Recruiters are having to find new methods for attracting the best talent in their field, according to a recent report.
The research conducted by Totaljobs found that employers are finding it increasingly hard to find the right candidates that their businesses need.
It currently takes one month to recruit the right candidate for a Finance, Customer Service, HR, Secretarial or Marketing role and three months for roles in Sales or IT take up to three months on average.
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John Salt, Website Director at Total Jobs, said: “The UK economy will struggle to maintain long-term sustainable growth if the mismatch between the supply of jobs and existing jobseeker talent pool is not addressed.”
While UK unemployment is falling, national productivity is lagging behind the likes of the US, Italy, Germany and France.
The report suggest that sectors facing pronounced skills shortages, such as engineering, IT and teaching, need to adopt a candidate-led approach to recruitment is crucial if employers are to attract the talent they need.
Salt said: “It’s never been more important to ensure that businesses retain a clear focus on employer brand positioning across multiple channels to attract the right talent. This should then be complemented by initiatives that speak directly to candidates as individuals, headlining what appeals to them most. This can include company culture, not just skills and experience, the type of working environment and a business’ approach to work-life balance.”
The research by Totaljobs revealed that 43 per cent of jobseekers say that they have been more selective about the roles that they have taken over the last three years.
As a result, almost a quarter (23 per cent) of businesses have experienced restricted growth due to a shrinking talent pool and 55 per cent say that they currently have a skills shortage in their business.