Alison notes that the pandemic and the rise in remote working has made it easier for candidates and clients because there was less of a concern about the location of either. With Alison working on many international placements, she reports that few of them are based in the same country as their employer.
“Remote working has opened up a lot of opportunities for candidates and clients to look further afield,” Alison says.
But as things are beginning to open up, more clients want their people to go into the office a few days a week, which means that location is a consideration once again.
Alison also noted a distinct change in the kind of roles she was placing at the start of the pandemic.
“Things were very quiet in CFO roles, which is usually our number one role, but we remained busy placing all of their direct reports. The uncertainty of Covid meant that we were particularly busy in financial planning and analysis, treasury, and group financial controller roles. But now that things are starting to return to normal, there has been a significant upturn in the CFO market.”
From a strongly client led market at the start of the pandemic, the shift over to a candidate led market is driving changes to the pace of the recruitment process.
“We’re now seeing more candidates with multiple offers – even with offers on the day that they interview – and this is also pushing an increase in day rates.”
There’s also a change in how candidates want to work. Alison pointed out that Covid has made more people evaluate their work life balance, with many requesting a 4-day week. And it seems that clients are generally more open to this than they were before the pandemic, which has forced a focus on productivity, rather than hours.