Employers will be all too aware that the unemployment rate is low, but the actual figures really spell out the reality of this.
In the three months to October 2019, the UK unemployment rate held steady at 3.8 per cent, its lowest level in nearly 45 years. A year earlier, the jobless rate was higher at 4.1 per cent. There is clearly a downward trend.
Add to this mix our increasingly tech-driven world (which affects recruitment) and the implications for the job market of Brexit. A recent Future Jobs Summit 2019 reveals the three biggest external factors shaping the future of work are:
- Brexit/political stability 79%
- Artificial Intelligence and automation 60%
- New regulations 56%
All of this means that, if you are an employer in Wiltshire or Bristol, seeking to attract new talent to fill your vacancies is a challenge – and it could get harder.
How to successfully recruit staff in 2020
Of course, as an independent recruiter, we would advise that to be successful at recruitment, employers should team with a reputable recruitment partner. At 24-7 Staffing, we keep up to date with all the latest employment trends, which enables us to provide an agile and bespoke service to our clients, based across Wiltshire, Bristol and the South West.
However, if you prefer to handle your own recruitment, here are some ways to help you succeed in filling your vacancies in 2020:
1. Keep on top of compliance. You might need to keep a close eye on costs and efficiencies but remaining compliant and maintaining professional standards should be a top priority. This enables you to look after your existing workforce and enhances your reputation as an employer who people want to work for. Disgruntled employees who leave or, perhaps worse, remain at your organisation can do harm by adversely commenting on a poor attitude to compliance and lack of professionalism. Remember, with social media it is all too easy for bad news to spread.
2. If you are in a business with quickly changing supply and demand, where your services need to be scaled up and down to meet demand and resources, bear in mind the implications this has on your workforce. Ensure your employment contracts reflect this, so in times when you scale down you can do so with ease and, when you scale back up, you have a talented pool to call upon.
3. Make diversity and inclusivity a priority in your workplace. Just this month, the issue of employment for those with neurodivergence hit the headlines; record label, Universal Music UK, produced a guidebook to help employers make simple changes to their workplace to support employees with neurodivergence. Neurodivergence - also known as neurodiversity - refers to the community of people who have dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, are on the autism spectrum or have other neurological functions. An estimated one in seven people are neurodivergent in the UK but this isn't something that is routinely acknowledged in the workplace.
4. Reach out to the local community – many of them could be future employees. For example, form partnerships with schools and colleges, support work experience schemes or run your own, be represented at careers and jobs fairs.
5. Get to grips with tech. If you are hoping to attract millennials or Gen Z they have high expectations of technology and your company needs to reflect this. That said, always remember that tech is there to serve you and not the other way around. At last year’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence (APPG), the core message from MPs and AI experts was “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”.
We hope this advice will go some way to helping you fulfil your recruitment needs, as we head into a new decade.
If you are currently looking for new talent to fill your vacancies in the Wiltshire, Bristol and South West region, and would like to talk to an award-winning recruitment company, please contact the team here at 24-7 Staffing. We specialise in providing temporary and permanent workers in the driving, commercial, healthcare and industrial sectors and have a vast database of talented candidates available for you. Give a member of our team a call on 0800 7830247 today.