The worlds of recruitment and talent acquisition are in a state of constant flux – can you keep up with the pace? You’ve got to stay on top of the latest trends and developments if you’re going to stay ahead and attract the best talent.

To help you one step ahead of the competition and refine your recruitment and talent acquisition strategy, we’re going to take a look at the top 2020 recruitment statistics.

2020 Recruitment and Talent Acquisition Statistics

Knowledge is power – let’s dive into the top statistics and facts:

1. 17% of recruiters don’t know or don’t track cost per hire (Yello Research)

Numbers from Yello Research reveal that a shocking number of recruiters fail to track their cost per hire accurately. This can make life incredibly difficult for those professionals, who’ll fail to monitor the impact of the changes and adjustments that they make to their strategy.

Data is the new oil – recruiters and hiring managers must use the right tools and platforms to track information and make the right choices.

2. The average hiring process lasts around 27.5 days (CMD Recruitment)

Statistics from CMD Recruitment reveal that the average hiring process lasts for approximately 27.5 days. This is a truly significant amount of time, and it means that businesses are often left with empty seats.

Vacant roles can result in significant losses for businesses, so recruiters and hiring managers must use the latest strategies to reduce that time as significantly as possible.

3. 64% of millennials would rather make less at a job they love than make more at a job they find boring (Paycar)

This statistic from Paycar shows us that purpose and engagement are essential factors in job satisfaction rates among millennials. If you can offer challenging and rewarding work, you’ll be better able to attract those sought-after candidates.

Recruiters and hiring managers should learn to present their positions in an engaging and descriptive way to ensure that they find and hire the most appropriate candidates.

4. As many as 64% of employees may leave their jobs in 2020 (Achievers)

Research from Achievers reveals that a significant number of employees are planning to leave their jobs in 2020. While COVID-19 and any subsequent economic impacts might severely impact this number, it’s an indication that the workforce is more mobile than ever before.

The businesses that are going to be most resilient to turnover are those that offer a strong mission and satisfying work.

5. 75% of candidates will research a company before applying for a job opening (LinkedIn)

In its Employer Brand Statistics report, LinkedIn found that three-quarters of employees will now research a company before applying for a job opening. They’ll often head to key review platforms like Glassdoor and LinkedIn to gauge your reputation.

This new reality means that businesses must focus on their employer brand to polish their reputation and come across in the best possible light.

6. 51% of respondents are more attracted by job postings that have visual elements (Software Advice)

Numbers from Software Advice show that job candidates are often most attracted to those job posts and adverts that include visual elements. That could include anything ranging from simple images to high-quality video.

Recruiters and hiring managers should take the time to collaborate alongside their marketing team to create truly engaging and exciting adverts.

7. Job listings that include a salary range attract 75% more clicks than those that don’t (Stack Overflow)

Salary transparency is a hot topic and findings from Stack Overflow show that transparent job listings will receive 75% more clicks than those non-transparent ones. Often, it’s only fair that candidates are given a salary indication before they apply.

This is an interesting finding, and it shows that you’ll seriously want to consider the salary information that you include within your adverts.

8. 81% of candidates say the main things that would improve the candidate experience is more regular updates (CareerBuilder)

Numbers from CareerBuilder show what we’ve long suspected: the vast majority of candidates love regular and timely updates on the status of their application. We all know that applying for a new job can be stressful, and those updates can help to alleviate some of that stress.

If you’re going to offer the best possible candidate experience, it’s critical that you develop a robust candidate communication plan.

9. 79% of job seekers will consider a company’s mission before applying (Glassdoor)

The majority of your applicants will consider your company mission before making an application. This statistics shows that the vision and positioning of your company can have a considerable impact on your ability to attract great candidates.

This means that you’ll need to create inspiring and big-picture job descriptions. The best recruiters and hiring managers will embody their company mission and use that to find the right candidates too.

10. 40% of candidates say they have experienced a lack of communication between accepting an offer and starting at work (G2)

The pre-boarding process is a critical period for every business, but figures from G2 crowd show that 40% of companies fail to capitalise upon it. You could use this time to share some critical resources with your new team member and motivate them for the role.

Recruiters and hiring managers can play an essential part in handing over approved candidates to their respective managers to create a more cohesive experience.

11. 82% of hiring executives now see candidate experience as necessary (Finances Online)

The candidate experience is essential, and figures from Finances Online show that 82% of hiring executives agree. With the majority of recruiters and hiring managers using the latest tools and techniques to engage their applications better, it’s critical that you keep the pace.

It would help if you were sure to stay on top of the latest industry trends and techniques to offer the best possible candidate experience.

12. 71.5% of businesses say they have a diversity strategy in place or are working on one (Finances Online)

Diverse workplaces are more profitable and creative, which is why 71% of businesses currently focus on diversity hiring according to Finances Online. Those businesses will find it easier to attract quality diverse talent that propels their business forwards.

Here at Elevate, we genuinely believe that AI is going to enhance the human element of recruitment – read why in this post.

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We hope that this post has given you some inspiration and helps you to guide your recruitment and talent acquisition strategy going forwards.

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Over the course of 2020, an estimated 1.7MB of data will be created every second for every person on earth. This immense volume of data means that businesses now face critical data management challenges.

Are you prepared?

In this brave new data-driven world, recruiters and hiring managers must carefully manage valuable candidate data to find the right talent quickly and at the right price.

In this piece, we’ll take a closer look at what we mean by legacy data then explore five key reasons you should migrate and rejuvenate this data.

What Is Legacy Data?

