52% of UK businesses struggle to find right talent

Some 77 per cent of line managers would like more control over searching for the right candidate, while 74 per cent think that the recruitment industry should make better use of technology to service recruitment needs. 

At present, inefficient recruitment processes are forcing businesses to compromise on the quality of candidates that they hire, with 46 per cent citing that the process simply takes too long. In almost half of cases, it takes more than two months to recruit someone.

The biggest stresses at work stem from recruitment inefficiencies, such as managing staff who are underperforming (56 per cent), finding staff with the relevant skills (41 per cent) and managing a team that is understaffed (40 per cent). 

Many respondents also reported that unfilled vacancies are resulting in employees feeling overworked (66 per cent), more stressed (54 per cent) and having low morale (42 per cent).

Jamie Carlisle, founder and CEO of Talent Party, the world?s first recruitment marketplace for talent, adds: ?Although employers recognise that recruitment will never be foolproof, they often feel they don?t have enough control over the process and end up placing inadequate candidates. We?re turning the traditional recruitment model on its head by putting employers in the driving seat and letting them choose who makes the shortlist.

?This isn?t about cutting out the middleman though. Recruiters play a crucial role in providing trusted consultancy to employers and by letting employers ?self-serve?, recruiters can focus their time on live opportunities rather than on cold calls. Better use of technology and giving employers more control will help revamp an industry that has been weathered by the jobs crisis.?

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