As we forge ahead with 2024, the recruitment landscape for SMEs presents both challenges and opportunities that are vital for businesses to understand and adapt to. Here’s a breakdown of the current trends and how director-led HR services from RfM Transform can address these issues for your business.
Tight UK Labour Market and High Demand for Talent
The UK labour market remains tight, with unfilled vacancies at historically high levels. This means that top talent is hard to come by across multiple sectors and businesses need to think of new ways to help them attract new and retain high-caliber staff.
Rising Wage Expectations:
With the cost-of-living crisis, there's been an adjustment in remuneration packages and salaries have increased at the fastest rate in over two decades, with average private sector regular pay growth at around 7 per cent.
Diverse Motivations for Job Change:
Approximately 47 per cent of people are expected to look for new jobs this year, with many motivated by incentives other than just money. Simply increasing their salaries isn’t enough, today's jobseekers want more. They want to know what their development opportunities are, what training opportunities are available to them (CPD), as well as the benefit packages and wellbeing strategies that companies are offering. Company Culture is enormously important and we're seeing more employees demanding to see a company's environmental credentials before making their decision. Having a good People Strategy in place to attract and retain key talent therefore is hugely important to businesses in 2024.
There's a slowdown in permanent hiring and a slight increase in temporary hiring, with regional and sectoral variations. London, for instance, has seen a significant reduction in permanent placements compared to areas like the Midlands and the North of England. This variability suggests that recruitment strategies need to be tailored to your specific regional and sectoral needs.
Increased Candidate Availability:
There's been an upturn in the availability of workers, with the supply of permanent staff exceeding that of temporary candidates. This increase in candidate numbers is the sharpest since December 2020.
The Role of Director-Led HR services in addressing these challenges:
Director-led HR services from RfM Transform can provide SMEs with the strategic guidance they need to navigate this complex recruitment landscape. We can offer:
- Customised Recruitment Strategies: A tailored approach that considers regional and sector-specific trends, focusing on not just attracting new talent to your business but also aligning with its long-term goals.
- Competitive Compensation Packages: Assistance in developing comprehensive compensation packages that go beyond salary, including benefits, work-life balance, and career development opportunities.
- Adaptation to Market Dynamics: Keeping pace with the rapidly changing job market, leveraging insights and data to inform recruitment and retention strategies.
- Legal and Compliance Expertise: Ensuring that recruitment practices are compliant with current employment laws, reducing the risk of legal complications.
Businesses need to have a dynamic and well-informed approach to their recruitment and HR management. Let us help your business understand and adapt ensuring you attract and retain the talent necessary for your growth and success.
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