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Recruitment discrimination has to be “consigned to the past”

The boss of a temporary recruitment company has welcomed the findings of a Government report into age discrimination in the workplace. The report said the talents of more than a million people aged over 50 who want to work were being wasted because of “discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices”.

Contributor: Lorna Davidson | Published: 27 July 2018

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Tick-box recruitment depriving businesses of talent

According to research by Robert Half, close to nine in ten business leaders (87 percent) made successful hires when evaluating cultural fit – congruent values, beliefs and outlook between the candidate and company – as well as their potential, while only 8 per cent of hires were deemed unsuccessful.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 16 July 2018

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Schools under pressure over recruitment

Ninety-eight per cent of recruitment businesses typically receive less than two hours’ notice from a school in need of a teacher that same day, according to a survey of specialist recruiters by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). Three-quarters (77 per cent) of agencies say finding teachers quickly is the main reason schools use them to fill temporary placements.

Contributor: Tom Hadley | Published: 5 July 2018

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Traditional recruitment model is “broken”

Traditionally in-house recruitment teams and/or RPO providers have delivered robust and tangible sourcing that has enabled organisations to have greater visibility of the hiring process while managing cost and process. “Increased pressure on cost, headcount and complexity in the hiring process has broken some of these models."

Contributor: Tom Mason | Published: 27 June 2018

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Long drawn-out hiring processes are damaging businesses

Long, complex recruitment processes are harming businesses’ chances of securing top talent. According to the survey of 9,000 jobseekers in 11 countries across four continents, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of candidates globally have taken a second-choice job offer because their preferred employer took too long to give them an answer.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 18 May 2018

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Brexit impact dominating recruitment strategies

Nearly all HR managers and recruiters say Brexit is impacting hiring strategies, as UK becomes less attractive to international talent. 44 percent of HR and recruitment professionals think the UK is less attractive to EU27 candidates. One third (35 percent) of recruiters have seen a decrease in hiring from France and Germany since the start of 2018.

Contributor: Jon Addison | Published: 1 May 2018

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What impact has the spring statement had on recruitment?

The spring statement, presented yesterday, did little more than announce the latest economic and public finance forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The Treasury did announce the smallest budget deficit of the last fifteen years and forecasted employment to grow over the next five years so that by 2022 there will be over 500,000 more people with jobs.

Contributor: Amy Speake | Published: 28 March 2018

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Recruiters admit ‘stalking’ potential employees online

With a third (30.8 percent) of recruiters admitting that they ‘stalk’ potential candidates on social media, professionals need to be savvy about what they post online. Despite this, over one in four (29.5 percent) confess that their social media profiles aren’t set to private. That’s according to the latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site. 

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 20 March 2018

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Half of recruiters are at risk of criminal charges

The survey – conducted in partnership with specialist back office and support recruitment consultancy, Camino Partners – found that 43% of recruitment agencies are unaware of the impact this legislation could have on their business. This statistic is particularly concerning considering that one third of the survey respondents are responsible for compliance in their firm.

Contributor: Michelle Reilly | Published: 28 February 2018

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Permanent placements up as contractor use declines

APSCo’s data, which focuses on professional recruitment, reveals that vacancies for permanent staff also increased by 1 percent over the same period. This growth is reflected in the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics which reported in January that UK employment levels have reached a record high level, driven by an increase in full-time work.

Contributor: Ann Swain | Published: 14 February 2018