Whilst George Osbourne’s recent productivity plan focuses on boosting growth and productivity in the UK, the skills gap is an issue that needs tackling with urgency. Despite the increasing number of third-level graduates, the specific range of expertise required to fill medium skilled jobs is severely lacking.
The digital revolution has brought about change in almost every aspect of running a business, and recruitment is no exception. Using social media as a tool for sourcing potential candidates has become increasingly commonplace in recent years.
When competition to win over the ideal candidate is fierce, as an employer can you be doing more of to motivate these candidates to choose you and your role?
Posted on 1st September 2015 in Recruitment.
It’s summer. And that means businesses up and down the country, large and small, will be recruiting the latest graduates from schools and universities. The yearly intake of fresh talent is a time for businesses to embrace new ideas and perspectives and for new hires to show what they can do.
Recruiting and retaining talented sales staff, particularly in a telephone sales environment, continues to be a perennial challenge.
As if the time leading up to graduation would not have been demanding enough, the real challenge starts once young professionals leaving college who have managed to master job hunting and interviews: have got the job. Now, new joiners have to face a dramatically different world: new colleagues, new tasks and challenges, longer working days and less vacation, more work and most importantly, more responsibility.
Posted on 29th July 2015 in Recruitment.
Businesses are worrying about recruitment. Not all businesses but certainly a fair proportion. NatWest Mentor recently surveyed more than 500 firms across the UK and among the findings was the fact that recruitment has been the biggest HR issue among those companies in the last year. And what was identified as being the most likely HR issue over the coming 12 months? That’s right – recruitment.
The way we search for jobs is constantly evolving and has historically been shaped by major technological developments. For example, in the nineteenth century the railways opened up new frontiers, driving candidates to out-of-town jobs. But recent history holds clues too; we don’t have to think back too far to a time when CVs were sent by post and we simply didn’t have the world of possibilities brought to us from the dot-com boom.
According to statistics published last summer, the average company boss is 54 years old, male and privately educated. With the rise of the millennial generation – otherwise known as Generation Y – shaking up the business world, I believe that businesses need to embrace diversity in both age and gender in order to survive in the 21st century. Here I will look at the important role that younger generations can play in today’s business world.
Posted on 15th July 2015 in Recruitment.
A key challenge for all small businesses with big ideas is how to match the scale of your ambition with the limited depth of your pockets – how can you make your resources and funds work harder?
Youth unemployment has been recognised as a major issue in recent years, but there’s also been real progress in how companies are approaching this key demographic. Today, three quarters of UK employers now offer various entry routes into work for young people and unemployment rates are steadily declining which is promising to see.
When it comes to attracting the best talent into your small business, there can sometimes be a David and Goliath dynamic. How do you compete with the salaries, glossy perks and benefits offered by blue-chip competitors?