Specialists in Office Recruitment
The Professional Services Industry is one of the most varied industries to recruit for. Professional Services or Office based roles can relate to almost any role which requires a person to be present in an office environment, or require administrative actions.
As the industry developed and machinery took on many roles we had previously seen ran by people during the industrial revolution, office roles became more prominent. Initially data entry roles, which grew to include telephone operators and so on. Technology continues to grow professional services and as such office roles will continue to grow and evolve with it.
The pandemic caused many businesses to shift to a more remote working environment. This has only had a minor impact on the way businesses operate by creating more of a hybrid working solution. There could be scope for businesses to operate more on a remote basis and as such we may find that salary and working hours may adapt in the future.
Office Roles Industry insights
Looking at reports we can see that on average 21% of workers in the UK were in ‘professional’ jobs, making it the most common type of occupation. This means that around one in 14 UK-based workers (over 2.3 million people) are employed in financial and related professional services, with two-thirds of this figure located outside London.
Looking at these numbers we can see that the professional services industry is a core part of the UK market making substantial contributions to employment rates, tax receipts and overall economy. The pandemic had little effect on office roles as many businesses were able to shift to a remote working environment. This type of working has altered the way many businesses function and we can see a shift towards a hybrid business model.
As businesses continue to grow and our economy expands there are many more opportunities to be had in particular industries. Demand for talent has alway been high and in particular the demand for specific roles grows in the following industries: technology (+7%), accounting & finance (4%), procurement, supply chain & logistics (+3.5%), banking & financial services (+3%), manufacturing & engineering (+3%), legal (2.1%), business support (+2%).
For those looking to reskill or change industries, now may be a good time to do so.
Salary depends on many factors, the three most important ones are skills, experience and location. It is yet to be determined if the move to more remote working opportunities will level out the playing field for salaries based on location.
Currently the average salary across the UK for the following roles is:
PA’s = Average salary is £27,175 per annum
HR Managers = Average salary is £48,183 per annum
Accountancy & Finance = Average salary is £35,966 per annum
The salary may vary based on your qualifications as well as your experience. Location has a part to play in the average salary. In comparison to the average salary across the UK, when looking at the above roles based in London we can see the following;
PA’s = Average salary based in London £37,500
HR Managers = Average salary based in London £51,930
Accountancy & Finance = Average salary based in London £42,209
|PA’s and EA’s||Office Executives||Administrators/Date Entry|
|Office Managers||Receptionists||Customer Service and Call Centre Staff|
|HR Staff||Secretaries||Marketing Managers & Marketing Executives|
|Digital and Media Specialists||Accountancy and Finance||Sales Executives|
As with any industry that is as varied as the Professional Services Industry, the required qualifications differ. If you are looking for a role in finance, having a business degree as well as an accounting degree are the most beneficial.
For roles in Marketing, experience is general key however there are plenty of graduate opportunities. You can then obtain CIM degrees and certifications in the various aspects of the industry.
Soft skills such as communication, data administration and management, as well as a good grasp of technology are all key aspects to hone if you want to work in an office environment. The likes of Google Garage offers many free courses you can take, adding to your CV and helping showcase your skills.
‘Danielle and I met when my team were expanding and we tasked her to source candidates for our company. We were a new industry for her but this wasn’t an issue. Danielle was quick to grasp our business, our needs and was efficient. It was good to know that we had someone who listened and reacted to our needs’.
‘I felt very confident and relaxed with the service I was always given. I always knew I would only be in a discussion about a potential job that reflected my skill sets and characteristics which Danielle knew fully, rather than just being offered an interview for something I would not suit. I would always use Danielle’s services if I ever found myself in a position of requiring a job, she took the stress away for me’.
‘Danielle was amazing when helping me find a new opportunity, I was in desperate need of work and within less that 24hrs she had found me a position and organised an interview. Danielle always kept me informed by email or telephone and nothing was ever too much trouble for her. If I ever need to find work again I would always go back to Danielle! Danielle is an asset to the company’.
Whether you’re an employer looking to fill a job vacancy or a candidate searching for a new role, email Mark at FBR Construction Recruitment and he’ll be delighted to help.
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