Experienced packaging designers, technologists and sales people are still in big demand despite
the economic crisis, although demand has slowed for account management roles, according to headhunter
There was a 60% increase in the number of vacancies for structural designers in the first two months
of the year, compared to 2008, and a 38% increase for packaging technologists.
Head of packaging Greg Nelson said the "dramatic increase" was due to "increasing intensivity of
environmental pressures and concerns ". "This leads to a need for retailers, in particular, to be
seen to be doing more in terms of making packaging more eco-friendly."
He added that technologists with five or more years of experience, who have not changed jobs too
frequently, "should not find it difficult to source alternative employment".
On the sales and marketing side, new business sales executive vacancies rose by 60% compared to last
year, but demand for account management roles dropped by a third.
Steve Parker, managing consultant in Harrison Scott's packaging division, said this was due to companies
seeking "an exact fit for vacancies" leading to less movement between sectors.
"Clients no longer feel they have time to wait, even for a talented sales professional with a proven
track record in a different sector to pick up the product knowledge and specific characteristics
of a new market," he said.
Vacancies fell in two areas - account management, down 35%, and estimating/commercial manager roles,
down 37% compared to last year.
There was no change compared to last year in director-level roles including managing director and