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Recruitment in Numbers - September Edition



KEY POINTS FROM AUGUST SURVEY

  • More than a third of employers (36%) are concerned over the sufficient availability of temporary agency workers.
  • The smallest UK employers (0-49 employees) were the most pessimistic about the outlook for the UK economy being more likely to believe that conditions were worsening than improving.
  • 59% of employers highlighted the importance of agency workers in enabling them to respond to growth - up from 46% in the same period last year.

SKILLS SHORTAGES AND QUALITY OF HIRES


The top three areas where employers are expecting skills shortages this month are Health & Social Care, Construction and Engineering.

For temporary workers, employers anticipate a shortage of candidates within Construction, Hospitality, and Engineering.


IMPORTANCE OF AGENCY WORKERS TO EMPLOYERS


"Responding to Growth" and "Providing Short Term Access to Key Strategic Skills" have both risen this month by 3 and 4 percentage points respectively. More employers also cite the importance of agency workers in "Meeting Peaks in Demand", up 5 percentage points.


EMPLOYER SATISFACTION WITH AGENCIES USED IN THE LAST 2 YEARS


There has been a decline in satisfaction from last month, as 72% of employers said that they were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied. This is compared to 78% in the same month last year.


CRITERIA USED BY EMPLOYERS TO SELECT AGENCIES


Respondents stated that "Trade Association Membership" is growing as a key area of importance when selecting agencies. "Quality of Service" and "Agency Expertise" are also highly valued.


SATISFACTION WITH CANDIDATES


The percentage of employers expressing satisfaction with candidates dropped this month to 62%. Regionally, satisfaction levels in the Midlands were lowest (62%), and highest in London (81%). This is almost identical to the figures from last month.


AGENCY WORKER PAY RATES


Significantly more employers believed that agency worker pay rates were higher (22%) rather than lower (7%) than their permanent counterparts this month.


RECRUITMENT CHANNELS USED


Through "Former Employees and Asking Around " still remained the preferred method of recruitment for those recruiting permanent and temporary positions.


Source: REC.com



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