Welcome to Atwood Tate’s industry spotlight series, where we go behind the scenes of each of our recruitment desks to give you the scoop on working with Atwood Tate. This week’s entry is with Claire Carrington-Smith and Faye Jones, who work across all locations excluding London,the Home Counties and East Anglia. They cover all sectors except B2B.
Welcome to the Oxford desk, which is looked after by Claire Carrington-Smith, Senior Publishing Recruitment Consultant and Faye Jones, Trainee Publishing Recruitment Consultant. We cover all roles in all sectors outside London, Home Counties and East Anglia (except B2B) so we are a busy desk over in our small office in lovely Summertown in Oxford.
Today we are going to focus in on regional publishing and give you some insight into what sectors we cover and the kind of roles that are available outside of London.
Are there publishing jobs outside of London and Oxford?
Yes! There are publishers working outside of London and Oxford in all areas of publishing around the UK and Internationally.
We have work with publishers based in areas that you would not necessarily associate with publishing and we are currently working on roles based in Northamptonshire, Wales and Sweden.
Most UK trade publishers are based in London and many candidates who want to start their career in publishers move there and do not necessarily think of Oxford or other areas of the UK. Many Educational and Academic publishers are in Oxford so if you want to get into either of those sectors Oxford is the place to be.
We do have some roles that are homeworking and this can be a big help for candidates with a long commute.
What areas of Publishing do you cover on the Oxford desk?
We cover a wide range of publishing sectors but in Oxford we mainly work on roles within educational, academic and professional publishing, however we do get the occasional role within Trade publishing but these roles do not come up very often.
We have worked on STM, Charity and production services roles and do get work with publishers within these sectors regularly as well.
What kinds of roles do you cover?
In Oxford, we cover everything, and we can be working on an editorial, production and marketing role at the same time in different areas of Oxford and the UK as a whole, so we are quite diverse in the roles that we cover.
We work with many smaller independent publishers who have between 15 and 25 members of staff. We do not get many publicity roles because we do not work with that many trade publishers.
Who do you work with?
We cover all roles and in all sectors outside London, Home Counties and East Anglia. We regularly work with Educational and academic publishers in and out of Oxford and we often visit our regular clients to talk about candidates and any future roles coming up.
We do work with some publishers on international roles and are looking forward to working on more roles outside the UK in future.
How does the Oxford desk differ from London?
The Oxford desk is not specialised in one specific area of publishing, meaning that we get to work on all roles with a variety of different publishers. In some ways, our job is more difficult as we are often searching for candidates that are not interested in moving outside of London or having a long commute into work, which is completely understandable. In other ways, our job is really enjoyable because we get to expand our knowledge on the publishing industry as a whole and look at developments within all publishing roles and sectors.
Do you have any advice for candidates looking to move out of London?
If you’re looking to work in publishing outside of London you need to be flexible with the sector that you want to go into as well as the location. Some of the publishers that we work with are not based in the south east of England and if you want to secure a job in publishing outside of Oxford or London you will need to think about relocating.
Being flexible on the location, job sector and sometimes the salary can be beneficial when looking for a job outside of London, the more flexible you are the better!