While the economic impact of coronavirus is forcing many companies to lay off staff, this week shows hiring demand rising in sectors such as construction and energy. With the Chancellor carrying forward his summer statement pledge to create green homes, £1.3bn of investment was confirmed on the 4th August by housing secretary Robert Jenrick. The funds will be used to deliver hundreds of housing and infrastructure projects across the country. (Scroll down to see the latest LinkedIn vacancies or read on for more marketplace news and opportunities).
Continuing the green theme, energy provider People’s Energy will create 100 new jobs this week. The recently-formed company aims to tap into the talent market left behind when OVO Energy closed their office in Selkirk earlier this year. The new company provides gas and 100% renewable electricity to UK domestic and SME customers with the aim of returning 25% of the profits to their customers. With the news this week that BP will halve its oil and gas production within a decade and shift its focus to renewable energy, this a hiring area for energy contractors to watch.
Another sector to show growth is financial services, which is struggling with the same talent shortages it was experiencing before COVID-19. A significant proportion of deals involve non-financial services businesses rather than ‘traditional’ fintechs or banks. Payments, in particular, is rapidly becoming central to the future of the digital economy. Large tech-based players such as Uber and Airbnb are running their own payment systems, supported by an ecosystem of software developers cloud service providers.
Now the lines are blurring between traditional FS businesses, ecommerce players and non-banking payments institutions, banks are responding by racing to develop their own digitised products and services. However, many still lack the key capabilities and skills required to thrive in the new world order. As the competition for that talent becomes even more ferocious, this week sees openings at JP Morgan, Citi, Bloomberg and Barclays.
As technology transforms the finance sector and ecommerce, there are also opportunities at the sharp end as Leonardo labs opens its network of Corporate R&D Laboratories. Dedicated to advanced research & technological innovation, this year they plan to open their first six laboratories in Milan, Turin, Genoa, Rome, Naples and Taranto. The positions require contracted researchers with a STEM degree and/or PhD, and with skills in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Intelligent System Big Data Analytics, High-Performance Computing, Electrification of Aeronautical Platforms, Materials and Structures and Quantum Technologies. IT skills are also in demand at Serco, Capita and DXC technology.
Below are the latest LinkedIn vacancies as listed from August 4th.
- EY: 202 open roles
- Sky: 100 open roles
- Apple: 104 open roles
Defence and Space
- Babcock International Group: 144 open roles
- BAE Systems: 132 open roles
- Leonardo: 72 open roles
- MBDA: 90 open roles
- Ultra Electronics: 57 open roles
- Atkins: 52 open roles
Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing
- Siemens: 64 open roles
- Mitie: 650 open roles
- Barclays: 152 open roles
- Bloomberg: 68 open roles
- Citi: 238 open roles
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.: 269 open roles
Hospital & Health Care
- Barchester Healthcare: 841 open roles
- Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: 64 open roles
- Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust: 100 open roles
- IQVIA: 236 open roles
- NHS: 15,000 open roles
- Nuffield Health: 82 open roles
- St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: 83 open roles
Information Technology & Services
- Direct Line Group: 67 open roles
Logistics & Supply Chain
- Royal Mail: 128 open roles
- Asda: 105 open roles
- Co-op: 203 open roles
- Iceland: 298 open roles
- John Lewis & Partners: 163 open roles
- Morrisons: 813 open roles
- Ocado: 150 open roles
- Sainsbury’s: 84 open roles
- Superdrug: 152 open roles
- Tesco: 821 open roles
- University of Cambridge: 148 open roles
- SSE plc: 147 open roles
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