Candidates for health and safety positions are finding that it is becoming increasingly competitive in order to land themselves with the top roles. We’ve seen a new trend of employers being highly selective over recruitment and the individuals that have qualifications and experience that go beyond what is typically required are finding themselves in better positions.
In particular, more general and standardised qualifications such as the NEBOSH combined with additional supplementary accreditations don’t any longer provide candidates with a distinct advantage over their peers. The top candidates are attempting to remain ahead of this curve by exploring international opportunities in order to learn valued skills that they wouldn’t otherwise learn in the UK with the intention of staying firmly above the crowd.
Commercially aware candidates with an understanding of business and decision making in the health, safety and environment sectors are more likely to obtain, hold and prosper in a senior position, and in fact this is becoming the de facto expectation from many employers.
When we questioned one of the leading media companies here in London, they made it clear that they want their senior HSE professionals to have the skills and knowledge necessary to communicate in business terms, in order produce health and safety solutions that compliment key commercial issues.
Following on from our trending observations, many HSE professionals are now acquiring MBAs in order to regain a decisive advantage over other potential candidates, and to gain the necessary commercial and business understanding. We’re keeping our eyes open to see whether this trend maintains momentum, and it will also be interesting to see what the next trend will be going forward.