Recruitment Outlook is Positive

2 August 2021

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has recently published the findings of their latest JobsOutlook survey and there are many positives to be found. Despite the uncertainty caused by the Coronvavirus pandemic, employers’ confidence in their ability to expand their workforce and make investments is improving.

Kate Shoesmith, Deputy CEO of the REC, has said:

“As restrictions have lifted over the past few months, we have seen employer confidence shoot upwards, and the confidence in hiring has reached a new record high. More importantly, this has translated into real-world recruitment activity, with more job adverts being posted and recruiters are working harder than ever to hire the right people for the right roles.

“But a number of factors including the ‘pandemic’ are causing serious staff shortages now. Many hirers are seeing workers feel understandably more cautious about changing jobs after such an unpredictable 18 months. Businesses will have to think hard about their offer if they want to attract staff, not just in terms of pay but also benefits, working conditions, and work-life balance. We have the opportunity to shift perceptions around flexible working once and for all and make it a positive option. Government and employers urgently need to join forces to create a skills system that delivers the staff the country needs. And while the uncertainty continues, we need to maintain digital Right to Work checks for UK nationals from 1 September so employers can get people into work quickly and safely.”

This is great news for candidates, with more open vacancies and less competition. With so many people unsure about leaving their current employer currently, recruiters are struggling to fill their vacancies. Therefore, if you’re a candidate on the market looking for your next role to further your career, there couldn’t be a better time to apply.

At Swindale Parks, we have a vast number of vacancies covering sectors from sales, marketing, IT and more, so please get in touch if you’re looking to take advantage of this great opportunity. Our office is based in Bromsgrove but we cover the whole of the West Midlands and further afield across the UK. We’re here to help you with every step of the recruitment process, from your initial application to handling a job offer and resigning from your current role.