It’s been well-publicised that the UK is in the midst of an ongoing digital skills shortage. And with more and more organisations looking to take on technically gifted talent, it appears unlikely that this will halt any time soon. In fact, as the growth of digital technology continues to have an impact on almost every area of business, increasing numbers of these professionals will be required. But how can companies secure this technical talent at a time of a skills shortage?
Posted on 7th August 2014 in Recruitment.
When we talk about the “traditional” job role in today’s workforce, what does that make you think of? It’s a tough question to answer, and with the continual culture of innovation and development in and beyond the manufacturing industry, traditional job roles are evolving. More and more, we see strategic roles in fields such as research and development (R&D) becoming more important than ever to drive innovation and business growth.
Posted on 7th August 2014 in Recruitment.
Maintaining a clear and consistent approach to recruiting employees helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) flourish and succeed. In the early stages of growth, when you may be struggling to keep up with customer demand, it can be tempting to hire people quickly without considering if they’re truly right for your business. However, the impact of making a pressured choice can be huge — putting the long-term success of your business at risk.
Posted on 1st August 2014 in Recruitment.
In the last week, the UK economy has returned to pre-recession levels, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which revealed that the economy has expanded 0.8% between April and June. However, as organisations look to take on more staff to sustain growth in their sector, attention must turn to the pool of resources on offer
Posted on 31st July 2014 in Recruitment.
Across Europe millions of new graduates will be starting their first full time office jobs in the coming weeks and months. However, the junior roles they fill usually consist of manual, repetitive tasks such as data capture and administration.
Posted on 30th July 2014 in Recruitment.
Smaller businesses can struggle when it comes to sourcing key talent. Often, they rely on a combination of personal networks and recruiters to fill vacancies and even then, they’re only dealing with the candidates that are handed to them. This begs the question, when it comes to quality candidates, are SMEs getting the full picture?
Posted on 29th July 2014 in Recruitment.
‘Bring Your Own Device’, or BYOD, has been a buzzword amongst recruiters for a while now, with many hailing the approach as the next step towards harmony in the workforce when it comes to digital and mobile. It is surprising, then, that the same recruiters are not putting more emphasis on mobile when it comes to their recruitment efforts. The step into mobile can seem daunting and costly, but the benefits speak for themselves and the time is ripe for recruiters to lead by example and put mobile first, if they want their business to follow.
Posted on 28th July 2014 in Recruitment.
After what feels like an endless recession, with the summer months ahead of us it finally feels as though market conditions are improving and the economy is looking up. With that, many businesses’ thoughts may be turning to recruitment, perhaps after a period of low to no growth. If you are hesitant to put large amounts of up-front investment into new staff, looking to take on more junior staff who you can train on the job, creating the specific skill set you need as well as inspiring loyalty in your workers, could be a good option. Luckily the newest cohort of university graduates are just finishing their degrees now and ready for their first steps in the world of work.
Posted on 22nd July 2014 in Recruitment.
Technology is becoming more ingrained in our working lives and as a part of this businesses should adapt to keep up with new flexible working trends. Location is no longer a limitation as there is now the possibility to keep communication open with colleagues, suppliers and customers all around the world.
Xactly recently undertook a survey with YouGov to identify what motivates UK salespeople. One of the key findings of the research showed that 68% of respondents prefer to be rewarded based on individual and personal needs. This figure is a little daunting for managers who want to support their team, but who just don’t have the time to sit down and pinpoint the motivators for each individual employee.
On 30 June, flexible working law was extended to enable all qualifying workers in England, Scotland and Wales to make a flexible working request.
Research by YouGov for Croner in March this year found that despite making it easier for people to work flexibly, the majority of employees (3/4) won’t be taking advantage of this opportunity, which will come as a welcome relief to small business owners worried about the impact this will have on their business.