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UK secretarial & support vacancies up 41% in Q3

The number of secretarial and support job vacancies advertised across the UK has grown by 41% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same time last year, as UK businesses look to increase head count to support business growth.

The figures, taken from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index, show that secretarial and support vacancies grew across all regions with the most significant growth in the North West (33%) followed by London and the South East (22%) and the Midlands (10%).

“As the UK economy has continued to recover throughout 2015, and particularly in the wake of the election, employers have been looking to expand. As the vital nature of the role secretarial and support staff play in enabling this expansion has become more widely acknowledged, demand for these professionals has spiked,” says Sally Martin, Director, secretarial and support recruitment.


“In particular, we have seen high demand for professionals with experience in team support, with a decline in demand for ‘one-to-one’ support roles.”

While demand for secretarial and support specialists has been high across all UK regions, the North West has seen a particular emphasis on recruiting these professionals.


The North West has enjoyed some of the strongest economic growth in the country over recent months, and this has driven demand for support professionals in the region,” said Gill Owen, Manager for Secretarial and Support Recruitment, Robert Walters, Manchester.


“Local firms are enjoying domestic and foreign investment and many are looking to take on more businesses. This in turn means increasing headcount in vital support roles. In particular, secretarial and support workers have been in high demand among employers in the North West.”