Should I be hiring or holding ground?


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Should I be hiring or holding ground?

  1. 1. Should I be hiring or holding ground? Ranstad's latest world of work report offers a detailed insight into the current jobs market across the vast number of sectors Randstad specialises in. Joel Natfal, Major Players Head of Recruitment for Research Insight & Analysis jobs gives a brief overview of whether or not to hire during the current climate. Alternatively, if you want to read the full report you can get your hands on it by requesting a copy here. Or if you're looking to find your next star employee then get in touch with one of our many specialist consultants or submit a brief. Hiring intentions There are many areas of this report which mesh together, and the question of whether to hold off or to hire links with a lot of these. As discussed elsewhere, managing internal change, people, and productivity are the issues which organisations report as their major current concerns. This is a shift from
  2. 2. previous years when the big challenge was attracting and retaining talent. But it’s worth noting that around a quarter of organisations say they intend to make some small increases in full-time staff. As the upturn comes, more companies will need to hire. The picture seems to be hold now, but get a strategy in place to hire. So how do you hold, and how do you make plans to hire? Finding flexible solutions Around 40% of organisations identify a skills shortage in their industry. Similar numbers say that these shortages are
  3. 3. increasing stress and workload amongst staff. But less than a tenth believe that this under-supply of skills is increasing staff turnover and a small but not insignificant group say it’s a problem which is having a negative effect on productivity. Graduate recruitment On the graduate recruitment front, vacancies have dropped whilst numbers of graduates have risen. As a result, most organisations (according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters) now insist on a 2:1 degree as a minimum, and the average salary has been frozen at around £25,000 since 2008. The hope is that with the need for STEM graduates rising quickly up the UK Skills Councils’ agendas, and with the government promising investment in apprenticeships, organisations will begin to focus on developing skills and potential amongst those about to join the jobs market. About Major Players Headquartered in Covent Garden, London, Major Players’ team of more than 80 consultants provides freelance and permanent personnel. The firm recruits for various advertising jobs, marketing, design, digital media, events, interactive media,
  4. 4. creative, design, PR jobs in UK.for more information visit Contact MajorPlayers: +44(0)207 836 4041 Mike Iannella: Charley Caines: