Jason Moore Cobalt Recruitment It has been a busy year in the Planning sector having witnessed the majority of our consultancy clients strengthen their teams at all levels with a promising number of Assistant Planner opportunities arising for those looking to begin their career.

It appears that the confidence felt towards the end of 2014 carried on throughout the whole of 2015 as a surprise win for the Conservatives in the General Election meant encouraging news for the housing market.

Whilst opportunities have been rife for experienced Planners to join rival consultancies or public sector employees to make the switch, we have also assisted with a number of exciting client-side opportunities.

It seems most Planning teams across the UK are working close to full capacity and an increasing number of developers, housebuilders and land promotion companies are seeking to at least bring some of the planning process in-house. Such positions always prove popular and residential experience is highly advantageous in securing such a role; we anticipate many more of these opportunities arising in early 2016.

London leads the charge
London has, once again, led the charge for the Planning sector over the last twelve months. Whilst there has been a slow down in the number of mergers/acquisitions, there has been some exceptional growth of planning teams. In particular, there has been demand for chartered Planners across the city with residential experience as the ‘Office to Resi’ legislation had a positive impact on the sector and the housing market. Client-side opportunities have also increased over the last twelve months and we enter 2016 with a number of exciting instructions from leading developers across the city. There seems little doubt about this continuing well into the New Year.

Devolution plans driving activity
Regionally, the Planning sector has been doing extremely well with Manchester leading the charge thanks to the Chancellor’s devolution plans. It remains to be seen exactly how well they will benefit the city and the North West region but the outlook is very positive with many clients keen to continue their recruitment in early 2016 and ample opportunity for both experienced Planners and those seeking their first professional position.

Looking ahead
We have no doubt that 2016 will be a superb year for Town Planning as the Housing market looks set to continue to grow at a rather rapid pace whilst the Commercial sector continues to go from strength to strength.

If you would like to discuss your recruitment requirements or the planning opportunities available, contact Jason Moore on 0161 457 0105. 

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