Essentially, legacy data is data that is currently stored on obsolete systems or outdated formats. As time progresses, it often becomes more challenging to re-access, search and even migrate this data.

Recruiters and hiring managers will often have valuable candidate data hosted on different systems and formats spread across various areas in the business. This data has very little day-to-day value for businesses.

Why Should You Migrate Your Legacy Data?

Legacy data represents an unmissable opportunity for recruiters and hiring managers.

Now that we’ve got a better handle on precisely what we mean by legacy data let’s explore the top reasons that you should rejuvenate it today.

1. Harmonise your data

It’s not at all uncommon for recruiters and hiring managers to have data spread across various obsolete systems. Businesses will store candidate data in the following areas:

  • Applicant tracking systems
  • Physical filing cabinets
  • Different excel documents
  • Cloud storage systems
  • Local hard drives
  • Shared servers

That candidate data is often stored in different file formats and structures, too. This makes it practically impossible for recruiters and hiring managers actually to use that data in any meaningful way.

Many legacy database systems are also based on Boolean search. This method of searching through your data is inefficient and achieves subpar results, while AI sourcing is much more powerful.

With all of your data in a single space, AI sourcing can make it work for you. You’ll be able to do much more like access unique insights, intelligently sort through your candidates, surface the right talent, lower your cost talent acquisition and generate more suitable, candidates for roles you need to fill.

If you want more information in this area, be sure to read our piece on five reasons AI sourcing will replace Boolean sourcing.

2. Capitalise on your past investments

Data is the new oil, and it comes at a cost. Businesses will often invest significant amounts of money into sourcing candidate data using a blend of these tools and techniques:

  • Job boards
  • Networking events
  • Career fairs
  • Referral programmes
  • Digital advertising
  • Physical advertising

All too often, though, businesses fail to maintain that data once they’ve filled an open position. This means that many companies fail to capitalise on their candidate data investments.

It also means that businesses will pay again and again for the same candidate data. This is a very costly way to work, and it pushes your cost per hire much higher than it should be.

If you store your data in a single space and use the appropriate AI sourcing techniques and tools, you’ll extend the ROI of your data collection initiatives and reduce your average cost per hire.

3. Grow your talent pools

The well-documented talent shortage outside of the Coronavirus is the most significant emerging risk for businesses around the world. 54% of companies reported talent shortages last year.

In order to tackle this risk, recruiters and hiring managers must carefully maintain and feed healthy talent pools. These databases empower businesses to organise their talents into distinct groups and nurture each group more effectively.

Growing those talent pools is a significant challenge, though, and you must capitalise on every opportunity to add quality candidate data to them. Migrating legacy data is a great way to stop your talent pools from running dry.

Looking for more information? Check out these six reasons you should develop an alumni talent pool.

4. Prepare for an increasingly data-conscious industry

As the digital world continues to mature, so does our shared understanding of online privacy protection. Most people – including your candidates – now take several steps to protect their digital information.

As one academic study focused on online privacy puts it, “personally managing and protecting online privacy has become an essential part of everyday life.”

The simultaneous emergence of GDPR and other data protection regulations also means that it’s now trickier than ever for recruiters to collect and collate accurate candidate data.

This is why your legacy data is a goldmine.

If you migrate this data effectively, you’ll be able to incorporate valuable and GDPR-compliant data back into your systems. This can give you the edge over your competition and help you to connect with proven talent.

5. Activate your passive data

Data is one of the most precious resources available to your business: you can’t afford to leave it to gather dust. As the renowned data scientist Donato Diorio said: “Without a systematic way to start and keep data clean, bad data will happen.”

By migrating your legacy data today, you’ll be better able to incorporate it into your existing talent pools and using tools like Elevate’s AI sourcing to sort through it intelligently. The more data you have, the more comfortable you’ll find it to fill your open roles with great candidates.

Elevate gives you the power to work smarter and faster by providing immediate visibility to the talent you need. Request your Elevate demo today to learn how our solution can help you to unlock the full value of your legacy data.

Data is the new oil. Vital to power our activities yet costly to acquire. 

This is especially true for the recruitment industry, where the need for multiple sources of verified talent data (CV’s) is the life blood that is required to drive daily activities.

Many businesses are paying high prices needlessly for building these different sources of talent , though, given that they’re already sitting on vast treasure troves of legacy candidate data. The issue is that this data has been challenging to interrogate via boolean search, but that’s no longer the case.

Let’s take a closer look at what we mean by legacy data, why it was so difficult to manage in the past, and why it is critical to migrate your legacy data now.

What Is Legacy Data?

Legacy data is information that is stored in an old or obsolete system. This means that the data is difficult – or even seemingly impossible – to access and incorporate into an existing system.

It’s common for recruiters and hiring managers to have lots of legacy data spread across different systems, such as:

  • Disused Excel spreadsheets
  • Physical CVs and application forms
  • Obsolete in-house tools
  • Candidates CV’s stored on various hard drives and cloud drive applications.

While the data might be locked away and inaccessible, it’s still precious. The truth is businesses might find themselves paying to acquire new potential candidates when they already have that information in an obsolete system.

Thankfully, cutting-edge technology can now act as the key to open those useful treasure chests of candidate data.

Why Was Legacy Data Difficult to Manage?

Recruiters and hiring managers need to focus on what they do best: building relationships with candidates and assessing their suitability for a range of roles. They can’t afford to spend their time collecting, organising, analysing, interpreting and presenting candidate data.

Aside from the time and skill shortage, the diverse nature of those legacy systems made it difficult for businesses to extract and sort that data in a logical and automated way.

Those factors mean that for far too long, businesses have sat on valuable data that they paid for but couldn’t use.

