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UK sees rise in big recruitment campaigns

Published: Monday 11th March 2019

One of the largest recruitment campaigns in history is set to get underway as BT’s Openreach division seeks to recruit for more than 3000 apprentice engineers jobs. The training scheme, backed by the secretary of state for work and pensions, Amber Rudd, is expected to create 1600 engineer jobs alone this year. And that’s just the beginning. A company spokesperson for Openreach said that the company is looking to recruit 6,500 apprentice engineers during 2019 and 2020 for the support of its ‘full fibre’ broadband rollout and general business growth.

The good news that these roles will be created right across the UK. The recruitment campaign will kick off in regional centres such as Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester, but will also include more remote locations such as Penzance in Cornwall and the Orkney Isles. It’s hoped jobs in Yorkshire will also get a boost.

Multi-ethnic applicants sitting in queue preparing for interview following recruitment campaign

Recruitment is looking healthy

It’s just one of a number of big recruitment campaigns happening as a result of the upturn in the jobs market in recent years. The NHS launched the biggest recruitment drive in its history last year with a £8 million campaign encouraging teenagers to join the nursing profession. This was in response to severe shortage of doctors, nurses and other staff in the organisation. There were more than 34,000 nursing vacancies reported in England between April and September 2017, many in mental health and community nursing.

Building construction jobs

Female construction worker win front on male construction workers

Brexit hasn’t turned out to be as negative as first anticipated for the job market. In fact, employment rose higher than expected in the three months leading to November 2018. Unemployment is now close to its lowest level since the 1970s. As a consequence, some companies are preparing for Brexit by ramping up recruitment, in case there is an exodus of talent. Nearly 12% of the 2.1 million construction workers in the UK come from abroad. Two house-building firms, Gaillard Homes and Weston Homes, both companies with big projects in London are launching recruitment campaigns to attract skilled workers. In the event that Brexit affects the status of migrant workers in the UK, more construction companies will undoubtedly follow suit potentially resulting in one of the biggest recruitment drives the sector has ever seen.


Amazon recruitment campaign

Amazon is still growing and launched a huge recruitment campaign last year to hire 2500 staff. The jobs are being created across a wide range of disciplines and levels of experience, including software developers, engineers, technicians and even some entry-level roles. The online retail giant was named one of the top UK companies for both attracting and retaining talent in LinkedIn’s 2018 Top Attractors list.

Flying high

The travel industry might have had a few bad years, but Jet2.com and sister firm, Jet2Holidays, have announced plans to recruit 3000 people in the UK and Europe. Two-thirds of these jobs will be based in UK at the firm’s nine regional bases. Jobs on offer include pilots, cabin crew and ground staff. It’s the company’s biggest ever recruitment campaign after a massive 49% jump in pre-tax profits last year.

While Brexit still promises uncertainty, given the size of some of these new recruitment drives, the future still looks bright for the UK job market.

The plane takes off from the runway in the evening

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