The Cost of a Bad Hire

25 October 2021

UK businesses are failing to hire the right candidate for two out of five roles, despite the financial costs of getting it wrong, a new report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has found.

The report found that over eight in 10 (85%) of HR decision-makers admit their organisation has made a bad hire, and four in ten (39%) employers admit that their interviewing and assessment skills for candidates need improving.

One-third (33%) believe that hiring mistakes cost their business nothing, when in fact, a poor hire at mid-manager level with a salary of £42,000 can cost a business more than £132,000.

The accumulative costs involved in bad recruitment include money wasted on training, lost productivity, and increased staff turnover.

REC Chief Executive, and Member of Recruitment Grapevine’s Advisory Board, Kevin Green, comments: “Getting recruitment right is even more important during a time of economic uncertainty because businesses need to ensure they’re not wasting money. Our calculations show that UK businesses are wasting billions every year because of the volume of hiring mistakes being made.

“Shockingly, we discovered that employers are completely underestimating the financial impact of getting recruitment wrong, and not learning how to improve. 

“This report outlines the hidden costs of making hiring mistakes, and outlines how employers can implement a robust selection process to minimise this risk and improve performance.”

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So, if you need assistance with filling your next vacancy in the Sales, Marketing or Creative field, then give us a call on 0121 585 6079 or email to find out how we can help.