Why Is It Critical to Migrate Legacy Candidate Data Now?

Now’s the time to migrate your legacy data and unlock its full potential. Here are the key reasons that are the case:

1. Move quickly

Manually moving and manipulating data is no fun: it takes a long time, it’s uninspiring work, and there’s always the potential for human error.

Cutting-edge technologies offer businesses powerful functionality that makes it simple to handle legacy data. New AI sourcing technologies – like the Elevate Valut – can automate the process to migrate legacy data quickly and accurately giving you instant access to a useable talent pools.

This empowers businesses to move quickly and bolster their talent pools with high-quality candidate data in no time at all.

2. Reduce wastage

There’s a good chance that you pay top dollar for each candidate that you acquire. This means that your legacy candidate data is just as valuable as the day you first paid for it.

New technologies can help you to re-use that older data, protracting its value and boosting your ROI even many years later. This allows businesses to reduce wastage and squeeze every ounce of value from the data that they collect.

In a time when candidate data is so expensive and challenging to acquire, this can give you the edge over the competition.

3. Access a more significant volume of leads

As we touched on already, data is the new oil. If your recruiters and hiring managers are going to continue chugging along and getting the results that you need, you must provide them with as much fuel as possible.

The talent shortage means that by 2030, there will be a human talent shortage of an estimated 85 million people. If you’re going to conquer the talent shortage challenge, you’ll need as much data as possible.

Mobilising your legacy data is a great way to put yourself ahead and grow the volume of leads that you can access for your positions.

4. Harmonise your data in one place

Data is vital to recruitment success, so you must learn how to manage and manipulate data to fit your needs. Often, this means collating your data and putting it in one location.

By migrating legacy data into your current talent pools, you’ll be better able to manipulate and sort that data. Powerful platforms like Elevate can give recruiters the ability to intelligently match candidates to specific roles based on many data points, too, further assisting recruiters and hiring managers.

Closing Thoughts

We hope that this piece has been useful to you. As you can see, now’s the time to start migrating your legacy data and unlocking its actual value for your business.

Elevate can empower acquisition teams to move faster and recruit talent quicker. Request a demo today to see Elevate in action.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 6 million people in the UK currently work in governmental agencies. The public sector plays a critical role in the UK employment landscape and, as such, its hiring managers must stay on top of recruitment trends to compete with the private sector for the best talent. As we watch Recruitment 4.0 continue to mature, we’ll see dramatic adjustments to legacy recruitment technology systems and processes.

Here’s where we’ll see the majority of those changes take place:

Feature creep and abandonment are making old tools obsolete

Dramatic leaps in technology mean that across countless industries old tools are being replaced by more modern alternatives.

This is the same in the world of recruitment, too, where recruiters are abandoning older tools. Feature creep – the ongoing expansion of new features – means that older applications are not fit for purpose any longer.

It’s becoming increasingly challenging to find recruiters and hiring managers who can use those tools, too, which can elevate training costs and reduce efficiency.

AI sourcing is replacing Boolean sourcing.

For many years, Boolean sourcing was an essential strategy for recruiters and hiring managers. Elegant strings of operators and quotation marks were able to surface suitable candidates, but this technique wasn’t without its drawbacks.

It’s challenging to master and the results weren’t 100% comprehensive – there was always the danger of missing out on the perfect candidate. Every recruiter will know that it can also be quite time consuming, too.

As Recruitment 4.0 continues to mature, we’ll see AI sourcing replace Boolean sourcing and cement itself as the go-to sourcing method. To give you a head start, here’s a closer look at some of the ways we’re likely to see public sector recruitment change in light of new recruitment trends and technologies.

Sourcing candidates

In the private sector, 47% of companies currently report little to no qualified applications for the positions that they are trying to fill. This dynamic also affects the public sector, which has a strong need for the most impressive talent.

We can expect public sector recruiters to capitalise on new recruitment trends and technologies to source a higher number of qualified candidates:

Contingent workers will present an opportunity for the public sector

The meteoric rise of talent platforms like Upwork and a growing appetite for self-employment among workers means that there’s a higher number of contingent workers. Those professionals are often freelancers, independent contractors, agency workers and consultants.

In fact, there are an estimated five million self-employed workers in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics. As this figure grows, we can expect the public sector to capitalise on this trend to meet its talent needs.

Alumni pools will provide proven candidates

As the battle for talent becomes even more fierce, public sector recruiters and hiring managers will make the most of talent pools to keep track of their candidates.

The talent within those pools can be divided into smaller subsections such as referred candidates, applicants, and alumni. We’ll see alumni talent pools play a significant role within the public sector, given that they can make it easier to recruit pre-approved and trusted talent.

Boomerang Employees will reduce recruitment costs

The modern workforce is more mobile than ever before, with three out of four millennials stating that they’re open to finding a new job.

While vast portions of the workforce will seek greener pastures, some of them will inevitably return to previous employers. Those people become boomerang employees, in fact 15% of employees have returned to a former employer at some point.

This is an excellent dynamic for the public sector. Not only will public sector agencies be able to reduce their recruitment costs, but they’ll also be able to source proven and trained talent.

New tech will help public sector recruiters handle more significant volumes of applications.

AI-driven sourcing tools such as Elevate are already helping recruiters and hiring managers around the world to manage more applications and better identify and validate the ideal candidates. 

Meanwhile, new trends like programmatic advertising can target qualified talent with pinpoint accuracy.

These are just some of the ways that new technology will empower public sector recruiters and hiring managers to attract qualified candidates.

