What’s Changed in Recruitment in 2020?

Yes, this year has been different. But exactly how different has it been in terms of recruitment trends and for those that are job searching? We carried out our own research based on what we’ve seen in the past few months compared to this time last year and in January.  

Telephone interviews  

It goes without saying that many of us have wised up to the advantages of video calls. They’re simple, quick, and effective. So, it’s no surprise that they’ve made up 76% of the interviews from the start of September until now. However, telephone interviews are also simple and quick, so why do they only make up just under 15% of interviews? Maybe all hiring managers have read our blog post on why to avoid telephone interviews…

Of course, telephone interviews are not as effective at gauging someone’s personality, skills, confidence, interest in the role, and professionalism as seeing them on screen. But the number of telephone interviews being held have depleted by a fifth since this time last year. A possible explanation could be that in the past, telephone interviews were seen as the quickest way to interview someone while video calling technology could have seemed time consuming and difficult to set upNow, however, we’ve been using video technology (nearly) all year long! It’s less foreign to people as it’s become a part of our daily lives – say goodbye to telephone interviews! 

Are candidates too nervous to resign? Is it more difficult for companies to find candidates? 

There was a lot of scaremongering regarding this to begin with, then it died off for a while, then in came the recession. It’s an understandable concern but recruitment is still thriving! 

Assessing the candidates that ESP have placed from the start of September this until now, our research denotes that candidates are even more willing to move on from their current jobs. The ratio of how many candidates were in work and how many were out of work is usually 50/50. The past few months, 64% of candidates placed have been in work! A rough average of 14% more candidates are unhappy in their current role. We can’t begin to speculate why this would be the case for every single candidate, but the pandemic puts this into a new perspective for many of us.  

Not all of those that are in work are actively looking for a new role. We always say that passive candidates are a gold mine – let us help you find them! Get in touch today. 

Is there more flexibility on location? 

A huge portion of the UK workforce are currently working remotely but will this be the case in the future? Are more companies opening up to the idea of someone never having stepped foot in their office base?  

This time, we compared the statistics with that of January’s vacancies and wholly focused on UK based roles 

  • Our research shows an uptick of 25% of vacancies that are UK Wide in comparison to January – from 20% to 45%Nearly half of vacancies are flat out UK Wide 
  • 30% of companies will either compromise on location for the right person or there’s a combination of office based and remote working. While some companies might have a preferred location, there is far more flexibility than we’ve ever seen.  
  • 25% of vacancies have a specific location. However, most of them span wide enough that this isn’t strictly specific whatsoever. For example, one location was ‘North/Scotland’! 

What about in January? 

  • Just 20% of vacancies were flexible. 
  • 50% of jobs were based solely in London. 
  • At risk of sounding like every Londoner ever, 30% of vacancies were based in ‘rest of the UK’. 

So, what does that tell us?  

Companies are becoming more aware of how a flexible, inclusive, and supportive work environment is more attractive to the modern workforce and they’re appealing to that. Even prior to Covid-life, flexible working arrangements played a major consideration when searching for a job for 77% of employees and 36% of employees are likely to leave their job due to lack of flexibility. The pandemic has simply fast-tracked many companies into adapting to this!

This is just scratching the surface of the differences in recruitment in comparison to last year or the start of the year. Recruitment is adapting to the current needs of clients and candidates. During the pandemic, many people have become more conscious about how they’re spending their time and if it’s spent valuably. This could account for more people seeking new opportunities while in work, even in such a precarious time. People are still looking for jobs and companies are more willing to cooperate on flexibility.

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