Published on 4th January 2017
In 2016, the world as we knew it changed. Many have told me that 2016 was a ‘bad year’ that they are keen to forget. However, as turbulent as the year has been, for me there were certainly some key highlights.
- My daughter, 10, was voted house captain at school and she wrote a great speech without my help/interference.
- My son, 12, is now officially taller than me, a personal highlight for him, and towards the end of the year we were measuring daily.
- I was promoted to MD of a company that I love and that I am incredibly proud to work for.
In terms of hiring, many Professional services firms slowed down their recruitment and growth plans in the run up to Brexit. No-one was particularly concerned at the time as everyone in London knew it wouldn't happen. Going to bed on Thursday 22nd June we felt even more confident that the public would vote ‘in’ and everything would return to normal.
Waking up on Friday 23rd June, we were hit with a new reality. There was no plan B for many companies. A short period of paralysis followed then towards the end of 2016, a form of normality returned. Of course, Article 50 hasn't been triggered yet and it remains to be seen whether there will be a soft or hard Brexit. Nevertheless, the world continues to turn and thankfully it isn't 2008 and the bottom hasn't fallen out of the world.
So, what does 2017 hold for recruitment?
If I was able to predict that then I should probably take over from Mark Carney or Theresa May. However, I do know that there will undoubtedly be change over the next year.
I am cautiously optimistic about the world of Professional Services. Whatever happens, we will still need accountants and lawyers and recruitment for top talent will need to continue. This talent is going to be in short supply and high demand. Recruiters will be essential in helping companies secure these people. Our job gets harder but our profession becomes more highly regarded as our roles as business partners become cemented. 2017 will have challenges in store, there will be good times and bad times but that is no different from any other year I have lived through.
So what will 2017 bring? It will be the best of years and the worst of years. Bring on 2018.