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Expert advice from the people in the know as Rubicon's Elena Raita answers your questions

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: August 2, 2019 | Updated: 1st October 2021

Elena Raita, Recruitment Manager, Industrial Divison, Rubicon People Partnership, answers your employment questions.

Now we’re over half way through 2021, how is the employment market looking?

Unemployment is expected to reach 6.5% once the furlough scheme ends which is an improvement on the previous predictions of 15%.  Some may think this is good news for businesses, jobseekers and the recruitment sector as a whole, but it’s not as it appears.

There’s plenty of work on the market but not the people to do the work. This is affecting most sectors and skill levels but predominately within driving, with a shortage of 30,000 LGV drivers nationwide.

Many EU nationals left the UK when the pandemic hit with other workers finding alternate jobs with more sociable hours. Candidates already in jobs are continuing to remain securely where they are rather than considering moving during unsettled times.

What advice would you give to businesses thinking about recruiting at the moment?

Consider this, if a role can be done from anywhere, you now have to compete with employers across the UK. Extra thought needs to be given to the vision, values, culture and benefits you offer to tempt the right person into a role.

Getting hiring correct relies on a number of factors:

  • Get your recruitment specification drawn up properly and this needs to include the Person Spec as well as the Job Spec.
  • Ensure the remuneration package you’re offering is at least above average.
  • Work to a very clear recruiting process.
  • Choose your recruiting partner carefully and work with just one Recruiter/Agency per vacancy.
  • Ensure that you move very quickly once you know exactly the type of person you’re recruiting.
  • Spend time “selling” your business, the role and the opportunity – the best candidates have plenty of choice post-lockdowns and they will probably be counter-offered by their current employers, who are as likely to be hiring themselves if they’re growing.

Rubicon continue to support a wide range of businesses with their immediate recruitment needs as well as providing contractors and Temps to many business in and around Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

If you need support, as an employer or as a prospective Job Seeker, please contact us on 01202 680311 or email [email protected]

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