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Recruitment trends

Read the latest employment figures, with an in-depth focus on the UK skills shortage and how government legislation and employment law could affect your recruitment.

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How businesses in the north of England can attract talent

High employment within the UK means businesses are recruiting in an increasingly competitive, candidate-led market. Historically, top UK talent has appeared to gravitate towards the capital for work. However, the workforce is becoming increasingly mobile and with this, the North’s offering of career opportunities, lower living costs and strong work-life balance is becoming more apparent for businesses and jobseekers alike. This is reflected in the 42% increase in jobs advertised in the last two years in cities across Northern England and Scotland, alongside a rise in job applications.

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A lower cost of living in the North of England can help businesses attract talent

An increasingly mobile workforce across the UK means there is more opportunity than ever for employers based outside of London. Recruiters need not limit their candidate search to their local area – they can expand their talent pool by speaking to those potential candidates who are open to relocating. Key to attracting top talent from across the UK is a strong employer brand, coupled with engagement throughout the recruitment process.

Overcoming the UK skills shortage

Totaljobs and Robert Walters recently surveyed over 5,000 UK professionals and employers in order to shine a light on the challenges facing British recruiters.

The resulting report, “Solving the UK Skills Shortage” has revealed that two thirds of recruiting businesses expect to struggle to find the candidates they need. What’s more, half of UK employers believe that Britain’s departure from the European Union will worsen the problem.