benefit from national networks of leading recruiting firms. It is also important to partner with local / regional executive headhunting firms to give good coverage for opportunities across the Yorkshire Region, especially as these will no doubt have good local knowledge, job market intelligence and well-established networks.
Build the relationship with reputable headhunting firms, go and see them to see if they are willing to put you forward for executive-level opportunities or interim executive appointments. Listen to any advice they give as sometimes headhunting firms can be a wealth of knowledge or good contacts. Carefully research executive search firms across Yorkshire and in the major cities. Also, try to find a specialist within a preferred job domain operating at a more regional level because there may be an unearthed pipeline of opportunities if candidates have specialist skills and expertise to offer within a particular niche.