‘High demand’ for senior staff

Demand for senior designers is high, according to anecdotal evidence, despite findings from one recruitment group to the contrary.

“If anything I’m finding there are more senior jobs than middle-weight jobs,” says Price Jamieson director Ashley Goodall. “Either there is a move towards a more strategic approach to design, or people want to bet on certainties when the going gets a bit tougher,” he adds.

Major Players director Paula Carrahar has had a similar experience: “The demand is there, we can’t get enough good people, particularly on the packaging side. We are not suffering from a downturn. The salaries are still good.”

This contrasts with MSL Search and Selection’s quarterly Index. The survey has found demand for senior recruits in design and research and development has fallen for the first time since the early 1990s, with vacancies dropping by 14 per cent in the third quarter.

Index charts the number of recruitment ads for seven different job categories, including accountancy, general management and personnel.

According to MSL, the overall demand for senior executives has dropped by only 8 per cent compared with the same period last year.

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