As recruiters, matching the ideal candidate to the ideal position is always one of the biggest challenges that we face. This challenge is exacerbated further still when you consider that sometimes the ideal candidate for a particular position isn't looking for a new position at the time.
Sometimes the circumstances of an organisation can change quite significantly, quite quickly - whether it’s the undertaking of a new large-scale project or securing a contract that will result in massive growth. Such news is fantastic for the organisation, of course, but for recruiting teams, it can present some significant challenges.
More and more organisations are making the bold move of outsourcing some or all of their recruitment functions. As RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) - the transfer of recruitment to an external service provider - becomes more common, now is a good time to reflect on why what was once isolated practice has now become very much a trend.
The term 'Gig Economy' is fast becoming one that is on many people's lips. It's a term that is prompting a fair bit of discussion and it's even had an airing in the US presidential race. It's fast becoming a hot topic on both sides of the Atlantic, and as people debate the pros and cons of the Gig Economy, the term looks set to become part of industry vocabulary.
Straw polls and twitter polls (although small scale) conducted in the days after the Brexit victory suggest that opinions are divided. Some are taking the optimistic view that the UK's departure from the EU will provide an opportunity for those working in procurement to show how they can genuinely add value to their organisations, and offer a chance to take a more cross-functional approach. However, 65% of respondents in a social media poll expressed anxiety about how their work will be affected by the referendum result.
The referendum result came as a shock to many (if not most) people across the UK. The pollsters, the politicians and the public seemed to be of the view that - whilst it might be close - caution, the desire for the status quo to be maintained and a fear of the unknown would prevail and that the Remain side would ultimately win.
According to recent surveys, over 80% of employees consider themselves to be at their most productive when working from home. Flexible hours and a flexible location are both popular, with the ability to get work done away from distractions and the promise of less traffic to contend with both being among the most popular reasons to want to work flexibly.
Britain has voted to leave the EU and whilst the nation visiting the polling stations signalled the end of referendum campaigning, the debating certainly continues to roll on. The result has fuelled discussion about the effect Brexit will now have on employment and the wider economy, and what this all means for the recruitment industry.