Tech giant Accenture to create 1,500 jobs, but where will the candidates come from?
Tech giant, Accenture, are on a mission to create 1,500 tech jobs in North Tyneside, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh. This is due to an increase in demand for services in platforms, cloud engineering, cybersecurity, data, and intelligent operations. Accenture, who provide solutions in strategy, consulting, digital technology, and operations, aim to boost their North workforce by 3000 over the next three years, however, there is concern over where these candidates will come from. Hear thoughts from Sam Morley and Daniel Bateman from our Sanderson North offices on the above.
“It’s great to see another major firm expanding their operations in the North. It shows the confidence businesses have in the talented professionals based up here. However, it’s already a candidate short market, especially in the North. Where are these 1500 people coming from? Will this create even more of a bottleneck and therefore drive-up salaries even further?” - Sam Morley
Right now, the UK is seeing a record number of job vacancies due to post-Brexit labour shortages and the post-Covid reopening, yet recruiters and employers are struggling to fill these positions. A report from Business News Wales says that almost half (47%) of employers have reported having vacancies that are hard to fill, to which one in four have said these hard-to-fill roles are expected to increase in the next six months.
“It’s great to see another huge brand like Accenture moving parts of their operations out of London in favour of the North of England. It will be interesting to see their recruitment go to market strategy and how they differentiate their opportunities in an already competitive market. Will they focus purely on salary and remuneration packages, or will they be more creative with working arrangements, hours or wider colleague engagement and wellbeing initiatives?” – Daniel Bateman
There has also been a demand in people wanting clear hybrid-working rules, due to new ways of working caused by the pandemic, making it harder and more complex to fulfil the needs of potential candidates to fill the ever-growing number of job vacancies. According to HR News, 64% of UK workers surveyed are requesting the need for hybrid-working and want clear rules of in office expectancy, when seeking a new job.
Even though there is concern surrounding the current job market in both the North and the UK, the overall response to Accenture’s recruitment plan has been positive and shows a level of confidence here in the UK especially within its technology sector and IT services.