Executive posts in public sector, medicine and life sciences on the rise

Vacancies for executive jobs in the public sector, medicine and life sciences are on the rise, according to new research published yesterday.

A sample of 6,500 advertised UK vacancies for senior executives over the past six months revealed that empty posts in the public sector had risen by 9%.

Vacant positions in medicine had also climbed by 5%, and opportunities for work in life sciences had risen by 1%, according to jobs monitor Experteer.co.uk.

However, other sectors fared less well. Consulting services were the worst hit, with an 8% fall in top jobs, while IT and civil engineering and real estate posts also suffered a 3% decline.

Torsten Muth, managing director of Experteer.co.uk, said: “While there is no denying that it has never been tougher to secure a senior position, senior vacancies are still in existence in particular industries. Executives in the consulting and real estate professions should consider carefully whether their experience might be relevant to other job functions or other disciplines.”

Earlier this month, the Monster Employment Index, a monthly analysis of job opportunities culled from online jobs boards, found the HR sector was still in decline. It has been one of the worst-hit functions during the recession.

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