Recruitment and data protection – the elephant in the room

April 24th, 2018 | Industry News

Cambridge Analytica might be today’s Bond villains, but data protection isn’t just an issue for Facebook users. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect in May 2018, will affect every UK business that stores data. Brexit has added an unwelcome level of uncertainty about UK legislation but for most organisations it’s wise to attempt GDPR compliance even if they are not selling goods or services to individuals in other EU countries. Why? Well because the UK government has already stated that it will implement ‘equivalent or alternative legal mechanisms’ which means that GDPR works as a good baseline whilst we wait to see what the UK actually does.

So… what has this to do with recruitment? Well, recruitment database software is likely to be seen as an ‘easy target’ when testing GDPR compliance, meaning that recruitment consultancies may find themselves in the front line when GDPR test cases are brought and when regulating bodies start inspections. For small and specialist recruiters this is a real headache. Making their files GDPR compliant has already led to many deciding that they will simply strip out much of their database information – this means that passive candidates will be removed, leaving only currently active candidates.

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As the UK recruitment industry expands, it struggles with diversity

April 9th, 2018 | Industry News

The news that more new recruitment consultancies were set up in January and February of this year than in 2017 suggests that the industry is faring well. The 1,777 new agencies demonstrate an increase of 9% over the previous year and each of these agencies will be looking for the competitive edge against both established rivals and other new entrants. Online recruitment software may provide the advantage that these new businesses are seeking for three reasons:

  1. Streamlined recruitment management software gives them the ability to focus on what distinguishes them from competitors rather than wasting time on mundane processes
  2. Personal engagement with both clients and candidates can be furthered through using software as a service to garner and store information that builds deeper relationships in both directions
  3. Rapid responses to changes in the marketplace are likely to be required of all successful recruitment agencies – those using recruitment database software that is flexible, intuitive and regularly upgraded by the provider are more likely to be able to make those responsive alterations that give the agency the edge.

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UK recruitment focus – March 2018

March 22nd, 2018 | Industry News

The next recruitment crisis – STEM

Most industries already know that recruiting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) candidates is getting tougher. Even the best recruitment CRM can struggle to identify more than a few available candidates for senior level positions in these fields. A recent survey of 186 chemists reveals that they believe their profession is in crisis. A third of those who responded said that low recruitment numbers were creating a serious problem. Why? Well, despite Breaking Bad, chemistry is not as exciting as some other science fields and lacks the big public awareness stories that physics (Large Hadron Collider) and biology (Human Genome Project) use to drive recruitment.

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Career showcases and the power of data

March 8th, 2018 | Industry News

Many employers are exploring the possibilities that career showcasing can offer recruitment. For example, over 700 people recently travelled to North Tyneside for a recruitment event hosted by a training organisation for a wind industry service provider.

Career showcasing offers recruiters the following benefits:

  • Talent identification – both current and future
  • Pipelining for planned projects
  • Immediate need recruitment

There’s a further benefit too, which is that over time, sophisticated recruitment software can track attenders at such events, chart their career progress and recognise where top talent pools are likely to accumulate. Web based recruitment software can be used in real time to log the engagement of candidates at showcases, giving a 360 degree picture of their interests and preferences, allowing savvy recruiters to stockpile talent for future use and to identify likely career trajectories, giving them the ability to forecast when a particular candidate will be of maximum value to an organisation.

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Needing defenders and becoming social – UK recruitment practices in the spotlight

February 21st, 2018 | Industry News

A survey of recruitment consultants in January 2018 revealed that 80% are ‘sick of defending their profession’ from claims they are unscrupulous and greedy. Why does recruitment have such a bad reputation?

Partly it’s historical, recruiters were equated with second-hand car dealers because they were paid like them – if you only got money when you filled a vacancy you lied, cheated and manipulated to get anybody into any job. But partly it’s modern – the average recruitment database is filled with candidates who are never contacted and therefore feel neglected and unwanted. Today’s recruitment system doesn’t generally focus on the candidate, and it’s easy for them to feel like little more than job fodder unless they are highly skilled, head-huntable individuals who get wined and dined before being offered jobs!

But that’s not how it has to be. Today’s online recruitment software is capable of automating many tasks so that both clients and candidates are kept in touch with recruitment progress. In addition, easy to use recruitment software gives recruitment consultants lots more time to spend with both clients and candidates, doing the part of the job that really matters, understanding needs, communicating and matching up perfect candidates with ideal jobs.

