20th November 2015Birmingham (national hub)ep-professional A recent report has found that employment in Britain is at an all-time high since 2008. With a record number of people in work over the last seven years, more people than ever before are securing their ideal job placements. Despite this steady rate of growth across the nation, the West Midlands remains a region of high unemployment. Between June and August of 2015 there were some 165,000 people out of work in the area. But in a location that has so much to offer, such as its thriving gaming industry and burgeoning logistics, supply chain and technical sectors, why is the rate of employment so low? And why, despite all of the promise that this region has to offer, does the West Midlands remain the worst place in the country to earn a decent wage? With over 115,000 workers earning below the living wage threshold, the city of Birmingham and its surrounding areas isn’t quite painting the picture of prosperity and opportunity which we know exists within the region. With all of this in mind, it comes as little surprise that job seekers are becoming increasingly competitive when it comes to finding employment. Now, more than ever, the role of the recruiter is essential; finding the right roles for the right candidates in the region’s growing sectors is an important step towards building up employment within the West Midlands. One thriving sector in particular is gaming, with a presence in the region that now accounts for 25 per cent of the entire UK industry. The area is also home to some of the key gaming companies and leading gaming experts within the industry. The sector’s success is largely down to the talent currently being produced by Birmingham City University’s Gamer Camp, rated one of the best training schemes for gaming developers by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. While recruiters are quite right to place their attention on growing sectors, it’s equally important to recognise the industries that aren’t doing so well and how they can become more exciting to candidates; recruiters now need to work more closely with their clients to nurture candidate’s growing talent and plug the skills gaps across the region. As unemployment falls throughout the West Midlands recruiters, clients and candidates alike should each be asking themselves why, as the region has both the talent and resources to increase levels of employment and wage thresholds. In an effort to tackle this issue, recruiters should be encouraging their candidates to use the innovative technology made available to them throughout the recruiting process, while working seamlessly with clients to ensure the right roles are being filled in both flourishing and flailing industries. If you would like to find out more about the opportunities available within the West Midlands, then the team at ep professional are on hand to help. Give us a call, send an email or use our Live Chat function to speak to us directly. Alternatively, take a look at what careers we have available on our job search.