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Employers working to keep staff

Employers are having to move quickly to secure top talent and work hard to retain them.
Employers are having to move quickly to secure top talent and work hard to retain them. Chris Ison

HOW does the Hays Quarterly Report see the state of play for employers? In short, employers are having to move quickly to secure top talent and work hard to retain them.

The report said employers were valuing relevant experience and loyalty and weren't afraid to look overseas for their next hire.

"Given that employers need to justify headcount increases, they are increasingly seeking candidates with like-for-like experience and will rarely consider candidates without the necessary industry or systems experience," the report said.

"This more strategic approach has lengthened the recruitment process as employers take their time to ensure that each placement is the right person for the job.

"Of course this also increases the risk of missing out on high quality candidates to other organisations with swifter recruitment processes.

"Employers favour candidates who can display long-term loyalty in their CV's along with a genuine reason to move and who have worked in large, established organisations."

The report said that there is still a shortage of candidates with the correct skills required to drive major projects forward, most obviously in the construction sector, where employers are hiring specific skills and want candidates with relevant experience not only in their local area but also relevant to the project.

"Project Managers are available but employers want qualified candidates with like-for-like experience," the report said.

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