Manpower report reveals rise in telecoms and media employment

Employment in telecoms and media increase as infrastructure firms try to keep up with bad weather disruptions to high-speed broadband roll-out

Hiring in the telecommunications and media sectors is on the rise, as infrastructure companies try to keep up with high-speed broadband roll-out after the bout of bad weather and floods.

According to a report from recruitment firm ManpowerGroup, employment in the telecoms and media sectors rose 4%, up from the last quarter’s 3% increase.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey questions 2,100 UK employers.

Tobias Mills, ManpowerGroup sector director of telecommunications and media, said: “A spanner in the works this quarter has been the weather, which has proved a headache for companies laying fibre, as well as trying to keep people and businesses connected through the dreadful conditions we have seen recently.”

According to Mills, mobile operators are concentrating on the expansion of their respective 4G offerings with a particular focus on the IT professional space: “We expect this to create demand down the line for candidates with media content experience and production, as partnerships between operators and content providers develop.

“In addition, the need for customer service and sales staff is strong, with businesses of all types looking to gain market share and cope with consumer demand for value priced products.”

Mill said infrastructure in the telecoms and media sectors continues to drive job creation: “There is an enormous pressure on companies to respond to consumer demand and this is leading to increased and importantly sustained engineering and technical roles for candidates with the relevant skill set.”

The research revealed business of all sizes are hiring, however large businesses in particular are more optimistic this year (with a reported 17% rise in hiring), compared with any time in the last decade.

ManpowerGroup UK managing director Mark Cahill said: “There are long-term benefits to be gained from big business hiring – such as investment in training, graduate recruitment schemes and apprenticeships – which will benefit both job seekers and their future employers.

“After a sustained period of record youth unemployment, 2014 is promising to be the best year for young people and graduates in a long time. At last we can confidently say that the jobs market is starting to fire on all cylinders.”


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