HR and Recruitment Agencies – BFF or Frenemies

May 14th, 2021 | Industry News

This subject has been aired on a couple of industry blogs recently, so we thought we’d lay out the pros and cons we’ve seen as recruitment software experts.

Working together is valuable because:

HR departments often don’t have the wider expertise they need. For example, recruiting software can parse translatable skills in a way that individuals often cannot. In addition, recruitment agencies often have deeper links into the wider business sector than HR departments do, which can be valuable in talent acquisition.

Analytics are essential. There’s often a combination of data that delivers the right result. An HR department has information about its own needs, strategies and internal systems while an agency uses recruitment CRM software to mine data on potential candidates and industry developments that can help define a position or benefits in a way that make it attractive to the best candidates.

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Recruitment on the road and from the ground up

April 26th, 2021 | Industry News

Recruitment agencies that make use of SaaS have been reporting a huge surge in recruitment in certain areas of retail… one of which is vehicle sales. More specifically, car sales, as the trade market seems to be taking a little longer to get back on its feet, although several industry professionals are suggesting that we might see a long-term upsurge in van sales, as people move from bricks and mortar operations to mobile ones, both because they are moving away from renting commercial premises as a result of the pandemic and because many furloughed/laid off individuals are looking at starting sole-trader enterprises such as dog grooming, massage, mobile coffee shops and handyman enterprises.

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Recruitment for cybersecurity and why you probably need a recruitment agency

April 8th, 2021 | Industry News

Cybersecurity recruitment issues

There’s a substantial talent gap in the cybersecurity industry, and that’s hardly news. What’s exacerbated the problem is that 2020 turned every functioning company into a technology company, and 2021 is causing many organisations to look at their long term plans and work out how much of their activity they want to keep entirely online. Recruiting software data reveals the truth – it’s not just e-commerce organisations that are seeking cybersecurity professionals. Organisations that are planning to keep their remote working capacity now they’ve found how easy it is are also using online recruitment software to try and find skilled individuals who can help them with issues like ransomware, phishing, and of course, GDPR.

Why such a problem? Partly because there’s a gap between the theory of taught cybersecurity and the on-the-ground (or in the cloud) needs of organisations trying to manage external threats and compliance issues. Narrow curriculums lead to candidates who lack a 360 view of their sector. Recruitment software UK specialists recommend looking at skills based events to recruit proactively and focusing on in-house training as part of the deal.

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Recruitment goes from strength to strength

March 29th, 2021 | Industry News

We all know it’s been an unbelievable 12 months for the recruitment sector. Agencies making use of SaaS (software as a service) platforms in particular have been able to observe the trends, mainly negative, that have shaped the past year in recruiting, but finally there seems to be blue skies above the clouds that have affected every industry. From the USA, comes encouraging news about temporary employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that 9 out of 15 major industry sectors posted positive employment levels in February 2021. Highlights include the much needed 355,000 new temporary jobs in the Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism sector. On the other hand, a decrease of 86,000 jobs in education is evidence that there’s still a long way to go. Sadly, the Bureau agrees with everything that recruitment software is also saying – all 15 sectors are still employing fewer people than a year ago.

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How to improve your company’s productivity in 2021

March 9th, 2021 | Industry News

New research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation claims that professional recruitment boosts UK productivity by £7.7 billion annually. However, the research also shows that while 52% of those consulted say that businesses are recruiting efficiently that leaves 48% who think more can be done to achieve effective recruitment. Online recruitment software has had a major impact on recruitment since the pandemic hit. By June 2020 37% of employees were working from home full-time and happy about it, and a further 32% hoped that the future would bring a better work-life balance by allowing them to work from home at least part of the time in the future. Happier workers are more productive, so this trend is likely to benefit both employers and employees.

