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Oxfordshire Employment Trends Survey

Allen Associates’ Employment Trends Survey was launched in July 2013 to provide an insight into recruitment trends and staffing issues in the county. It is conducted twice a year, in January and July, and is well supported by Oxfordshire-based employers and HR decision-makers. The results are published alongside a report which we share with our clients and contacts.


Business growth resulted in more job vacancies and more staff hires in 2015 than in the previous year, according to Allen Associates’ Oxfordshire Employment Trends Survey.

Nearly three-quarters of the employers surveyed in early 2016 reported an increase in the number of job vacancies in 2015 compared to 2014, while almost 80 per cent said they had taken on more permanent staff last year.

Over half (57%) attributed this rise in recruitment to business growth, up from 47% in July 2015 and 41% in January 2015.

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Allen Associates’ latest Oxfordshire Employment Trends Survey reveals that many businesses across the county are losing out on their first choice of job candidate due to uncompetitive salaries and more attractive counter offers.

Most (70%) of the HR professionals that took part in the survey said their job offers were being rejected in favour of more attractive ones, either from the job seeker’s existing employer or competitors; 39% felt it was because their salaries weren’t competitive enough.

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Businesses tackle recruitment challenges head on

As the number of people in work in the UK reaches its highest levels for a decade, many Oxfordshire-based businesses admit they are having to work harder to find quality candidates – and for many, this means introducing innovative new recruitment practices.

The latest Oxfordshire Employment Trends survey conducted by recruitment consultancy, Allen Associates, reveals that most respondents (93 per cent) expect recruitment in 2015 to be as challenging, or more challenging, than it was last year – with 43 per cent saying they were already finding it more difficult to find quality candidates.

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Job vacancies are taking longer to fill and many employers are finding it harder to recruit quality staff, according to a survey of 122 Oxfordshire businesses.

The latest Oxfordshire Employment Trends Survey carried out by recruitment consultancy, Allen Associates, reveals that over one-third (35 per cent) found it harder to recruit the right people while 40 per cent took longer to fill vacancies in the first half of this year when compared to the same period last year.

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Business growth is driving the county’s recruitment market according to the latest Oxfordshire employment trends survey conducted by Allen Associates.

Almost one-third of permanent appointments made during the second half of 2013 were for newly-created roles while a further 58 per cent were a mixture of new and replacement positions, according to 70 HR decision-makers who took part in Allen Associates’ survey.

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Oxfordshire’s labour market is buoyant with 99 per cent of businesses surveyed over the summer having recruited this year.

Over half (54 per cent) have employed more than 10 staff, while 52 per cent have taken on more permanent staff than they did last year to fill a mixture of newly-created roles and replacement positions. Almost one-third (30 per cent) of these roles were specialist or skilled, one-fifth (19 per cent) administration, 10 per cent senior management and 10 per cent marketing.

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