Where have all the workers gone? A recruiter’s guide!

June 6th, 2023 | Industry News

A recent House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has come up with four significant factors affecting UK recruitment. Entitled Where Have All The Workers Gone? it answer the question with some bleak facts.

First, economic inactivity (leaving the workforce) has grown by 565,000 since the beginning of the pandemic. Four factors contribute to this challenging statistic:

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Recruitment – online versus face to face

May 19th, 2023 | Industry News

The pandemic may now seem like recent history, but it has changed the face of employment. Employers are struggling to find the balance between remote employees, hybrid ones and a workforce back in the workplace. Social environments have broken down and there are no obvious new ways to create workplace culture. Additionally, the pandemic led to the utilisation of online recruitment tools such as SaaS recruitment agencies in unprecedented numbers.

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Using recruiting software to break through the ‘apply anyway’ logjam

May 5th, 2023 | Industry News

Surveys and anecdotes both reveal that HR teams and recruitment consultants are being overwhelmed by applications from under-qualified candidates. It wouldn’t be so bad, if they weren’t also having to trawl through the same slush pile to find the well-qualified individuals who can actually do the job on offer.

In a recent survey of HR professionals, recruiters and hiring managers, three quarters of respondents said that the lack of qualified applicants was the biggest challenge they were facing in 2023.

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Tech recruitment slumps as candidates repurpose their skills

April 25th, 2023 | Industry News

From London to China, recruitment agencies are reporting changes in hiring practice as a result of the tech downturn. One tech blog reports that layoffs in the sector so far in 2023 are currently 168,243, which includes Disney planning to lay off 7,000 staffers in three tranches over the year and Amazon cutting 9,000. One place this has really affected is the SAAS industry, including SAAS recruitment agencies, although the impact here has been minimal so far. All industries point to the same macro-economic problems, and many cite the need to develop a more disciplined hiring behaviour as they move towards profitability. While the impact, according to recruitment database software, is not that significant in the UK, the tech sector is proving more dubious about hiring permanent staff so temporary recruitment is experiencing a minor boom. Anecdotally, staffers talk about being laid off one week and re-hired on a short-term contract the week after. this is a reversal of the trend in hiring was a whole, where employers are tending to hire fewer new temporary staff but to extend existing temporary contracts.

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Why ATS matters to effective recruiting

April 5th, 2023 | Company News

It’s a given that software has permanently altered the nature of recruitment, and that every recruitment agency now makes more or less use of various forms of recruitment software. However, the extent to which recruiters develop their talent management strategy via recruiting software may decide how well they achieve their goals. In particular Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), can be utilised to improve recruitment efficiency and accuracy.

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Recruitment Software – and how to use it to improve your recruitment processes

March 27th, 2023 | Industry News

Few sectors have changed more quickly and more often than recruiting over the past fews years. Employees are increasingly unhappy in their workplaces, especially in the UK, and while fear of unemployment is keeping some people in role, others have taken the opportunity to move fields, or to move out of paid employment altogether.

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The recruiter mindset – and how it needs to change

March 6th, 2023 | Industry News

Despite the continuing volatility in the hiring market, employers and recruiters still tend to think in the old established patterns such as ‘we’re sharing this job with the marketplace and we’ll chose the best candidate’ or ‘we’re opening this opportunity up to the talent pool’. This can be shortsighted. A 2021 survey of 5,000 UK employees found that 89% were thinking about changing jobs. The so called ‘talent pool’ now includes all the people a company already employs and – while employers cast out their lines into the talent pool – other employers are fishing in their existing workforce!

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Software for recruiters – a best practice guide

February 20th, 2023 | Industry News

It’s been an insanely demanding few years for HR professionals: pandemics, inflation, economic turbulence – no wonder that recruitment has come to feel both complicated and pressurised. So how are HR managers and recruiters coping? The answers are sometimes surprising

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Where is recruitment feeling the love in 2023?

February 6th, 2023 | Industry News

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re starting February with a look at where the recruitment industry is getting some swipe rights.

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The world of work – a review of recruitment issues in 2023

January 17th, 2023 | Industry News

It might seem early in the year to be talking about 2023’s recruitment issues, but surveys from around the globe show that employers, and recruitment agencies, are facing the same problems:

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