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Food and the future – recruitment in focus

February 23rd, 2021 | Industry News

Many industries have been hard hit by the pandemic – but the food industry has been one of those most affected. Attracting new talent to a sector that has traditionally been a less attractive area because salaries tend to be low and hours long and anti-social, isn’t being made easier by the traditional approaches to recruitment. A recent survey shows that Gen Z (those born after 1997) finds the food industry unappealing. Online recruitment software can help by pointing out the role of technology not just in recruitment but in the food sector itself. Food retailers and manufacturers can benefit by using recruitment management software to highlight the range of career paths to those entering the sector and then using recruitment CRM software to manage relationships with senior executives and talents in the industry to prove relevance and highlight company culture in ways that create awareness of the contribution of food sectors to communities.

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Financial services recruitment bounces back plus future of work

February 12th, 2021 | Industry News

It’s been a long time coming. For over a decade the financial services industry in the UK has struggled to survive debt crisis after debt crisis, Brexit woes and worries, and finally the pandemic. However, following a regular reduction in financial services recruitment year-on-year, the final decision around Brexit has given some optimism. Understaffing is a real concern, and there’s a low level talent war going on, as London repositions itself as a finance powerhouse. The best recruitment CRM is designed to help organisations find the best talent, whether in finance or any other sector.

While many customer-facing roles are expected to grow in the next two years, fintech (financial technology) is the current buzzword and web based recruitment software is ideally placed to identify any kind of tech specialist, especially fintech, as these are candidates whose online presence and portfolio should be easily identifiable, giving recruiters a major advantage in spotting and engaging with up-and-coming talent globally.

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Recruitment, responsibility and law

January 25th, 2021 | Industry News

It can be easy to think that other people’s problems are not our own. So when the The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) recently announced the release of a Responsible Recruitment Due Diligence Toolkit, it may not have seemed particularly relevant to the UK. However, the toolkit, designed to prevent forced labour in supply chains, is definitely something that temporary hire agencies should at least be aware of. Recruitment software UK based hasn’t always focused on forced labour – but the Morecambe Bay tragedy showed that gang labour can be problematic here too. The difficulties are that there’s often a long supply chain between end hire and agency consultant, which makes due diligence difficult, and the nature of temporary contracts can make in-depth investigation of every link in that chain simply unmanageable. The best recruitment software for agencies should ensure that a clear documentation trail exists both for the contractor and the contractee, which means that patterns and oddities can be traced.

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EU – UK trade deal

January 16th, 2021 | Industry News

The less than snappily named UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement has finally been presented to parliament and will become law. It’s been in effect since 31 December but given the new UK lockdown the effect of many of its provisions remains largely untried.

Of most significance to the UK recruitment industry is the failure to provide automatic recognition systems for professional qualifications. This process means that medical personnel, chefs, architects, accountants etc will now have to demonstrate either competence or equivalency through mechanisms that have not, as yet, been designed, let alone tested. Applicant tracking system UK centred software will now have to cope with this factor. SAAS recruitment agencies are likely to have an advantage in this area, assuming they are not bespoke systems which may therefore require substantial reconfiguration. This is because software designed to be used online with ‘software as a service’ capacity is usually constructed to handle rapid updates and to integrate with other administrative systems.

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12 months of recruitment in focus

December 30th, 2020 | Industry News

The UK’s recruitment sector increased to a £42.3 billion turnover in pre-pandemic 2019, that’s an overall 8% expansion and totals 2.1% of the contribution to the UK economy of each industry. That’s a greater benefit to the UK as a whole than education or the arts. More interesting to those seeking the best recruitment CRM is the breakdown between temp and contract and permanent placement/headhunting. Just £4.5 billion of that total comes from headhunting and permanent placement activity. After the impact of COVID-19, which has challenged the temp and contract sector with boom and flatline cycles that have taxed even the best recruiting software to keep pace, permanent placement has started to look like an attractive proposition to hard-hit smaller agencies. And that’s most of us. 81% of the recruitment agencies in the UK have fewer than ten staff and 2020 has forced many small operations to merge or go under.

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