Yorkshire ‘lag behind’ in recruitment, says Scarborough firm

He says challenges such as post-Brexit visas and immigration have led to a huge skills shortage

Author: Karen LiuPosted 18 hours ago
Last updated 18 hours ago

A Scarborough-based recruitment firm says Yorkshire is ‘lagging behind’ in attracting and retaining staff.

KD Recruitment founder Kelly Dunn said: ‘Over the past two years of the ‘pandemic’, the North of England has bucked the trend, outperforming other parts of the UK when it comes to employment. temporary and permanent employment.

“This was because many businesses in the North adapted to the difficult situation caused by Covid-19, ensuring that many businesses survived one of the deepest recessions in history.

“However, we are of the view that now is not the time to ‘rest on our laurels’. As we emerge into a world that must live alongside the Covid-19 virus, there are several common factors of concern. Plus, it looks like the Yorkshire and Humber region could start to fall behind in other respects if we don’t adapt our recruitment and retention strategies.

Kelly continued, “There is a huge skills shortage in many sectors in our region and the time it takes for many organizations to recruit has increased significantly since the start of last year. Working with Recruitment & Confederation of Employment, their research shows that skills shortages are a top concern for recruiters across the UK, with 65% saying employers will find it a bigger challenge in the future.

“Another concern is the current immigration system, which is one of the aftermath of Brexit. Companies that rely heavily on seasonal workers from the EU are struggling to obtain the temporary visas needed to be able to return to work in the UK. United.

“And because the pandemic has been a time when many people have reassessed their priorities, many employees are now reluctant to change jobs because their confidence in the market has not yet returned.”

Additionally, data from the Office of National Statistics (December 2021) reveals Yorkshire and the Humber to be the lowest earning region in the UK, with earnings falling by -1.3% in Q3 2021 .

Kelly continued, “Over the past two years, I’ve seen amazing examples of companies responding to market changes and adapting their recruitment and retention strategy to enable them to become an employer of choice. for the region. However, there are still a fair number who are reverting to pre-pandemic ways of working and they will ultimately find it difficult to bring new talent into their business as well as keep hold of the people they have.

“The grass is greener now and employees are tempted to look elsewhere, which means companies need to work smarter to find ways to recruit and retain their workforce. I’ve worked with a number many of which have taken into account various facets that contribute to the success of staff recruitment: they offer a simplified application process; increased salaries; better work-life balance; consideration for mental well-being, and they also offer agile working practices, such as working from home several days a week.

“Candidates now consider the whole package offered by an employer and want to know the benefits of working for a potential company. A career or role is now much more than just a job description.

Other developments to come in 2022 include the permanent adoption of the Right to Digital Work (RTW), which the REC has been lobbying the government to adopt during the pandemic. Although it has been in place since March 2020, it will be permanent from April.

Kelly added: “While the REC and its members have lobbied the central government to come up with this faster, easier and safer way to hire employees, the government is proposing to charge each employee using the RTW process, which which costs up to £70 per UK-based applicant. .

“It’s unmanageable for SMEs and an unnecessary expense ahead of the rise in the national minimum wage and higher national insurance contributions later this year.

“Employers are undoubtedly facing rising costs in 2022, but for employees it is also a time of great financial need as the cost of living crisis looms, especially as wages in Yorkshire and the Humber region are among the lowest in the country.

“Yet without reliable and hardworking employees, most businesses simply will not survive. It’s a fine balancing act, brought about by two years of unprecedented change. Businesses in our region should consider the new way of working to survive. »

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