Shortlisting candidates

Nascent trends and technologies will also impact the way public sector recruiters approach the shortlisting of candidates. Here’s how:

Automate the screening process

Screening and evaluating candidates is often the most time-consuming part of the entire recruitment process. Frequently, recruiters and hiring managers will also discover that a candidate is unsuitable for different practical reasons like location or salary expectations.

Nascent tools like chatbots and sophisticated survey tools are now capable of offering a helping hand at the outset of the screening process. Take Elevate, for instance: AI algorithms are capable of analysing vast amounts of information faster and smarter than any human. Leading to recruiters and hiring managers liberation to focus on building recruiting strategies and nurturing candidate relationships.

Essentially, AI is capable of delivering high-quality talent at a faster pace while improving the overall recruitment experience.

The recruitment process will become more human

Public sector work is divided into two key areas: central and local government. Also, millions of people work in public services like healthcare, law enforcement, social care and education.

Those are all diverse fields and finding candidates with the perfect blend of personality traits is challenging. A nurse will need to exhibit different personality traits to a police officer, for instance.

New recruitment technology is going to automate routine tasks so that hiring managers can spend more time getting to know their candidates to assess better their characters leading to satisfaction all round, improving employee fit and sequentially retention rates.

Selecting candidates

Once the list of candidates is reduced to a set of finalists, recruiters need to start making their final decisions and perform hires. This is a delicate part of the recruitment process, and recruiters have to be on the top of their game.

Here’s how new trends and technologies will help public sector recruiters to select the right candidates:

Gamification will enrich the selection process

Gamification is cementing itself as a reliable recruitment technology. Games are becoming incredibly popular because they empower candidates to showcase their competencies in practical ways and demonstrate their agility.

These gamification technologies are also a great way to enliven the hiring process and energise public sector candidates. Gamification can also be used to more effectively gauge the personal traits of candidates.

New technologies can help with diversity hiring

Over the years, some media reporting and commentary have suggested that areas of the public sector over-rely on internal recruitment. People who subscribe to this idea believe that the public sector has suffered to incorporate new ideas and profiles.

In the era of Recruitment 4.0, AI-driven platforms analytics and talent intelligence will play a prominent role in the recruitment process. Expect to see recruiters and hiring managers use technology and insights to complement internal hires with talented and diverse candidates from outside the public sector.

Closing Thoughts

We hope that this piece helps you to think how new recruitment technologies could help your talent acquisition initiatives. Have you seen the rise of any unique opportunities? We’d love to hear your thoughts and how you think public sector talent acquisition might evolve.

The UK is going through a period of profound change and uncertainty. Looming Brexit deadlines, sweeping changes to workers’ rights and economic uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus mean that recruiters and hiring managers need to stay on their toes.

Amid all this change, which are going to be the fastest-growing UK recruitment sectors in 2020? It’s a tough question to answer, but we’re going to dig into the numbers to paint a clearer picture so that you can prepare and plan as effectively as possible.

The Fastest-Growing UK Recruitment Sectors

Here’s a look at the critical recruitment areas in the UK that will see significant growth over the course of 2020:

IT and Digital

The UK tech sector is flourishing: investments in the UK tech sector soared to £10.1 billion in 2019 – a £3.1 billion increase in 2018’s strong figures.

Those figures mean that UK tech companies secured a third of all VC investment made in Europe last year. That impressive statistic cements the UK as a global player, and it only sits behind the US and China when it comes to total VC funding received last year.

According to Digital Minister Matt Warman, this success is testament to the UK’s “business-friendly environment, talented workforce and longstanding reputation for innovation.”

Figures from Tech Nation reveal that over 2.1 million people were working in tech in 2018, meaning that the tech industry is a more significant employer than other key sectors like hospitality, construction and financial services.

All of this means that we’ll see the demand for talented tech professionals extend way into 2020. Recruiters and hiring managers will have a tough time battling it out for the best talent until the skill shortage is addressed.

Healthcare

There are over 5,600 life science companies active in Britain, and they work incredibly hard to manufacture and market-leading clinical products and pharmaceuticals. The UK healthcare industry is only behind the US in terms of size.

An impressive one-fifth of the British workforce is currently employed in STEM-based careers, and this makes Britain the most knowledge-intensive nation in the G20 when it comes to matters of science. This strong reputation means that the UK has one of the most robust healthcare industries and most experienced workforces.

A recent UK private healthcare market report suggested that the market is estimated to grow at a rate of 2.6% by 2023. This growth has been attributed to longer NHS waiting times, referrals to the private sector and increasing uncertainty about the future of the NHS.

The UK’s strong healthcare industry and growing demand for private healthcare could result in significant hiring initiatives over the course of 2020.

Construction

The new Conservative government has promised increased expenditure in critical areas like housing, health and major civil engineering projects. This could mean that there are lots of exciting upcoming opportunities within the construction industry. Numbers from the Office for National Statistics indicate that construction work is on the rise.

The Thames Tideway and Hinkley Point projects are two significant ongoing initiatives that continue to create vacancies, for instance, while a range of additional ambitious infrastructure projects has been given the green light.

Some analysts also believe that the HS2 project will be approved this year, joining a host of ambitious rail and highway projects. Those will generate a significant number of vacancies while the government’s pledge to build 300,000 homes each year over the coming years will lead to new opportunities.

The outlook for the UK construction industry is very positive, and as such, we’ll be sure to see lots of demand for trained professionals at all levels of seniority.

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In this piece, we take you through some of the key techniques and strategies that you can use to put yourself ahead of the competition and find the best talent in 2020.

Explore these unmissable talent acquisition steps.

