Scotland Job Market (Snapshot)
The idea is to give a job market overview and make some tactical recommendations regarding finding executive job opportunities. One of the key issues many employers have been quick to stress about the ‘skills drain’ and employment migration stemming from the appeal of greater opportunities, particularly in London and South East England. This skills shortage has often been perceived as a key factor in undermining the Scottish labour force, reinforced by an ageing population and the demise of traditional of heavy industry and shipbuilding. Nonetheless, there are still many opportunities for talented executives, directors and technical experts across all sectors of the Scottish economy, though salaries may be lower than other parts of the United Kingdom.
The ‘Scottish Question’
The ongoing Scotland YES / NO Referendum scenario has created greater uncertainty within the Scottish job market, with the issue set to remain unresolved for a number of years until a full constitutional arrangement is made. Until this is resolved, many employers who have ‘cross-border’ interests may decide not to invest outright, delay important decisions or simply re-locate operations south of the border into England. Nonetheless, for many companies it will be business as usual.
Scottish Job Market Opportunities
All the key employment sectors are represented in Scotland with some more prominent than others. Scotland has a vast swathe of natural resources including fisheries, food production, renewable energy and a largely thriving oil, gas, exploration and engineering sectors principally located around Aberdeen. Then there is Silicon Glen providing an area for IT / Technology companies to prosper, plus financial services, professional services and R&D scientific organisations locating in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh. This is alongside traditional industries such as whisky distilleries and textiles which have become globally-recognised niche brands in their own right.
Executive Search and Selection Scotland
Many companies in Scotland tend to operate as regional head offices for much larger global corporations. Whereas, the weakness of the banking / financial services sector has led to the break-up of once dominant players in the UK financial services market. This has led to a very transient and fragmented employment market. Most executive headhunters are found in the big cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, with specialist recruitment consultants providing niche services to the oil, gas and engineering sector such as in Aberdeen. Dundee is renowned for being a Centre of Excellence in Research and Development, with strong links to academic institutions in the area.
Executive Headhunters Scotland
Executive headhunting firms are either off-shoots of larger UK-wide recruitment companies with regional offices in the major employment centres (head offices based in London). Alternatively, others will have developed good local networks and relationships with key players in the job market. Always research headhunting companies to find the best fit according to sector expertise, local market knowledge, types of assignments being handled and portfolio of clients under their remit. Partnering with a good local executive headhunting firm often pays dividends as much as choosing national headhunting firms depending on their relative sphere of influence in Scotland. So, choose carefully, research options and check websites to gain an impression before engaging with any executive headhunting firms.