Reading Job Market Overview (Snapshot)
For those looking to relocate to the area, Berkshire, Thames Valley and the M4 Corridor is renowned for its technology company credentials with a number of global IT, Technology and Telecommunications corporations locating UK and European Headquarters in Reading, Bracknell, Slough and Newbury. As an employment hub, Berkshire is within easy reach of London, international airports (notably Heathrow), rail and motorway links to the rest of the country. Flagship corporations such as Microsoft, Oracle, Vodafone, O2, Dell, Siemens and Verizon Wireless are firmly established in the area creating numerous opportunities for senior executives and technical experts.
Reading has grown in prominence because of excellent links to London and the development of science, technology and business parks on the edge of town (i.e. Thames Valley Park). A brand new railway station has brought in extra investment and rising house prices. The addition of CrossRail will give direct non-stop transport access to the City of London, making Reading to London highly commutable. The University of Reading has developed excellent research credentials alongside links with research-based corporations and pharmaceutical companies. The UK’s leading nuclear research programme is based within proximity at Aldermaston (AWE – Atomic Weapons Establishment) and is a major employer.
Executive Search and Selection Berkshire
The presence of major global corporations means a different executive search strategy can be applied. It is important to research which executive headhunting firms partner these organisations. This is with the purpose of finding ‘back-door’ contacts with headhunters who have well-established recruitment networks with global corporations in the Berkshire area. Knowing which headhunting firms partner such corporations for executive appointments can lead to potential opportunities.
Executive Headhunter Branch Offices
Reading, Slough and Bracknell tend to have a strong executive headhunter, specialist or niche recruitment consultants overseeing executive appointments. Executive headhunting firms based in London have expanded by establishing branch offices in nearby places or strategically important employment growth hubs such as Reading. Moreover, there are often strong local recruitment networks. With employers requiring talent searches, specialist skills and expert knowledge, there is often a diverse range of industry-specific headhunting companies. They also cover adjacent counties across the South East Region. This has created a strong local executive recruitment network across the Thames Valley, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, London and Greater London.