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How agencies can help with candidate shortages…

Posted: 28th May 2021

It’s a candidates market, so why are they in such a shortage? Head of Permanent Recruitment, Gillian Graham, explains how it’s affecting the market right now and gives some insight into what candidates are looking for to make a move.

Candidate Shortages

Research undertaken by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG of 400 recruitment firms found “despite the increase in jobs on offer, the availability of candidates fell in April amid ongoing pandemic-related uncertainty [this] is holding people back from seeking new roles” It seems odd that we are experiencing a candidate shortage, however, the reality is, we are. It’s a market where candidates have choices and many are choosing to stay with who and what they know.

Claire Warnes, of KPMG, said: “There’s a lot to feel positive about this month, with the easing of lockdown improving business confidence in the economy and in turn driving a sharp rise in recruitment.

“However, it’s concerning that we’re seeing a drop in candidate supply due in part to applicants needing support to adapt their skills to move from displaced sectors to those where there is more demand, such as health and care, and because the furlough scheme has reduced the pool of workers.” (KPMG Report on Jobs)

With so much choice, what are candidates looking for?

For candidates, it is not only about the salary and location of the role but the package as a whole. If they are going to make a move they will also be looking at cultural fit and company values. Savvy candidates will be checking your social media channels, website and employees all of which speak volumes about your brand.

What can employers do? How are you making your brand more attractive?

Over the last fortnight, I have been speaking with many businesses who appreciate that good candidates are hard to come by right now. It has been great to partner with them and offer market advice. By understanding their organisations and their requirements I can help them find candidates looking for the same cultural fit and whose values align. I can also promote the benefits they offer. Last year has increased the number of candidates looking to continue remote or blended working or seeking flexible hours to help with the life-work balance.

In conclusion

Now more than ever, it’s vital you partner with an agency that not only understands market conditions but fully understands your brand and can guide, support and transform your campaigns.

Allstaff can provide temporary, contract & permanent recruitment solutions across multiple sectors covering Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire and Inverclyde. Our foundations are firmly built around adding value & building relationships. We work hard, and we deliver. Feel free to get in touch today!