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Closing Thoughts

We hope that this post has given you some interesting food for thought, and we’d love to hear your ideas about what to expect from UK recruitment over the course of 2020.

If you’re planning a big recruitment drive in 2020, you should be sure to learn more about Elevate and how our AI-driven platform can empower you to move fast and recruit now.

These are challenging times for charities in the UK. While the need for their services is rising dramatically, only 18% of charitable organisations have the appropriate resources and tools to meet that demand.

This challenge is being compounded by the fact that the long-term impacts of Brexit have yet to manifest, the proportion of people giving money to charity saw a steady decline between 2016 and 2018 (69% to 65%) and budgets continue to tighten.

Among other challenges, this blend of factors means that many charities are understaffed. 88% of local charities have fewer than five full-time employees, while 55% have no full-time employees at all.

Could the development and adoption of AI-driven recruitment technologies help UK charities to unlock new efficiencies and address their staffing challenge?

Let’s take a look at what these AI-driven platforms can achieve and how they might benefit UK charities.

What Are AI-Driven Recruitment Platforms?

These powerful nascent platforms can automate critical recruitment tasks, such as:

  • Talent sourcing
  • CV screening
  • Candidate outreach
  • Candidate qualification

By helping with such tasks, those platforms can elevate hiring results and make hiring managers much more efficient.

Those platforms are growing in prominence, too: an impressive 96% of senior HR professionals believe that AI has the potential to enhance talent acquisition and retention significantly. In comparison, 55% of HR managers see evidence of AI becoming a regular part of HR within the next five years.

How AI-Driven Recruitment Will Benefit Charities

Here’s how we will see UK charities make the most of these platforms:

1. Reduce recruitment costs

According to findings from Glassdoor, the average cost of recruitment for a new employee in the UK is £3,000. That’s a significant amount of money for any private sector organisation, let alone a public sector charity.

In trying times, it’s critical that UK charities work as efficiently as possible and leverage new technologies to reduce that cost.

AI-driven recruitment tools are a great opportunity from this perspective.

These recruitment tools can help hiring managers within charities to automate critical tasks, unlock new efficiencies and find talent quicker. Using an AI-driven tool, for instance, hiring managers within charities will be able to access a wider pool of talent and sort through it much faster.

Those types of features can help drive down steep recruitment costs and protect the budgets of cash-strapped charities.

2. Free up valuable time

As we touched on earlier, charities often have very small teams. This means that multidisciplinary team members will usually wear several different hats – recruitment and hiring might prove to be a distraction from other more primary work.

AI-driven recruitment tools are going to liberate the time of charity workers, who’ll be better able to focus their attention on other areas. With more time on their hands, charity workers will be able to focus on crucial areas like fundraising and essential administrative tasks.

As AI-driven recruitment tools continue to mature, we’ll be sure to see teams within charities do great things with their newfound time.

3. Slash time-to-hire

The average time to hire in the UK lasts 26.8 working days. This is often longer within the public sector, too, owing to a lack of candidates and resources.

This presence of unfilled roles can negatively affect charities, given that it can cause significant operational challenges. Without the right team members, charities find it difficult to operate and place a considerable strain on existing team members.

AI-driven recruitment tools can help to expedite the time to hire, though, and give charities the power to find the right candidates within a reasonable timeframe.

4. Uncover appropriate candidates

It’s critical that charities are able to attract the right talent. Potential team members need to exhibit desirable personality and character traits that will set them up for success within a charity environment.

The process of finding sourcing those candidates according to those factors is never easy, however. It takes a lot of time and effort, which results in more expensive hires and a protracted sourcing period.

AI-driven tools are giving hiring managers new ways to sort and select their talent. These new functionalities can provide hiring managers within charities the ability to sort talent and source the perfect candidates to fill their essential roles.

Closing Thoughts

We’ll be sure to see AI-driven recruitment platforms mature over the coming years, and we’re very excited about how their application might benefit the many hard-working charities in the UK.

Here at Elevate, we’re delighted to play a part in discovering the potential of AI-driven recruitment technology. We look forward to helping charities across the UK and beyond unlock all of the benefits outlined above.

The overwhelming majority of recruiters and hiring managers agree that the recruiting landscape is more competitive than ever before.

Over the course of 2020, we’ll see the talent war intensify. Are you ready to abandon outdated practices, get creative and pull out all the stops to beat your competition to the best talent?

You’ll need to use cutting-edge techniques and strategies if you’re going to succeed.

Talent Acquisition Techniques for 2020

Let’s dig deeper into key techniques and strategies that you can use over the course of 2020 to get the best talent, slash your time to hire and reduce your talent acquisition costs.

Automate tasks to free up your time

2020 is the year to abandon manual processes using automation. This can help you to save time and even eliminate the potential for human error.

Here are three areas you can automate everyday talent acquisition tasks in 2020:

Schedule messages

In an underskilled landscape, the power now lies with skilled candidates who can take their pick of suitors. To put yourself at the top of their list and build a healthy relationship, you’ll want to develop an engagement strategy.

There are several email and messaging automation tools out there that you can use to automate communications. You could use those tools to send out a candidate newsletter, for instance, or divide your candidates into mailing lists according to department and supply them with relevant content.

Qualify using chatbots

Chatbots are very popular in the worlds of marketing and customer support, with an impressive 1.4 billion people using chatbots regularly.

It would help if you considered leveraging the power of those chatbots in the recruitment space, too. You could quickly spin up a chatbot solution to offer 24/7 guidance to your candidates and pre-qualify them.

Chatbots can easily collect core information and then automatically add them into your chosen Applicant Tracking System.

