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LaunchPad 361º: Keeping Up With The Jobseekers

Natasha Bernal

g_betterhiringImagine this recruitment demand: “So…you want me to be fluent in three languages, multitask and do overtime? OK, now look at my list of requests.”

All right, so the hiring process hasn’t hopefully ever been so dramatic between recruiters and candidates; but recruitment has definitely become a two-way street, where demands and requirements are brokered at the interview table.

In return for the skills required in companies’ job descriptions, candidates are asking for more flexibility. As talent becomes more technologically savvy and hard to find, are recruiters finding themselves between a rock and a hard place when trying to negotiate a new hire?

This week, news about talent shortage, candidates being too tech savvy and the demand for flexible hours was everywhere. Take a look here to find out why!

Is HR Ready for Flexible Working? – More employees are trying to wave goodbye to long hours at the office by asking for flexible work schedules. It’s a boost with young parents and those who want to work to live, rather than live to work – but does that work out well for businesses too?

Predictions for the Future of Talent Acquisition -- Recruiters may find it hard to appeal to candidates navigating the waters of technology whilst they feel like the water is closing above their heads – struggling to keep up with the next generation of jobseekers is only going to get harder.

Salaries Hike as Skills Gap Widens – A new study on salaries in the South West (but not including London) has shown that the lack of skilled workers has meant that successful candidates have had a high starting salary. Recruiters must be asking – where have all the good candidates gone?

Public Sector Employers Struggling to Hold on to Talent – The CIPD said it, and now councils have confirmed the struggle – it’s hard to make people interested in working in the public sector. Stagnating salaries and skills shortage are making the public sector too unappealing to apply for.

BBC Staff Take Course to Avoid Unconscious Bias – I love to end with some good news! The BBC is determined to increase its’ diversity hiring, so staff participated in a course to ensure that they didn’t hire someone that reminded them of themselves.

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Natasha Bernal

Natasha is a journalist with an extensive technology and startup news background. She brings LaunchPad to life through words in our blog, press releases and updates. As the person that shapes our brand personality, she makes our goals and ideas reality in the online world.