Welcome to the very first edition of The World of Recruitment: A weekly rundown of the recruitment industry’s top stories!
We’ll scour the world wide web on your behalf, sorting the “wheat from the chaff” and delivering to you all you need to know.
Here’s this week’s Top 3!
Recruitment industry set impossible disability employment target by UK government
The UK government has set out its target of getting a million more people with disabilities into work.
Currently, 51.3% of people of working age with disabilities are employed – compared to 81.4% of those without disabilities. The government is looking to increase the total number of those with disabilities to 4.5 million by 2027 – and is relying on the recruitment industry to help them achieve this aim.
One sticking point in this plan, however, is where the workers will be coming from – with only a pool of 393,000 disabled people who are currently unemployed.
It seems the recruitment industry will simply need to wave a magic wand and manifest the additional 607,000 unemployed disabled people into existence – so they can then be placed in employment. Watch this space!
EU Net Migration Falls – Adding to existing skills shortage!
Net migration to the UK from the EU has fallen to its lowest level since 2012 and immigration is at its lowest level since 2014, statistics from the Office of National Statistics show – in one of the more predictable consequences of Brexit. This data has prompted a statement from REC policy director Tom Hadley, who commented, “(Yesterday’s) ONS figures confirm the decrease in the number of EU nationals coming to the UK looking for work, at a time when employers across a whole range of sectors are finding it increasingly hard to find the staff and skills they need.”
Separate analysis by the REC shows the public sector specifically can expect to face at least seven more years of skill shortages, based on current demand.
With 92% of businesses citing Brexit as impacting their ability to recruit and train staff in 2018, this is both an enormous challenge for recruiters across the UK now, and in the coming months and years.
We’ll have to see how the ongoing Brexit debates in Westminster evolve over the next week to have a better idea about what the future holds for our industry.
2019 Startup Checklist
It’s that time again, time to start waving goodbye to 2018 and hello to the wonder and promise of 2019. Brexit, train fare increases and more of the same, are just a few things we can look forward to. There are, however, some things you can do to stamp your presence on the new year: Starting your own recruitment business, for example!
Our MD, Laura Mould, has put together a really snappy checklist for anyone toying with the idea of making 2019 their year, and our Investment Team are on standby to have a chat if you’d like to know what’s involved. Obviously, all conversations are confidential and without any obligation, but we’d love to chat through your options with you!
So, there you go, your first edition of Recruitment news and views from across the internet! How did you find it? Did anything wind you up? Anything make you chuckle?
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