As confidence in the economy increased over the past six months, professionals became more willing to change jobs, according to recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, who released an overview of the Belgian market for finance & accounting, banking & financial services, human resources, IT, engineering & supply chain and interim management.
Increased mobility amongst professionals
Overall, we’ve noticed a strong increase in mobility on the Belgian market. Many passive candidates were open for new challenges. Besides salary, they were particularly interested in the job location, career development opportunities and company reputation. Companies from their side recognised the need to invest in career development programmes and paid great attention to strong business acumen and change management skills when hiring new staff.
Increased recruitment activity
Employers focused on improving their business efficiency and monitoring large business projects. We saw a high demand for controllers, project managers and Java specialists. Within the banking sector, middle and back office professionals were highly sought-after as were equity investment specialists. Project Managers in HVAC, energy and special techniques remained in high demand in various industry sectors such as engineering, retail, industrial services and construction.
Higher salaries for specialists
While salaries remained quite stable, specialists who could meet clients’ high requirements were able to benefit from salary increases. This was particularly the case for IT specialists in security engineering and highly skilled interim (project) managers.
More information about the Belgian job market and salary trends can be found here:
Finance & accounting - Banking & financial services - Human resources - Engineering & supply chain - Interim management.