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2020 UK Salary Guide

The Morgan McKinley 2020 Salary Guide outlines permanent salaries and contract rates for professional roles in the UK, as well as the most in demand skills and prominent market trends.

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Our detailed salary tables allow job seekers to recognise their worth by benchmarking their current remuneration against industry standards. The tables are also useful for employers as they give an accurate idea of what they should be paying their employees.

Top Skills

We all know that every different job requires unique skills. Our salary guide highlights the key skill sets that hiring organisations have requested over the past twelve months, as well as what we expect to be in demand throughout 2020.

Market Trends

Our recruitment consultants are experts in their particular areas. From speaking to a wide range of hiring managers and professionals of all seniority levels, they have an up-to-date understanding of all industry occurrences.

Introduction from David Leithead - UK Chief Operations Officer

Generally, the most prominent theme in the UK’s professional recruitment market throughout 2019 was how Brexit caused uncertainty, with employers reluctant to commit to hiring and job seekers hesitant to make the leap when offers did materialise. The quantity of jobs available and hires completed were both heavily impacted, as reported in the results of all the major PLC recruiters as the year progressed. According to Bank of England research, UK businesses expect more clarity and certainty to return in 2020 and a key question for recruiters is whether demand has become pent up in the system, in which case we could see a spike in hiring and an escalating war for talent in 2020.

As well as Brexit headwinds, another spectre hanging over a major section of the professional workforce in the private sector is the much publicised reform of IR35. This reform aims to transform the enforcement of these 20 year old tax rules that were designed to prevent workers from using Limited Company entities to disguise employment. If the plans are rolled out in April 2020 and not delayed by the new government, it will result in a largely negative transformation of the private sector contracting landscape, with much collateral damage, at least in the short term.

2020 will see the recruitment market further impacted by the use of technology tools and particularly Artificial Intelligence. The development and deployment of these tools continue to accelerate, along with the debate about whether they are good or bad for the industry. AI is held out to be a game changer in eliminating bias from recruitment, but as well as doubt over how we can trust the machine to get it right, there are ethical and moral dilemmas. And it seems job seekers don't like it - research in 2019 showed that 86% of job seekers would prefer a human being to review their CV, and 73% feel a highly automated recruitment process worsens their perceptions of an employer. So it will be interesting to see how things play out in the next 12 months and where progress is made.

Technology advances are affecting recruitment in other ways too, as many jobs are changing and the skills sets sought after are adjusting as well. Managing this new breed of employee is something that traditional managers are not always equipped to do, and development around that will be a major theme of organisations’ hiring in the coming year.

Our individual market reports show that the topic of flexibility in the workplace and a greater focus on wellbeing and work life balance are big themes for 2020. Organisations will face real challenges with engagement as more of their employees disappear from the traditional office set up. Employers will also need to be diligent because, in 2019, it became clear that increased levels of flexibility seemed to drive up working hours - an unexpected and generally unwelcome consequence.

Overall many recruitment companies in the UK will be looking forward to 2020 in the hope for a more positive market. There will be challenges but also lots of opportunities!

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