New year, new job – relocating for the perfect role
With the New Year likely to bring with it a fresh impetus to a lot of job hunters, it could be that some people are considering upping sticks and finding a new place to do business.
The economic situation nationwide is certainly looking up, although the most recent figures from the Office of National Statistics show that unemployment has recently risen slightly in the East Midlands.
But there’s no question that generally, things are improving out of the double-dip recession which the UK has been in since 2008.
So does Nottingham remain a good place to look for work, or should residents seeking new employment be looking elsewhere.
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Antony Rowe, managing director at recruitment firm Barker Ross, which has two offices in Nottingham, believes that there is work out there now and that things are only going to get better.
He said: "Employment opportunities in Nottingham and the county are great. And I expect they will get even better with new investment in the area.
“Just a few weeks ago, Nottingham City Council announced a £6 million expansion of the pioneering Southglade Food Park and millions of pounds are being put into the Nottingham Enterprise Zone to secure jobs for the future.
“We've got private and public sector working well here on a future growth plan, so I know there are job opportunities now and I'm confident that they will be more in the future."
However nationally, many of us are looking to move abroad for work.
According to Change Recruitment Group’s research, almost a third of workers nationally, 31 per cent, are thinking about working abroad with one in six having plans in place to do so.
When asked where they would be prepared to go, half (50%) said they would happily go and work in emerging markets for the right career opportunity and remuneration.
A further sixth (18%) would consider working in an emerging market, but confessed to having concerns about security issues with some locations.
The same study revealed that a quarter of UK workers (26%) feel that their career has either stood still or gone backwards over the past two years. Whilst two thirds (64%) think that their career would have progressed further had the UK not seen a recession.
Laura Drysdale, Change Recruitment’s international managing director said: “There are significant opportunities, both in established and emerging markets for workers willing to take the plunge. For many, it is not just about the remuneration benefits, but the lifestyle and opportunities to progress careers much faster.
“The tough job market in the UK has certainly peaked interests in moving abroad for many young workers with big ambitions. We are currently seeing demand for candidates in Africa and the Middle East.”