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Organisations face difficulties attracting professionals

Written by Kimberley Startup | August 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Many UK organisations continue to face difficulties in attracting professionals with the right skills despite high unemployment – according to a recent report*.

Resourcing and Talent Planning 2011, published by CIPD and Hays, focused on the current recruitment market and highlighted issues facing employers.

The main findings highlighted some of the challenges faced by hiring managers. These included:

– the length of the hiring process;
– more consideration for the employer brand; and
– difficulties faced when looking to fill managers, professionals and technical positions.

Interestingly, the cost of filling a vacancy was still significantly higher when compared to online recruitment methods. The report stated the median recruitment cost of filling a vacancy is £7,500 for senior managers/directors and £2,500 for other employees.

Despite unemployment figures, it was also reported that employers are becoming increasing rigid in their requirements and job roles are becoming more niche.

Commenting on the findings, Phil Roebuck, CEO of webrecruit, said: ‘There’s a preconception that hiring managers are spoilt for choice when it comes to recruitment.

‘This isn’t the case. Yes, there are more job seekers than ever searching for a role, but in light of statistics released by the Office for National Statistics, only one in ten candidates that are actively searching are experienced and relevant for a particular vacancy.

‘Going through these applications can prove a burden on internal resources and if dealt with ineffectively, could potentially harm an employer’s brand. Putting your recruitment in the hands of an expert – such as webrecruit – can enhance the candidate experience whilst effectively targeting the right candidates’.

Dan Kilshaw, Candidate Services Co-ordinator for webrecruit, advised that hiring managers could deal with these applications using an effective applicant tracking system and introducing processes that engaged with candidates during the recruitment process.

 

*This article features some of the main findings from Resourcing and Talent Planning 2011, published by CIPD and Hays.

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