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Why are UK businesses struggling to recruit now?

Despite the UK being in a recession, vacancies can be the result of many economy-wide and sector-specific influences. And in the wake of the pandemic, attracting and keeping the right talent has become more challenging than ever.

Contributor: Nick Gold, MD - Speakers Corner | Published: 31 July 2023

‘Quiet Office Quitters’ are leaving over low pay

UK office workers are making the leap, handing their notices in, swapping jobs, and ditching the 9 to 5 altogether, according to new research. They’re also, most importantly, quiet quitters.

Contributor: Laura Mucklow, Head - instantprint | Published: 8 June 2023

Remote work is fuelling retention crisis

Hive's research highlights a drop in year-on-year employee retention rates for remote-based businesses due to challenges like isolation and work-life balance. Prioritising talent attraction, addressing retention challenges in the professional service sector, and providing career progression opportunities are crucial. Organisations must seek employee feedback and create a positive employee experience to improve retention rates.

Contributor: Beth Halliday, Content Marketing Manager - Hive HR | Published: 1 June 2023

Older employees find work too woke

“There are 1.2 million economically inactive people aged 50-64 who have retired early.  Tweaking the pension system may encourage some of them back into work —but these policies will achieve little if one of the main reasons why people are giving up work in the first place is woke culture

Contributor: Victoria Short, Chief Executive - Randstad UK, | Published: 30 March 2023

Cost of living now HR’s biggest concern

Latest research by WorkNest found that 70% of HR professionals highlighted the cost of living as their most significant challenge for 2023. This was closely followed by retention (69%) and recruitment (55%). A third of those questioned also see skills shortages (34%) as a significant HR challenge next year, and employee engagement (24%).

Contributor: Hannah Copeland, HR Business Partner at WorkNest | Published: 14 December 2022

Poor retention is causing tech’s diversity problem

Businesses’ failure to create inclusive work environments is contributing to poor employee retention rates amongst young tech workers and hindering efforts to address the lack of diversity in tech, new research suggests.

Contributor: Wiley Edge | Published: 12 December 2022

Rising employee turnover is so damaging to company culture

New research into the hidden costs of onboarding talent has revealed that company culture has suffered in 63% of UK businesses as a result of high employee turnover.

Contributor: Tom Seymour, Senior Director HR - Wiley Edge, | Published: 22 August 2022

Talent shortages a worry right across retail

The news comes as the UK faces fresh pandemic-related challenges as Covid infection rates increase across the country and more employees require sick leave. However, when asked for the top factors creating talent shortages in their business overall, 39% of retail leaders cited a lack of available people in the sector as the primary reason, compared to only 24% in 2021. 

Contributor: Sebastien Sepierre, MD EMEA - Fourth | Published: 9 August 2022

Pressure is on employers to adopt blended travel

As part of the hospitality industry’s first-ever ‘Blended Travel’ whitepaper from Crowne Plaza, new research reveals Millennials (51%) and Gen Z (66%) consumers are more inclined to work for a company that offers frequent travel or flexible (work + leisure) travel possibilities as a perk.

Contributor: Ginger Taggart - Global Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts | Published: 28 July 2022