Could it be that the tide has turned after years of the recruitment market being an employers’ market? In the long hard slog following the recession in 2008, the relative scarcity of jobs meant huge numbers of candidates were applying for each job, and job success was challenging.
But during 2014, the jobs market became more buoyant. And just last month, data released by Adzuna (an online job aggregator), found that jobseekers exceeded new vacancies for the first time in six years.
It’s definitely getting less competitive for candidates… and much more competitive for employers chasing great talent.
What does this mean for people seeking part time and flexible jobs?
In a nutshell, it means that skilled and experienced candidates will be in high demand, and will have more bargaining power with employers. An increasing number of businesses are likely to offer flexible working to try to gain an advantage over their competitors in the ‘war for talent’.
It also means that candidates can afford to be more demanding in what they ask for. So, when you get that job offer, even if the job was advertised as full-time: don’t be afraid to ask for a part time or flexible working pattern.