2016 – A Year of Surprises

As the year draws to a close, it’s usual to take a look back at the previous 12 months to see whether they matched expectations from the onset. To say 2016 has been tumultuous would be, well, the understatement of the year! Forget the US and the EU, FM has had its fair share of upheaval, particularly among the guiding bodies. The jostling for position alongside BIFM as the industry’s premier professional body has thrown into perspective the breadth and international nature of the FM sphere and the ambition of some to wrest the mantle of leaders of sector education away from Bishop’s Stortford.

There are some cogent arguments on both sides and competition is healthy, provided the upshot is a consistent standard across all educational offerings. The industry is global and needs the right values to give the right message.

In the world of recruitment, it’s been the year of the candidate. With low unemployment rates and a marked skills shortage in a variety of sectors serving the FM world, the task of finding the standard of candidate has proved to be more challenging and this trend shows no sign of diminishing. Recruiters are having to find innovative ways of reaching those hard to reach candidates that may not be active in a job search. Consequently, salary levels in some sectors are showing signs of larger than normal inflation. For Catch 22, that challenge will be assisted by some great news you can find on the back page of this newsCatcher in the MD’s message.

We as a company will be able to strengthen our brand in order to connect more readily with a wider pool of FM and Property management talent. If, as predicted, the support sector suffers at the expense of core business recruitment, we will have the options to offer candidates an alternative.  Communicating with candidates, particularly through social media will be a vital part of engagement and we plan to broaden and refresh our channels early in 2017.