Whilst the coronavirus pandemic caused chaos and misery for many industries in 2021, the outlook for this year is far more positive.
James Reed, CEO of job board Reed, advises, ‘I think there will be more jobs, more opportunities for people and we will see a lot of people moving. A lot of people have stayed put or have been furloughed during the pandemic and I think they will be looking for new opportunities. With the research we did, what I felt came out really strongly was that people felt positive about looking for new opportunities, and didn’t feel unduly anxious about the year ahead.’
Reed’s recent research found that a third of respondents are already actively looking for new jobs this year. Over 60% of individuals would be willing to take a pay cut or transfer across industries in a new role, with 53% willing to relocate despite the upheaval caused by Covid-19.
With hiring predicted to grow in 2021, VHR’s experienced technical recruitment specialists provide our three best strategies to find the right job applicants in the year ahead.
Whilst the redundancies generated by the pandemic have led to a significant increase in job applications across industries – the average job advert is receiving 250 applications – the formerly candidate-led market will prove challenging as well as beneficial for recruiting. Rather than simply spending a lot of money on advertising, mass emailing or posting job adverts on social media, taking a more tailored approach to hiring will filter out unsuitable applicants and instead reach only those who will be both suitable for and interested in your offering.
Companies can generate job applicants of a higher quality through methods such as:
With the financial prospects of individuals and families across ages looking bleaker due to the pandemic, younger people are likely to reconsider University debt and enter the jobs market straight after school or college. Whilst in previous years, Engineering business leaders have struggled to fulfil open Apprentice positions, the ability to earn-as-you-learn will prove ever more popular in 2021 and beyond. To capitalise on the changing priorities of younger talent pools, Engineering employers can build alliances with schools to promote the career opportunities of the industry, and give talks and workshops to help students choose the right GCSEs and A Levels to set them up for an Engineering Apprenticeship.
As UK redundancies rise to a record high, older demographics present a fresh opportunity to grow target talent pools. Half of UK residents reported considering a career change in 2020, with finding a real purpose or meaning to their role cited as a key aspiration. Others who have been out of the job market for a period of time, to have children, care for others or pursue education, may also be keen to enter the job market rather than worry about financial instability. Engineering businesses can harness this desire for job security and achievement by targeting these groups and tailoring their message accordingly with the training, progression and benefits a career in the sector can offer.
To find the best Engineering candidates, take time to tailor your hiring process to the high standards that your company needs:
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