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Q3 2019 – Investor Relations & Communications Market Update

Q3 2019 – Investor Relations & Communications Market Update

Debbie Nathan Market Insight

The last quarter was a busy one and the expected summer slowdown we typically experience didn’t really have much effect. The first half of 2019 for us was largely dominated by replacement roles or roles created from organic team expansion. However, more recently we have witnesses a number of companies undertaking some form of corporate activity which is directly impacting resourcing within IR and/or Communications.

Just in the last 3 months alone, we have worked with “special situation” companies going through a demerger and spin-off, a transformation, an upcoming IPO or being taken private. As a result of these, there are new opportunities being created in addition to candidates finding themselves looking for new roles.

Another highlight for Q3 was the growth in our interim business – both day rate contractors and fixed-term contractors. It is highly possible that this is linked to the rise in “special situation” opportunities or project type work which naturally lends itself well to contracts but across both communications and investor relations we have had an increased number of opportunities.

In August we had the pleasure of welcoming Naomi Hamilton to the team to further strengthen our collective experience. Naomi brings with her a wealth of knowledge in communications recruitment and an excellent network.

Now we’re beginning Q4, and the Brexit deadline approaches, there are expectations of a slowdown in recruitment processes – something which we have started to witness a bit more than usual this year already.  

We have an exciting calendar of upcoming events towards the end of the year, and we look forward to Q4 and closing the year on a high.