Report highlights in-demand jobs for 2019

Jobs that marry digital skills and soft skills are likely to be the most in-demand in 2019, says new report.

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Analysts, accountants and digital marketing specialists are the most in-demand roles in 2019 due to skills shortages, according to a new report which comes amid concerns about a slowing recruitment market for professionals.

Recruiter Robert Half’s  2019 Salary Guide shows more than half of CEOs (53%) say finding candidates with data analysis and digital skills – as well as softer skills, such as resilience, adaptability to change and critical thinking – is a challenge in the current market. It states that traditional roles and the skills are evolving in the digital age and creating a need for new jobs and specialisms, leaving skills shortages.

Robert Half says the top 10 in-demand roles are

  • Financial Planning Analysts (£47,500 – £80,000)
  • Assistant Management/Financial Accountants(£20,000 – £35,000) who increasingly need digital and data analysis skills alongside a collaborative and communicative approach.
  • Business Analysts (£33,250 – £54,250) with strong business and IT skills.
  • Business Intelligence Developers (£23,750 – £50,500), again with strong technical abilities and business skills.
  • Digital Marketing Analyst (£31,250 – £60,000), described as data-savvy professionals with strong commerce acumen.
  • HR Advisor/Senior Advisor (£23,250 – £37,250) – as HR becomes more integral to business, those with digital skills will be particularly in demand, says Robert Half.
  • Company Accountants (£32,000 – £58,000) – increasingly popular as a result of a growth in acquisitions and diversification of the customer offering.
  • Compliance Analyst (£35,000 – £65,000), particularly in the light of GDPR compliance and the forthcoming 5th Anti Money Laundering Derivative.
  • Regulatory Accountants (£40,000 – £65,000) due to increased scrutiny of financial services.
  • Finance Managers (£35,000 – £80,000)

Matt Weston, UK Managing Director at Robert Half, said: “Technology and digitalisation is propelling the evolution of the workplace at a rapid pace. As companies adjust to the challenges and opportunities these technologies can have on their business, the need for the right skills intensifies intensifying the war for talent.

“As traditional roles become increasingly digitally-focussed reflecting the changing business landscape, businesses face a talent dilemma; they must attract professionals with the skills they need while also identifying opportunity to upskill their existing employees. While attractive salary and benefits packages continue to attract and retain top talent, training and development is vital for employers to win the ongoing war for talent.”

Meanwhile, recruitment consultancy Robert Thomas has warned that unless Brexit is dealt with swiftly the slump in hiring activity in the UK for professionals such as lawyers, accountants and IT workers will get worse. Uncertainty around the UK’s departure from the EU was affecting workers trying to move jobs and businesses trying to release capital to bring in new staff, the company told The Times, adding that it continued to reduce its own exposure to the UK because jobs growth “lies elsewhere,” such as in France, Germany and Japan.


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