Recruiting professionals in a candidate short market

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According to the latest Robert Walters whitepaper - 'Recruiting Professionals in a Candidate Short Market,' shortages of suitably qualified candidates are putting pressure on employers, to retain their current employees.

The whitepaper explores a number of areas, including recruitment challenges and skills shortages, the plans for managing talent shortages as well as recruitment strategies adopted by businesses to manage these shortages.

Of the employers that have a plan in place, over 40% said they would consider appointing an interim or contract professional to manage skill shortages, while approximately a quarter said they were developing a succession plan or recruiting from talent pools they hadn't explored in the past.

This whitepaper is based on the survey responses of 226 hiring managers. Some of the key findings include:

  • 72% of employers have been affected by talent shortages
  • Despite this, 40% of employers are unlikely to hire those who do not meet the exact requirements of the role
  • 42% of hiring managers have upskilled staff to manage candidate shortages
  • While only 65% of employers use counter-offers to retain staff that have accepted a job offer with another employer

Strategies adopted to manage candidate shortages

Of the employers that have a plan in place, over 40% said they would consider appointing an interim or contract professional to manage skill shortages, while approximately a quarter said they were developing a succession plan or recruiting from talent pools they hadn't explored in the past.

Read the latest Whitepaper in the South African Insight Series, 'Recruiting professionals in a candidate short market'.

For more hiring advice please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
nic.sephton-poultney@robertwalters.com
+27 (0) 11 881 2414

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