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The UK is currently seeing a surge in vacant positions and here at TPP we are continuing to see demand increase, with job vacancies back to pre-pandemic levels. This means we find ourselves in one of the most candidate short markets we have experienced. Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), said: “Demand for staff is incredibly high right now, and recruiters are working flat out to fill roles – but serious worker shortages across the economy threaten to slow the recovery. Firms need to be thinking hard about their offer to potential employees at a time like this.”
With application levels being so low, it is vital that you attract the best and most diverse talent by ensuring the candidate experience is as inclusive, enjoyable, and as appealing as possible.
It is often the case, when a vacancy arises, there is a short period in which to replace the current postholder. When time is short, organisations often use the same job description coupled with the same recruitment methods hoping to find the “perfect” candidate. Often, this results in a long, drawn-out process, advertising the vacancy numerous times, other members of the team having to pick up the additional work in the interim and hiring managers losing motivation to recruit to the vacant post after candidates reject offers or simply do not turn up for interview (ghosting being the new norm!)
Unless you have specific growth arising, it is hard to know exactly when you will next need to recruit, but by being proactive and preparing for a vacancy arising, the process and candidate experience will be quicker and more appealing for all.
So as UK vacancies soar and the talent pool gets smaller, are you truly providing the best candidate experience or are you relying on out-of-date job descriptions and a little luck?
You will find further recruitment tips and advice on TPP’s resource and support hub.
If you would like to discuss how TPP can assist you with providing the best candidate experience, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on 020 7198 6112.