Even as the recruitment industry enjoys a benchmark year, many of the sector’s top clients are struggling to fill vacancies. While disparities in performance and outcomes need answers, they may lie beyond traditional recruiting strategies.
NHS England faces a nursing crisis
An independent study by the BBC has identified the extent of the recruiting crisis for nurses entering the NHS.
According to the corporation’s own figures, the NHS in England has been losing 10 per cent of its nursing staff every year, for the last three years.
In 2017, that figure totaled 33,000 nurses: 3,000 more than joined the service. It represents the first time within the five year study that the number of nurses in England declined.
More than 50 per cent of those choosing to walk away from the profession were below 40 years of age. Representatives for nurses in England cited the loss of the bursary for student nurses as a factor in the falling in-take. They warned of the potential for a crisis to develop, as existing staff approach retirement age.
Can Brexit explain the cut in graduate recruitment schemes?
A successful graduate recruitment strategy is one of the most reliable means of sourcing vital skills. Many employers also consider them among the best indicators of health for any recruitment process.
So new data which reveals a post-Brexit slowdown in graduate hires among top businesses may trouble recruiters.
A survey of businesses, by High Fliers Research, discovered that many of Britain’s top employers had downgraded their recruitment objectives in the months after the EU referendum. The poll of the UK’s top 100 graduate recruiters found that, on average, businesses were hiring 10 per cent fewer graduates at the end of 2017, compared to hires made before June 2016.
Prior to the referendum, top firms were looking to attract 22,000 candidates to their graduate programmes. Within 18 months, the same employers had reduced targets to 19,000 university leavers.
Carillion recruitment firm seeks new buyer
Recruiter UK reports that recruitment agency Skyblue is seeking a buyer.
The Wolverhampton-based recruiting firm entered receivership this week as part of the Carillion liquidation. Skyblue is a wholly-owned subsiduary of the services management group.
Carillion suffered compulsory liquidation on Monday (15h January); leaving £1.6 billion of outstanding debts, as well as an undisclosed number of unfulfilled contracts.
Recruiter.com partners with hirematch ICO
Earlier this week, we published our feature article of the hottest tech trends in recruitment for 2018. For regular readers, the inclusion of on-chain recruitment software will have come as no surprise. We have been covering this emergent tech in the recruitment sector for several months. Finding useful ways to implement the blockchain’s open ledger technology may be a top tech objective for firms in 2018.
Providing additional evidence of the growing adoption, this week Recruiter.com announced a partnership and initial coin offering (ICO) with HireMatch.io – a blockchain start-up from Sunnyvale, California.
HireMatch promises to remedy what it describes as a growing centralisation of the recruitment marketplace. By paying agents in its HIRE token, it aims to hand greater control back to independent recruiters and smaller, agile firms.
The HireMatch white paper and mission statement can be found here.