Market Update - mustard XP

14-Sep-20




It is no secret that the job market within the events industry is a tough place at the moment. There has been a large amount of redundancies and even more sadly, we have seen the closure of some well-established companies over the last month. This has meant that there is more competition than ever for the jobs that are out there. However, what continues to be refreshing is the unity of the events industry and the willingness to help one another through these tricky times. 

Contrary to the above, the amount of vacancies that the XP team have taken on has increased over the last month. This is certainly a positive and even more so as August is naturally a slow month in recruitment due to children being off school, holidays etc. It will come as no surprise that most of the roles that we have taken on have been virtual event roles. This has mainly been across three different sub sectors: Online Event Platforms, Broadcasting/Streaming & AR/VR Events.  The types of roles include, developers, producers, technical producers, 3D Artists & Business Development managers. 

When I first came back from furlough nearly 3 months ago, I had anticipated that there would be an increase of contract/freelance roles. This was not the case initially, but over the last few weeks most of the positions we have come across have been freelance. We are also anticipating that there will be an upward trend in freelance roles compared to permanent over the next few months too. So, if you have never dipped your toes in the freelance world, I would certainly suggest that it is something you start to think about. 

Another positive that we have seen is that the positions we have been working on have been more equally spread across the UK, rather than there being an extra heavy focus on London based positions. This is coupled with the fact that for almost all the roles we are working on, remote working is possible which opens the positions to a wider range of candidates. 

All in all, there certainly seems to be an up turn in activity across the events industry. I believe that this is because confidence in delivering virtual events and the overall quality of projects is increasing. There has not been much to be positive in 2020, but with the incredible resilience of the events industry I am confident that we will return to the buoyancy and success of the pre-pandemic market. 

If you have been made redundant, would like some advice on your job search, or just a chat in general then please get in touch with the mustardXP team and set up a call. 



This blog was provided by Josh Howell, Recruitment Consultant - mustard XP. For all things Events, Exhibitions and Experiential in the North - he can be contacted on either 0117 284 0064 or at josh.howell@mustardjobs.co.uk. 

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