Salary increases across East Anglia sees Reed Specialist Recruitment invest in new Chelmsford office

Chelmsford mayor, councillor Bob Massey, opened a new branch of one of the UK’s leading specialist recruitment agencies, yesterday (Tuesday 3 March 2020).

l-r: Collette Huckle, regional managing director REED, James Reed, chairman of REED, mayor Bob Massey, Vicki Cooper, area manager Reed Chelmsford and Andy Burgess, regional manager Reed Chelmsford.

The mayor opened the Reed Specialist Recruitment office in Chelmsford, that will serve companies across Essex. The branch opening comes as the region saw salary increases of up to 9.5 per cent for roles across finance, hospitality and leisure, technology and marketing, during 2019 according to new data from the recruitment firm.

The opening of Reed Chelmsford by the mayor, now situated at 1-1a Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0HR, follows the specialist recruitment firm out-growing its old offices on New London Road, and the release of the Reed Specialist Recruitment Salary Guides 2020 which found that salaries across East Anglia grew by an average of 2.0 per cent last year.

This significant and promising growth is the result of high demand for talent across Essex in sectors including technology, construction, manufacturing, logistics, finance and marketing.

In addition, Reed Chelmsford has also announced its own expansion ambitions. The office plans to grow its team of sector specialist recruiters from 18 to 30 in the next three years and is taking applications now.

Mayor Bob Massey, said: “Reed Specialist Recruitment moving to larger offices and planning its own growth shows how Chelmsford is attracting businesses and creating jobs for people in the area. Having a firm that is synonymous with successful, satisfying careers invest in Chelmsford and its people is really good news and I’m delighted to open this new office.”

UK-wide recruitment expertise

Reed Chelmsford will hold expertise for businesses and candidates across 14 sectors including accountancy and finance, business support, hospitality and leisure, human resources, engineering, procurement and supply chain and education.

Andy Burgess, regional manager of Reed Chelmsford, said: “This move isn’t just a measure of growth for REED in Chelmsford, it is also a decision to move closer to the heart of the community and be on the doorstep of our customers.

“We can also provide the insights that candidates and clients need to make the best recruitment decisions for them that futureproof and strengthen themselves and their companies.”

Regional salaries on the rise

The recruiters latest salary guides revealed that the jobs with the largest wage increases across East Anglia were accounts payable assistants (6.9 per cent) and sous chefs (6.6 per cent) for salaries under £40,000 a year.

Meanwhile, for roles with salaries above £40,000, data engineers enjoyed a boom of 9.5 per cent, closely followed by operations directors (9.0 per cent), UX designers (6.3 per cent) and procurement directors (5.2 per cent).

Andy Burgess, continued: “We’re standing at the edge of major change for UK business, and we feel that this is the best time to invest in the talent across the thriving Essex area. There are so many industries doing well with finance, construction, logistics, manufacturing, technology and marketing and creative sectors looking for talent. Reed Chelmsford is here to make sure that businesses get the right talent and candidates get the right careers so that both can thrive.”

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