The number of residential sales vacancies registered with one industry personnel firm in the first quarter of 2017 has more than doubled compared to the same period last year.
“It’s a really strange market out there in estate agency but the lack of available recruits is a defining factor” claims Property Personnel managing director Anthony Hesse.
He says one client has over 100 vacancies they are unable to fill; another has 46 property manager vacancies that they can’t find suitable candidates for.
“I would say that the struggle to fill vacancies is currently second-only to the difficulties estate agencies are experiencing financially” warns Hesse.
However, the number of lettings vacancies has remained stable.
“The three months after the referendum saw a significant drop in the number of vacancies available – especially in residential sales, but also a slight dip in lettings. However, on the sales side, nine months later, there are scores of jobs available out there” he continues.
Hesse says that 36 per cent of his placements in 2016 were people with no experience in estate agency whatsoever.
“This year, around a third of our vacancies would consider candidates with a similar background” Hesse concludes.