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Permanent Hiring Expectations: Q4 By Profession

Key Findings

  • Overall the majority of employers across all professions are reporting an intention to keep staffing levels steady.
  • The profession with the most positive hiring expectations is Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) with 42.8% of employers intending to increase permanent hires. This is followed by Sales, Marketing & Communications (27.1%), Financial Services (24.2%), Office Support (20.3%) and Accounting & Finance (17.1%).
  • One in eight employers (12.1%) intends to reduce hiring in Financial Services making it the least optimistic profession. This is followed by Accounting & Finance (11.0%) and ICT (7.9%).


  • There are a number of projects at different phases of the development cycle, and this is being reflected by broad-based demand for talent in ICT. There is particularly strong demand for project managers, business analysts and testers.

    In the Sales, Marketing & Communications space there is a decline in generalist brand roles and more demand for skills in customer analytics, product development and design, internal and external communications skills. Many organisations are trying to better understand digital and how it relates to customer engagement and satisfaction.

    Accounting & Finance teams in particular remain lean as they need to lead by example. Organisations are increasingly demanding data to build business cases and this is placing additional demands on these teams.

    There haven’t been significant shifts in remuneration in Financial Services and Hudson is seeing some senior finance people moving to new roles to secure higher financial rewards.


Hudson (NASDAQ: HSON) offers highly specialised professional recruitment, recruitment outsourcing, talent management and related staffing services and solutions. Clients partnering with Hudson achieve greater organisational performance by attracting, selecting, engaging and developing the best talent for their business. With a global presence of more than 2,000 employees operating in approximately 20 countries, Hudson delivers great people and great performance.