Employers are investing in their sales departments in a bid to attract the best talent to promote their products and services. As such, there has been an increase in basic salaries across most sectors for sales roles.
There has been an increase across senior management and executive level assignments being registered, New assignments have been as a result of attrition and new role creation, including new company entrants to the market. This shows an optimistic trend which will hopefully continue for 2015.
2015 saw an increase in clients looking for finance business partners to support and influence critical business decisions through financial insight, business acumen and strong analytical skills, and this is expected to continue throughout 2016.
The banking sector in Northern Ireland is looking positive. There is continued re-structuring and down-sizing taking place in the banks with continued redundancy programmes but the feeling is positive for niche specialisms particularly for AML and compliance specialists.
Recruitment within the market has been as a result of businesses gaining momentum since the economic downturn and having the confidence to expand in line with demand of services. Candidates with niche skills sets such as actuarial are in a better position than most in the market as they are in limited supply and will be able to command higher salaries. Overall the insurance market is showing positive signs of growth and positive change.