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Recruiting’s biggest challenges in 2018

February 7th, 2018 | Industry News

LinkedIn’s 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report contains a fascinating range of challenges for recruiters in the year ahead – although a number of them seem to conflict with wider trends in the UK economic climate. A major theme is the role of diversity – which 82% of hirers saw as the top trend for the year, at a time when almost every professional and trade body is expressing concern about the effect of Brexit on the candidate pool and especially, the tendency for top talent to be seeking jobs outside the UK because of employment uncertainty.

A second factor that will challenge hiring managers, is the ability to assess soft skills, which 63% of those surveyed said was a problem. Soft skills are notoriously difficult to interview for which is why recruitment software that can build soft skills evidence in to the applicant tracking system is likely to be invaluable to companies and recruitment agencies seeking candidates with well-developed communication and teamwork attributes.

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Recruitment resolutions to make in 2018

January 19th, 2018 | Industry News

We’ve been looking around at industry predictions and reviewing 2017’s highs and lows to come up with some recruitment resolutions that will help your organisation in 2018.

1. Recruit/Promote/Replace – be visionary about growth

According to a survey of nearly 1,000 recruiters, 76% of managers are planning to promote staff, while 24% are intending to replace departing staff with technology that will perform their functions. At a time when recruitment is booming in certain industries, finding suitable consultants can be time-consuming. Chatbots that handle the first stages of candidate filtering are becoming commonplace. Even simple recruitment software now offers sophisticated applicant tracking systems that reduce the time spent on administration and give consultants more time to do the really important human tasks such as building trust and understanding client needs.

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Recruitment predictions for 2018

January 5th, 2018 | Industry News

In the final days of December 2017, a report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reveals that fewer UK employers are planning to take on more staff next year. In fact, employers in London are expecting to reduce jobs. Two thirds of companies said that Britain will be a less attractive place to do business in 2018 and at the same time as recruitment struggles, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said that pay rates are likely to remain tight, with most employers not intending to make any pay rises above the current inflation rate. What does this mean for the recruitment industry and recruitment generally?

The same REC report showed that many British businesses are finding it hard to locate the skilled workers they require, which can lead to limited business growth as well as stifling wage increases. The evidence is that permanent jobs were filled at the quickest rate for three months in November, as businesses grabbed suitable candidates. For recruitment consultancies, applicant tracking software that rapidly filters candidates by experience and/or qualifications can make the difference between a successful placement and a failed relationship with a client. Cloud recruitment software offers a distinct advantage in this regard, giving consultants online access to candidate profiles and client communications both round the clock and when on the go, meaning that the face-to-face part of consultancy can be maintained alongside managing the administrative processes of effective recruitment systems.

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2017 in focus – recruitment at the forefront

December 26th, 2017 | Industry News

Brexit, budget and disruptive technology – 2017 has been a turbulent year for recruitment. Growth revision has been lowered from 2% to 1.5% with a continuing decline until 2020, leading to stagnation in the job market and fierce competition for candidates in the diminishing pool of suitably qualified mid to senior personnel in many industries, notably the legal, pharma, medical and estate agency sectors.

The budget announcement of a new partnership between CBI, government and the TUC is designed to encourage people of all ages to train and retrain in key shortage areas. Digital skills are a particular focus and this is important to SMEs who will be glad to hear that many start-ups, technical ones in particular are to be given support to grow. IR35 will have a compliance load for contractor and business-to-business transactions around labour supply. New tax and NI obligations will add to the cost of doing business and sophisticated recruitment software can help organisations reduce both the cost and the extra time required to administer changes in taxation.

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How to be a happy recruiter

December 12th, 2017 | Industry News

Recruitment experiences different pinch points throughout the year and at the end of the summer but before Christmas there tends to be a rush of candidates seeking new jobs before the new year. The good news is that a recent survey revealed that there has been an 11% increase in advertised vacancies over this period in 2016. The bad news … those applications tend to be rushed, incomplete and inexact.

Recruitment software that can’t recognise such inadequate CVs leaves recruiters with a headache. Any applicant tracking system that doesn’t support recruitment agencies or HR departments in sifting heaps of applications is almost worse than useless because it creates the impression that it’s speeding up the recruitment process whilst in fact it’s leaving recruiters with a pile of useless candidate profiles that still have to be trawled through as the ideal candidate could be lurking within the heap.

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