Organise meetings

Scheduling meetings is a tough task that takes up an unreasonable amount of time for lots of recruiters and hiring managers. There are lots of meeting scheduler tools out there that make it easy for other people to book meetings with you and sync those with your calendar.

Polish your employer brand

By now, 59% of recruiting leaders worldwide are investing more in their employer brand. Are you among them? A strong employer brand makes it easier for you to attract the best talent, and it can cut your time to hire.

Audit your reviews

The first step to reinvigorate your employer brand is to perform a preliminary audit. During this audit, you should go through your employer reviews on platforms like Glassdoor and Trustpilot.

Use those reviews as an opportunity to glean valuable insights and focus your efforts to develop a concerted strategy to improve those reviews.

Engage your employees as brand advocates

You might also want to engage your existing employees as brand advocates. You could ask them to leave reviews, for instance, or encourage them to refer their connections and network to your business.

Some businesses develop an influential company culture and an attractive referral system to make this step a reality – could 2020 be the year for you to join them?

Collect and leverage quality data

Each day, an estimated 1.7MB of data is created every second for every person on earth – it’s essential that you make the most of the data that you generate to give your business the competitive edge. Here’s how you can do that.

Record important candidate data

First things first, it’s crucial that you collect the appropriate data about your candidates and their experiences. You’ll want to use a range of software to track essential data, like your ATS and Google Analytics.

You should try to track common metrics such as:

  • Time-to-hire
  • Source of hire
  • Candidate feedback
  • Acceptance rates
  • Cost-per-hire

Dig into your data

Once you’ve collected the appropriate data, it’s vital that you sort through it to uncover essential insights.

You might be able to learn why your time-to-hire is so long, for instance, or which parts of the talent acquisition process you can expedite. Call upon marketing to get help sorting through Google Analytics, too, to understand better where your candidates come from and the path that they take through your website.

Use AI to assist with sourcing

AI sourcing gives recruiters the ability to sort through immense troves of data and collect valuable insights. This can help recruiters and hiring managers to find the perfect talent for their role and make the right decisions.

Not only does AI sourcing improve the quality of candidates, but it can also save significant amounts of time and give businesses the ability to cut their cost-of-hire.

Use Elevate

Elevate empowers some of the world’s leading talent acquisition teams to recruit faster and enjoy full visibility into the talent that they need. This helps those teams to spend more time focused on their recruiting strategy and candidate relationships.

If you’re ready to get started, book a demo to see Elevate in action today and speak with an expert.

Offer an unparalleled candidate experience

It’s more important than ever before that your potential candidates enjoy a seamless candidate experience. That means everything needs to flow smoothly together all the way from the job search and application process to the interview and onboarding.

Leverage programmatic job advertising

If you’re going to attract the best candidates, you’ve got to get your business and your role in front of them. To do this, you will want to consider leveraging the power of programmatic advertising. This can help you to purchase the right ads and get them in front of the right people at the right time without breaking the bank.

Use an ATS

An applicant tracking system can be used by recruiters to track and filter candidates. This makes it easier for recruiters to monitor the candidate as they pass through the hiring flow and collect essential data along the way.

Leverage marketing resources

It’s essential that you engage your candidates and build a relationship with them over time. To do this, you might want to repurpose your marketing content. If your marketing department maintains a blog, why not send essential pieces to your candidates on a regular basis?

This strategy could inspire your candidates to make an application, and your marketing team will be sure to appreciate the additional traffic that you generate for them.

Additional Resources to Prepare for 2020

We hope that those techniques help you to secure talent acquisition success this year. If you’re going to get the best results possible, it’s always essential to understand the industry and broader trends.

Here are four additional resources that you can use to better prepare for talent acquisition in 2020.

Why offer flexible working

Do you know that flexibility is the most in-demand perk for employees today? If you’re going to beat your competition to the best talent this year, you’ll need to develop your flexible working offering. There are also a number of potent benefits for your business, too.

Read our piece to learn more about the benefits of flexible working.

How to maintain a healthy talent pool

The typical hiring process is very long, and it can harm the productivity of your business while generating high costs. Talent pools are a powerful resource to ameliorate the hiring process.

Discover the benefits of talent pools and discover four actionable tips to maintain healthy talent pools.

What to expect from AI sourcing

Boolean searches are challenging to master, more complex to execute, and they return a more limited set of results. AI sourcing is here to take over and deliver superior results for recruiters and hiring managers.

Get to grips with the five key reasons AI sourcing is going to replace Boolean sourcing.

Why agile talent is growing more popular

Agile talent is on the rise, and it’s becoming the go-to choice for businesses around the world. Do you understand the benefits of agile talent?

Read this piece to understand what agile talent can offer your business.

Have you noticed that two of the broadest and most common terms in our industry – “talent acquisition” and “recruiting” – are often used interchangeably?

Talent acquisition and recruitment are two very distinct ideas. They have never been more different, either, given that they are being driven even further apart by new technologies and trends.

That tendency to confuse the two terms can make it difficult for recruiters and hiring managers to work accurately and make the most of both concepts.

Let’s fix that.

How Are Talent Acquisition and Recruitment Different?

Here’s a closer look at the definition of these two terms:

Recruitment

Recruitment is more of an action that’s all about filling vacancies. Recruitment is the process of identifying a vacancy within a business and then setting the wheels in motion to source, interview and eventually hire the appropriate candidate.

This is most often a short-term tactic that’s focused around finding the right talent as quickly and as cost-efficiently as possible.

