A localised view of the current jobs market

Posted on 12 Apr 2021
A localised view of the current jobs market

Reality Check

In this month’s newsletter, I’m eager to provide my clients with an overview of what’s happening right here and now in Dorset and Hampshire in the employment market.
 

National recruitment and employment trend information isn’t available for the last few weeks yet, the only survey information available is recorded prior to the UK Roadmap progress and so is less meaningful than in more usual times. It’s my aim through this newsletter to give my clients a localised and up to the minute view of the job market and how I and my fellow recruitment colleagues read it. 
 
If you’re in the position of hiring or about to hire, read on, there’s information in here you need to understand and act upon.
 
New job roles are available and actually quite plentiful (all recruiters locally are saying the same).  As an example, I picked up 9 new jobs in 3 days last week which is great positive news, however, requirements for a lot of the roles are very specific, making them more difficult to fill.  That doesn’t mean to say that we can’t fill them but what it does mean is that the time to hire is taking much longer.  The search process we undertake is more extensive and we are really having to hunt out and persevere in chasing good candidates.  We are having to work ultra-hard on each vacancy.

Candidates are changing their minds.  They are also getting counter offers once they go to give in their notice and whilst money isn’t always the biggest motivator we all know it talks!
 
Employers could you:
  • Consider, and detail, the acceptable transferable skills?
  • Broaden the skill set required?
  • Offer higher-level training and development as part of the package?


Candidates are understandably nervous. Nervous of jumping ship whilst the roadmap is ongoing and delicate in nature. Nervous of losing entitlement to Furlough should that become necessary again.
 
Once again, we’re in a candidate-driven market. So, what does that mean to you as the employer?
 
  • You need to have a strong employer brand. This article ‘Use These Six Values to Build an Effective Employer Brand’ from Monster explains all.
  • Slick recruitment processes including speedy responses and interviews will help employers gain advantage over their competition. My free Recruitment Health Check offer will help review your processes and put you on the road to success.
  • Offer, where possible, a hybrid of working from home and working on-premises. Check out links to recommended local HR consultants below who can help you with the contractual elements of this. 
  • Be realistic with salaries – if it’s a hard to fill role then salaries will be higher – it's all about supply and demand
As always, I am here to help, please do get in touch with me to discuss your current requiements.


Wishing you all the best,

Helen.