January 10, 2013 10:13 am

Recruitment Diary: January 10 2013

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Resignation fears New year resolutions can be an employer’s worst enemy if valued employees resolve to find a new job. Research from Robert Half UK, the recruitment firm, finds UK human resources directors are very concerned about losing staff in 2013, saying they believe 22 per cent of their employees will look for a move as the result of new year resolutions. Phil Sheridan, managing director of Robert Half UK, says: “It is all too common for companies to wait until they receive resignations before enhancing their retention efforts, but by then it is often too late.” The firm says signs indicating that an employee might quit are: a change in attitude from enthusiastic to indifferent; longer lunch breaks and frequent absences; smarter attire; and a fall in productivity. Employers should not wait and see – they need to open a dialogue.


Back-to-work blues Employers seeking to snap up fresh recruits in the new year need to act fast, before the January back-to-work blues wear off. An estimated 11.84m people were expected to begin a job hunt on Monday of this week. Job Bounties, a recruitment website, says in each of the last five Januarys, 40 per cent of people with jobs looked for a move, and millions in the UK are currently searching Google for “vacancies”, “jobs” and “job vacancies”.

Global predictions How will the recruitment and talent management industry shape up in 2013? Futurestep, a Korn/Ferry company, set its global leaders the task of coming up with a forecast. Its conclusions include an expectation that employers will look beyond immediate financial needs and seek to attract more talent for the long term, and that they will start to treat job candidates as consumers. The “war for talent” is predicted to become more subtle and focused, with businesses not hiring the volume of talent they once did, but focusing instead on hiring “critical talent”. And the use of talent communities and greater “talent pool management” is expected as businesses seek to maintain relationships with skilled people they might need but cannot employ immediately.

UK predictions Employment is going to grow, if only slowly, during 2013, according to a rosy survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. Its latest JobsOutlook, which questions 600 UK employers, found 99 per cent of them planning to increase or maintain their permanent staff in 2013. The news is positive for temporary staff, too, with 88 per cent of employers planning to increase or maintain their temporary staff headcount in 2013.

Optimism The REC’s rosy view is backed up by the latest Reed Job Index, which says the UK employment market begins 2013 at its strongest for three years, with the final quarter of 2012 being the best for new jobs since 2009. It sees caution giving way to optimism among employers.

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