It’s hard to believe we’re now almost 2 years into the pandemic, and it’s safe to say we’ve experienced a huge shift within the market. Across Bristol and the South West in general, the talent pool has dramatically increased due to the boost in hybrid working.
Bristol still remains a real haven for tech entrepreneurs and startups - greatly supported by two research-led universities, university spinouts and incubation programmes. Bristol is positioned as the 6th most active city in the UK by the volume of its high-growth tech companies, which is great to see.
Where clients may have previously struggled to find local candidates with the exact skill set needed, they can now go much further afield and hire from virtually anywhere in the country (provided full-time remote working is doable). This almost trebles the number of opportunities candidates are now able to secure due to WFH (working from home) and hybrid working models.
Remote working is now often the top condition for many of our candidates, with many rejecting roles who aren’t able to offer at least an office-WFH hybrid. The option to work remotely is now often ahead of salary in terms of what candidates are looking for, with work-life balance being no.1 priority for many.
As we go into 2022, we’re likely to see a lot more competition across the board. Many large tech-focused companies (including Google) have implemented a full WFH structure now - and if other businesses don’t follow suit, they’re likely to lose top talent to those who do.
As we head further into 2022, I think the shift toward remote working will only increase. Achieving a better work-life balance is something we’re seeing candidates prioritise over anything else, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. Companies will have to work harder to keep their best talent away from the competition, with flexibility being crucial.
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Home to stunning coastlines and the ever-popular city of Bristol, the South West continues to be a sought-after region to live throughout the UK. Bristol in particular is renowned as a tech hub, brimming with opportunities for start-ups and entrepreneurs - driven in part by a consistent flow of innovative graduates from the city’s universities.
Quality of life is generally considered to be impressive throughout the South West, too. House prices are considerably lower than other parts of the south (especially London and its surrounding areas), meaning you’ll get a lot more for your money in this part of the country. The South West also boasts some of the UK’s lowest levels of air pollution, making for a truly fresh outlook and more opportunity to enjoy wide open spaces and classic British countryside. And, while we’re not known for our beaches, the South West is home to an array of stunning coastlines perfect for relaxing or enjoying exercise - provided the weather is on your side!
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