Talent Acquisition

If recruitment is a short-term action, talent acquisition can be seen as more of a long-term strategy: talent acquisition is about identifying specific talent requirements in advance and using cutting-edge techniques to make it as simple, effective and inexpensive as possible to find specific talent.

This means that talent acquisition can give companies the ability to find the perfect candidates for complex roles.

What Are the Advantages of Talent Acquisition?

Recruitment is perhaps what most people think of when they imagine the day-to-day reality of the recruitment industry. Talent acquisition is becoming increasingly important, though, given that talent scarcity and the competition for that talent is more fierce than ever before.

You can expect to unlock the following benefits if you decide to invest in your talent acquisition strategy:

Find niche talent

The global talent shortage is a real issue. In fact, a study from Korn Ferry found that by 2030 there will be a universal human talent shortage of 85 million people – roughly the population of Germany.

The dearth of skilled candidates will put lots of pressure on businesses to compete for the few qualified and experienced candidates out there. A robust talent acquisition strategy can help companies to identify vacancies earlier than competitors, and keep tabs on the appropriate candidates.

In a context where the fight for the best talent is more fierce than ever before, it’s little wonder that more businesses are trying to develop robust talent acquisition strategies.

Develop your employer brand

Strong employer branding can help businesses to stand out from the crowd to attract and retain the best employees. That’s why figures from LinkedIn show that 72% of recruiting leaders around the world agree that employer brand has a significant impact on hiring.

Talent acquisition forces businesses to think carefully about their employer brand and incorporate it into their strategy. The act of developing and executing a talent acquisition strategy can help businesses to build strong employer brands that give them the edge over their competition.

Bring the talent to you

There are a number of figures around that try to define the average cost per hire in the UK. According to the HR review, that figure stands at around £30,614 per employee when accounting for the cost of lost output too.

A robust talent acquisition strategy can help you to slash those costs by bringing the talent to you. This can make the hiring process cheaper and faster. Those applicants are often very enthusiastic about your business, and they’ll become top performers for your company, too.

Key Talent Acquisition Trends for 2020

Talent acquisition is continually evolving. Here are the latest trends that are shaping talent acquisition strategies around the world.

AI-driven technology is growing in power – and popularity

Today, AI is helping recruiters around the world to execute ambitious talent acquisition strategies. According to LinkedIn, AI is helping recruiters and hiring managers save time (67%), remove human bias (43%) and deliver the best candidate matches (31%).

Over the course of 2020, we’ll see nascent AI platforms further augment the capabilities of recruiters and hiring managers.

Predictive analytics is starting to uncover talent needs

Sophisticated tools and platforms are now able to use troves of historical data to make accurate predictions about the future talent needs of organisations. Businesses around the world are making the most of these tools to inform their talent acquisition strategy.

This can help to expedite the hiring process and – paired with powerful AI-driven talent acquisition platforms like Elevate – give businesses the best chance of sourcing the right talent.

Teams are using AI to tackle unconscious bias

A number of studies have shone a light on the benefits of a diverse workforce. Those teams are often happier, more productive and more innovative.

Unconscious bias is sometimes a barrier to cultivating a genuinely diverse workplace; however this is why recruiters and hiring managers around the world are using AI-driven talent acquisition tools to fight against bias and discrimination.

These AI technologies are helping to surface the best candidates for the role, and they can empower businesses to engage in blind hiring.

Acquire the Right Talent with Elevate

Elevate offers an AI-driven platform that empowers talent acquisition teams to augment their abilities and bring out their full potential. Learn more about Elevate and how you can leverage our platform to move fast and recruit the talent you need.

If you’re going to attract the best talent, you’ve got to monitor and meet the evolving needs of the workforce. That’s no easy task, though, given that the appetites and expectations of today’s workforce are changing rapidly.

Of all the perks you can offer – such as a diverse workplace and professional training – workplace flexibility has cemented itself as the most desirable among today’s workforce.

An Ernst & Young global survey discovered that more flexibility was the most crucial perk for 9,700 young respondents. Likewise, a 2018 Deloitte survey of 10,000 respondents revealed that a lack of workplace flexibility is the main reason millennials quit their job.

Let’s take a closer look at flexible working to help you develop your approach.

In this post, we’ll cover:

  • What flexible working means,
  • Why the demand for workplace flexibility is rising, and
  • Why you should consider offering it.

What Is Flexible Working?

Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs.

With flexible working in place, employees can choose things like their schedule and whether or not they would like to work for home. Those employees use that additional flexibility and autonomy to enjoy a better work-life balance.

Many governments around the world are in the process of adjusting their labour laws and regulations to accommodate flexible working. In the UK, for instance, employees have a legal right to request flexible working from their employers.

Upon receiving that request, employers should handle it in a “reasonable manner”. This means that they should assess the viability of the application, organise a meeting with the employee and also offer an appeal process.

Why the Demand for Flexible Work is Rising

Today’s world is hectic and fast-paced. The pervasive reach of the internet also means that workers often have 24/7 connectivity to their workplace.

This new reality means that a healthy work-life balance has been disrupted. According to statistics from RescueTime, 26% of work is done outside of regular working hours. Meanwhile, another survey found that 33% of salaried workers in the US have to work on the weekend.

This dynamic isn’t sustainable, of course. The constant pressure can cause employees to develop a number of issues, including:

  • Fatigue
  • General unhappiness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure

This is why a number of workers around the world are turning to flexible work to restore a viable work-life balance.

Why Offer Flexible Working

Some employers find that they are nervous about offering flexible working to their employees. That’s not necessary, though, given that employers can also benefit from offering flexible working.

