Q3 Trends & Q4 Predictions

24th October 2019

What trends did we see throughout Q3 and what are our predictions for the final stretch of 2019?



Despite Brexit dominating the public affairs sphere, we have seen a very positive impact within public affairs recruitment. Throughout Q3 there was a significant rise in PA roles across all levels, especially within agencies, suggesting clients are needing added PA support during uncertain times.


The junior end of the market was extremely busy throughout Q3, creating a very candidate driven and competitive market. We saw agencies across all sectors looking to make numerous hires and junior in-house recruitment was busy too. This led to clients having to make very competitive offers to counteract the risk of losing talent.


The end of Q3 saw increased activity from both candidates and clients which lead to an extremely busy September! People seem less worried about the impact of Brexit on the communications industry and recruitment is only going to get busier throughout the rest of the year! If you’re looking for a new role before Christmas, please do get in touch.


Property is always a busy sector for us throughout the whole year, however Q3 saw a particularly large increase in the volume of roles, especially at the mid-senior level and in-house.



A very busy September has meant Q4 has also been extremely busy so far, and we have no doubts that this will continue into the New Year. Many clients want to secure new hires this side of Christmas to ensure their teams are ready to start afresh in January. There are also recruitment budgets to use up before 2020, so we predict Q4 will continue to be active. Candidates are also keen to find a new role before the end of the year so if you like a candidate, it is best get the hiring process over and done with ASAP!


JFL are very excited to be welcoming 2 new Graduate Consultants at the end of this month – James and Chloe! If you’re a Graduate looking for a new role, please do get in touch, they’d be delighted to help.


Despite only being in the first month of Q4, we have seen a real increase in Digital Marketing and Social Media roles spanning a range of sectors including charity, professional services, trade bodies, consumer, B2B and sustainability! With more companies than ever becoming integrated in order to fully service their clients, we don’t expect to see digital roles quietening any time soon.