Each quarter, our specialist Indirect Tax team monitors the number of in-house vacancies released onto the job market across Europe to provide you with a quarterly overview of recruiting trend. The data below provides a digestible snapshot to the in-house market from adverts posted directly from employers.*
*Note - we omit the number of confidential mandates that HJ are assigned or job adverts posted by other recruitment firms. It should also be highlighted that many vacancies go unadvertised due to confidential or highly sensitive searches.
In the ubiquitous market of trade, there’s becoming an evident presence of increasing demand for specialists. Based on our previous insights in Q1, the shift of operational processes over to the tax and legal function created more specifically focused jobs within Customs.
Many businesses made preparations for what may be a no-deal Brexit, whilst some continue to create contingencies for an uncertain outcome. This, however, hasn’t slowed down the creation of jobs and will continue to provide ample opportunities for both job seekers and employers.
Following a very busy Q1, the second quarter of the year has proven that Customs is becoming an extremely lucrative area of a business’ operations. In the last 3 months, there have been 100 new in-house vacancies opened across the UK, Ireland & Europe.
Figure 1. The figure below highlights the shift towards job creation in Europe.
Figure 2. Reflecting back on last quarter, there’s a visible trend that’s continued preceding Leadership roles. With demand still high at more junior grade positions, there’s been a tangible increase in Mid-level management roles which could arguably be due to promotions, or other impacting factors like Brexit.
Figure 3. Europe continues to be an area where in-house jobs are in abundance. Germany and the Netherlands in particular, control the market and make up a large portion of the 68 vacancies that have opened up in Q2.
You might have read recently in our Industry Blog, that having specialist roles in your business can create a positive impact on a customs function. One prevalent point to highlight, is that some businesses are starting to understand their department leads and are beginning to decipher the benefit in having a stronger core within their Customs and Global trade operations.
In what’s becoming a more attractive area to specialise in, it might be favourable to say that customs is increasingly becoming an important part in how businesses make decisions when importing or exporting their goods and services around the world.
Seeing how the market has developed in such a short space of time has given indication that Customs & Global Trade is an area that could become a very lucrative career choice for those looking to make a broad impact on how a company will develop their Customs functions.
Considering the consistency and volume of vacancies in the first half of 2019, this will continue to be a very job driven market, which will command candidate motivations in wanting to move or continue their careers in a Commerce & Industry environment.
If you’d like to hear more about the job market, please get in touch with Josh Rapaport.
Josh Rapaport is a Recruitment Consultant in the Tax Division at Harvey John.
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