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Internal communication roles are on the up after a few years of recession-hit stagnation.

Andrew Harvey (pictured) of recruitment specialists VMA says the communication jobs market is heading for boom time again as corporates, public sector and even not-for-profit organisations gain in post-recession confidence.

He will present the full findings of VMA’s Professional Development in Internal Communication Survey 2015-16 at the IoIC Central Region Annual Seminar in Leicester on Friday February 26.

In the meantime, Andrew tells InsideOut (the free digital magazine for IoIC members) which areas are booming, what's behind the rise of interim roles, the IC skills jobseekers need and all about the future of careers in comms.

As executive director of the internal communications practice at global recruitment specialists VMA, he has just overseen the biggest survey ever undertaken in the group’s 37-year history. More than 500 internal communicators responded.

He says the results are still being analysed but there are clear pointers that it will soon be boom time for career opportunities in IC.

“During the final quarter of 2015 we’ve been flat out, incredibly busy,” says Andrew. “The majority of jobs we’ve been filling are for salaries between £40k and £75k, so a lot of opportunities for managers and senior managers.”

There have also been opportunities in more junior roles (at around £25k), although he adds: “If you’re a head of internal comms on around £90-100k, there’s movement but much less.

“The second half of the year finished much more buoyant than the first half and my feeling that the positive jobs market will continue into 2016.

“I also think this will extend to the senior level because there’s a huge appetite for people to move, so if we get one or two people moving we’ll see a domino effect.

“I know at least 200 heads of comms who are ready to move and would consider a new role. That’s across public sector, not-for-profit and corporate, although in sheer numbers there are more in corporate because that market is much bigger.”

For more on the rise of interim work, the skills most in demand from those recruiting communicators, and the future of the IC jobs market IoIC members can read or download January’s InsideOut now. Log in at the top right of this screen. You’ll then find InsideOut in ‘IoIC Knows’– simply click on ‘Publications’ in the drop-down menu.

Andrew Harvey will be joined by Cathy Brown of Engage For Success and TEDx coach Craig Millar at the IoIC Central seminar in Leicester on February 26.
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