Clayton Recruitment have analysed market data covering the North West of England and found the top roles in demand across the employment arena include fork lift drivers, customer service agents and brand managers. The latest analysis of the employment landscape in the North West is based on a comparison of vacancy levels across Clayton’s broad areas of expertise and highlights the ongoing skills requirements of employers in the region.
“We have seen increased demand from manufacturing companies within the region for warehouse operatives with both reach and counter balance fork lift licenses,” commented Tracy Bolan, commercial manager at Clayton Recruitment. “As we fast approach the Christmas period, we expect this demand to intensify as businesses contend with the increased demand for their products. Consequently, professionals who not only possess the relevant fork lift license, but who also have experience of loading and unloading deliveries, stock fulfilment and general warehouse duties will be highly sought after and can command hourly rates in the region of £9 and £10.”
On brand managers, Bolan comments: “Differentiation is perhaps more important than ever for companies as they compete for market share in often crowded vertical markets. Consequently, many employers have been expanding their marketing function by hiring dedicated Brand Managers with solid experience of monitoring market trends and working alongside the wider marcomms team to implement the marketing strategy.
According to the company, the growth of e-commerce has driven considerable demand for data specialists with a track record of analysing huge information stacks and identifying trends in the market for marketing and sales purposes. So much so is the demand, retailers are increasingly having to look for professionals from other industries, such as financial services, who can utilise their skillsets within the retail sector.
“We have seen a steady rise in demand from a range of companies across the region for customer service executives with demonstrable sales experience,” adds Bolan. “Much like many other roles we are recruiting for, demand stems largely from companies ramping up their operations ahead of the busy Christmas period where sales of products intensifies. Consequently, professionals with not only exceptional customer service skills, but also experience of taking high levels of sales orders accurately, and efficiently, are highly sought after from a range of companies.”