Here at Michael Finchley we have filled in vacancy gaps created by permanent, temporary and contract staffs for businesses in different industry sectors.
Most employers still plan to hire not fireThe latest results from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) monthly JobsOutlook survey of 600 employers show most businesses plan to build their workforces in both the short and medium terms. According to the survey, nearly two thirds (60 per cent) of employers plan to increase their permanent workforce over the next three months and over a third (36 per cent) said that they will maintain current levels of staffing.
Only 4 per cent of employers plan to reduce their number of employees.
REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “Speculation about a possible triple dip recession has not dissuaded employers from their plans to hire. Our latest data shows that most businesses intend to take on more permanent staff and continue to use temporary workers. Only a very small number said that they expect to reduce headcounts over the next few months.”
April’s JobsOutlook survey of employers reports that:
• 60 per cent plan to increase their permanent workforce over the next three months, 36 per cent will maintain current levels of staffing and only 4 per cent plan a reduction.
• 54 per cent plan to increase their permanent headcount over the next 4-12 months, 44 per cent will keep numbers the same and only 2 per cent plan a reduction.
• 39 per cent plan to increase the use of agency workers in the next three months, a further 50 per cent intend to maintain current temp numbers and only 11 per cent plan a reduction.
• 36 per cent plan to increase the use of agency workers in the next 4-12 months, an additional 55 per cent will maintain current levels and just 9 per cent plan a reduction.
JobsOutlook reports the responses of 600 employers questioned about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. Respondents are drawn from across the public, private and non-profit sector, and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisation.
|What Job Seekers Dislike About Employer|
|Looking for a new job can be extremely challenging in this economic climate. Now we are hearing from a steady stream of job seekers who are being irritated by the application and interviewing process. Many job seekers are actually quite upset with what they perceive as “shabby” overall treatment. This is damaging the employer brand of many organisations and damaging the recruitment teams’ reputation. |
Below are some of the most common complaints from job seekers:
Not letting an applicant know they’ve been unsuccessfulIt may not be easy to get in touch with every single person who applied for the job and didn’t get through to the interview, but it’s really disappointing for job seekers when they never hear back from employers, particularly when they have been asked to spend up to 90 minutes applying.
Not letting an interviewee know they’ve been unsuccessfulNot contacting unsuccessful interviewees is much worse than not contacting unsuccessful applicants. It takes a lot of work and time to get ready for an interview therefore, an email with a brief feedback will be very much appreciated.
Posting job specifications that are unclearTry to be very specific because, if job seekers don’t understand exactly what you’re looking for, they won’t be able to give you what you need.
Having to submit a lot of documentsMany applications require a resume, a cover letter, response to selection criteria, signed declaration of some sort, academic qualifications and many others. It’s better to require only what’s really necessary before the interview as the rest can be garnered after this stage.
Weird and Whacky questionsMost employers like to put candidates on the spot and figure out how they thing and handle pressure. However, a common complaint from jobseekers is that questions are deliberately designed to be vague or just simply to catch them out but without an obvious end game.
Not including salary detailsIt’s frustrating for applicants when they apply for a job that turns out to be offering less money than they were hoping for especially after taking a lot of time writing the perfect CV and cover letter. Therefore, it’s better to be upfront when it comes to the salary.
Very specific job requirementsThe job market has grown so competitive that job seekers seem to have to be a perfect match for a job. Being smart, flexible and resourceful seems to be no longer enough to get a job…you must possess the exact experience the company seeks.
Vacancy oversellingSomething else that job seekers complain about is overselling. Trying to make a job sound as exciting as possible just to get great applicants, can make you end up with a disillusioned employee when it turns out that it’s a bog standard run of the mill job!
Unexpected interview challengesIt’s ok for employers to set candidates challenges or tasks for their interview. But, when they do that, they should always give the right notice period and what’s expected of them. That ensures that the interview is neither a waste of time for the employer or the employee.
Not reading the candidate applicationApplicants expect to be quizzed about their work history in interviews, and to be asked for more information about what they wrote in their application. It can be especially annoying therefore when a candidate is being asked basic questions that should have already been explained during the initial evaluation process.
Not researching the candidate properlyApplicants are expected to research the company they are applying to and often to demonstrate their knowledge before they get the job. Doing the same for them could well give you an idea of what they’re able to do and it could also help you to formulate better questions for the interview.
While the employer has a vacancy to fill, the jobseeker is asked to put their career and potential happiness into the employer’s hands. Therefore, it’s very important to make the whole hiring process as smooth and pleasant as possible. It will be a win – win situation!