Another month, another new record for the UK’s jobs market. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that employment now stands at 75.3%, the highest since records began in 1971.
With just 1.9 unemployed candidates available for each vacancy, and the availability of permanent and temporary candidates in freefall, HR must act fast to attract the attention of talent.
Recruitment software can give you the advantage in achieving that aim. Here’s how:-
Instant mobile functionality : Mobile job search is ‘unstoppable’ yet some hiring teams are still unprepared for its impact on their talent acquisition strategy. Supporting your recruitment process with HR software instantly offers full functionality for both candidates and HR on all mobile and tablet devices. Combine this with a registration of interest which allows passing talent to submit their vital contact information and discover more about working for your business without the need for them to complete protracted application forms.
Effective agency management : Tracking your candidate sources manually is time consuming and complicated. As HR increasingly relies on recruitment agencies to fill skills gaps, effective recruitment software enables you to manage your Preferred Supplier List (PSL) in one central place through a dedicated Recruitment Agency Portal. Nearly a quarter of employers believe they will appoint at least half of their temporary workers to a permanent role within the next year. HR analytics enables you to quickly track the source of your temps and also tell you at a glance which agencies are the most effective in supplying qualified candidates.
Focus on soft skills : PwC’s 20th Global CEO Survey noted the importance of sourcing candidates with both digital and ‘softer’ skills for UK CEOs. Adaptability and problem solving topped the list of those soft skills for 98% of business leaders. Leadership, collaboration, creativity and innovation were also highly sought after. Advorto’s Marketplace offers a range of screening options to rapidly identify candidates with those traits. These include video interviews, situational judgement tests and a range of psychometric assessments and skills testing integrated through your recruitment software. 'Best in class’ organisations make ‘extensive use of pre-hire assessments’ to improve their candidate selection and hiring success. Make your business one of them.
Ensure an inclusive recruitment strategy : Concern over recruitment and workplace bias affects all industry sectors, particularly healthcare, the public sector, tech and across the board in graduate recruitment. Reducing unconscious bias in hiring expands your candidate reach beyond the ‘same old’ talent pools that fail to alleviate the retention problems in your business. Removing the screening filters related to age, education, gender and social background in your applicant tracking software ensures the candidates you see are the most qualified for your vacancies and cultural fit.
Fast track employee referrals : Employee referrals should be the primary source of your quality hires. A mature hiring function is nearly a third more likely to recruit candidates through employee referrals. New hires sourced through a referral programme show a 42% retention rate after three years, compared to 32% for employees recruited through job boards. Recruitment software ensures you don’t lose track of your referred hires again by tagging them through your applicant tracking software and prioritising them throughout the hiring process.
Invest in recruitment software that gives your business the advantage. Start your 30 day free trial with Advorto today.
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 Source : https://www.rec.uk.com/news-and-policy/press-releases/full-employment-intensifies-skills-challenge-for-employers-rec
 Source : http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/ceo-agenda/ceosurvey/2017/uk/key-findings/people.html