Here are the main benefits of flexible working for employers:

  1. Reduce the risk of burnout

Burnout is caused by periods of prolonged stress and its characterised by emotional, physical and mental exhaustion. Burnout is on the rise in modern workplaces, given its hectic nature.

The human cost of burnout is awful, of course, and it can also eat into the profits of businesses. Employees with burnout lead to higher staff turnover rates, lost revenue, and the potential for expensive errors.

Flexible working can help your team members to manage their workload better and strike a more fulfilling work-life balance.

  1. A more productive workforce

Several studies suggest flexible working can help employees to boost their productivity. A recent report from HSBC discovered that 85% of respondents say flexible working gives them the motivation to improve their productivity, for instance.

If you offer flexible working options to your team members, there’s a good chance that you’ll see their productivity improve.

  1. Boost staff morale

Long hours and a lack of autonomy can cause your employees to feel undervalued and frustrated. Flexible working can help your employees to feel happier and more in control, though, which can boost their morale.

Higher morale can unlock several benefits for your business. You’ll find that your employees will elevate their productivity, produce better work and improve their attendance, for instance.

  1. Boost your employer brand

It’s more complicated than ever before for businesses to find the right talent. Not only is that talent scarce, but there’s also fierce competition between companies to secure the best candidates.

The more perks that you can offer, the easier you’ll find it to beat the competition to the best talent. Flexible working has been highlighted as important to today’s candidates: offer it and you’ll be sure to attract the best.

Leverage Your Employer Brand with Elevate

With your employer brand in check, you’ll be able to find the best candidates. Learn more about Elevate and how our platform can provide you with immediate visibility to the talent you need.

In today’s recruitment landscape, the power lies with candidates rather than employers.

This means that candidates with the appropriate skills and experience can afford to be highly critical of your offering. With so many potential opportunities out there, they can scrutinise your employer brand and recruitment process at their will.

This dynamic makes talent more mobile than ever before, too: a white paper from LaSalle Network found that three out of four millennials are open to finding a new job.

Recruiters must adjust their strategies and techniques to this new dynamic if they’re going to attract the best talent.

This means reassessing your attitude towards boomerang employees.

What Are Boomerang Employees?

Boomerang employees are those team members who decide to leave a company but return at some point in the future.

As we all know, there are several reasons that an employee might decide to leave a business. Some of the main reasons include:

  • Looking for new professional experiences
  • Pursuing better benefits
  • Dissatisfaction with their job
  • Changes to personal circumstances

Those employees might look for greener pastures, but never actually find them. In some cases, those employees might decide to return to their previous employer – that’s when they become a boomerang employee.

In The Corporate Culture and Boomerang Employee Study, Workplace Trends found that 15% of employees have returned to a former employer.

Why Hire a Boomerang Employee

As the workforce grows more mobile and receptive to new opportunities, we’ll see a growth in the number of boomerang employees.

The same study from Workplace Trends found that 76% of HR professionals are more accepting of boomerang employees today when compared to the past.

Here are the main reasons you’ll want to consider hiring a boomerang employee:

A proven cultural fit

A study from Leadership IQ found that 46% of new hires will fail within the 18 months. Of that 46%, a shocking 89% are deemed to fail because of difficulties integrating into the workplace and its culture.

That can increase your employee turnover rate and push your recruitment costs sky high. If you hire a boomerang employee, though, you can rest assured that they’re a great cultural fit and that they’re familiar with your unique culture.

A lower cost per hire

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the average cost per hire in the UK is placed at around £3,000. That’s a significant amount of money – mainly when you’ll almost inevitably lose a portion of that talent within the first 18 months.

If you maintain close contact with your alumni, you’ll be able to slash those costs. A well-maintained talent pool can give you access to the pre-approved talent that you need.

Curious about what talent pools can do for you? Read our piece on six reasons you should develop an alumni talent pool.

A lower time to hire

Every day that you have an empty vacancy will cost your business significant amounts of money. You might lack a salesperson, for instance, who would otherwise be contributing to your revenue.

This is why it’s critical that you reduce your time to hire. That’s easier said than done, though, given that it’s currently so difficult to find the appropriate talent. That difficulty protracts time to hire and costs your business money.

Boomerang employees can help here. Given that they’ll be pre-approved talent, you can often move them faster through the hiring process to reduce your time to hire.

Shorter onboarding times

Finding the right talent is just half of the battle: you’ve also got to train and onboard your new hires. This can be an expensive process, given that you’ll have to assign lots of administrative time and effort. New hires might also impact the productivity of your existing employees, too.

Those risks are mitigated when you decide to work with a boomerang employee, though. Your pre-approved talent will be able to hit the ground running immediately and start driving value from your business.

Benefit from new perspectives

Diverse workplaces are happier, more productive and more innovative. It’s crucial that you try to foster people from a range of different backgrounds – that includes professional experiences.

On their adventures, your boomerang employees might have picked up some valuable experiences and best practice along the way. You can incorporate the best parts of those experiences into your culture to reap the benefits of fresh input.

Boost your employer brand

According to LinkedIn, a staggering 75% of candidates will check out your company’s online presence before submitting an application. This means that they’ll inevitably check out your reviews on job boards like Glassdoor.

Re-hiring a boomerang employee can boost your employer brand. It demonstrates that your employees genuinely enjoy working for your business, and it also shows you value enduring relationships with your talent. Those are desirable factors to potential talent.

Monitor Your Boomerang Talent with Elevate

Are you ready to keep tabs on your alumni, attract boomerang talent and unlock the benefits above? Learn more about Elevate and how our platform can provide you with immediate visibility to the talent you need.