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How to hire communications talent in 2023

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Are you hiring communications talent before the end of the year? Our updated How to Hir...

Are you hiring communications talent before the end of the year? 

Our updated How to Hire report is a must-read for anyone looking to add to their communications team soon. With so much change in the recruitment market, we’ve updated this report with the very latest information on trends and challenges we’ve seen so far throughout the year. Our specialist recruitment consultants have detailed what you need to do in order to secure the very best communications talent before the end of 2023.


What does communications recruitment look like in 2023?

In this post-pandemic world, we’re seeing communications teams recognised as an essential part of a company.

While we’re continuing to see a steady rise in the number of communications jobs, the recruitment market has largely returned to normal hiring levels. In 2022 the recruitment market was unprecedently busy, with companies hiring at an unsustainable rate. Now, we have seen the market scale back.

Many will believe that this makes it easier for businesses to identify top talent, however there are different challenges that they must now face, including:

  1. The cost-of-living crisis
  2. An increased number of applications
  3. Limited hiring resources
  4. Fast-approaching deadlines

If you’re facing these hiring challenges, you are not alone! But our recently updated How to Hire report can help. Our specialist recruiters have reflected on the events of the year so far and have updated the report with the very latest recruitment advice, including a complete salary guide for permanent and temporary communications jobs.

The importance of understanding communications salaries

If you read the previous rendition of our 2023 How to Hire report, you’ll know that salaries rose by 20% between 2021 and 2022. With the recruitment market returning to normal hiring levels this year, many would assume that salaries would have declined also. However, this is not the case.

The cost-of-living crisis means that candidates continue to prioritise salary when they search for a new role. This means that salaries have stagnated at the higher rate. Our data has revealed that salaries have increased by just 2% in 2023.

Looking to add to your communications team for the first time in a while? We would highly recommend taking the time to benchmark your communications salaries to give yourself the best chance in securing top talent.

How can contractors grow your communications department?

If you need to make impactful hires by the end of the year, contractors are the solution!

Due to holidays, notice periods and onboarding, it can take anywhere between 3-6 months to see results from your permanent hires. However, contractors can make an impact in their new role immediately. Accustomed to joining a business and adding value straight away, temporary hires are in high demand at the end of the year.

Plus, as predicted, contract hires have been instrumental in overcoming budget restrictions. Many employers have hired senior contractors to work part time, in place of junior hires working full time. For more information about hiring temporary communications professionals, download the report.

For more communications recruitment advice, get in touch!

3Search is the largest digital marketing recruitment agency in London. With people at the heart of everything we do, we deliver the best recruitment experience for all.

If you’re looking for more recruitment advice or hands-on hiring support, get in touch with our specialist recruiters - Matthew Stevenson can be reached at

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