Headhunting for top talent 'increasing in UK'

Headhunting for top talent 'increasing in UK' - C&M Travel Recruitment
Competition to find top talent to fill job vacancies in the UK is increasing as a result of the pandemic, according to new stats.

Four in ten people (38 per cent) say they have been approached about a new job more than five times in the past year, with five per cent being headhunted more than ten times.

The research from Talent Works suggests there is currently strong demand for technical skills in the UK. Just 45 per cent of employees working in software jobs in the IT industry had not been approached at all about a new role, while eight per cent said they had been contacted regarding ten to 20 different jobs.

Worryingly for employers, a fifth of all workers said they were planning to work at a different company in 2022, with the figure standing at 25 per cent for 18 to 34 year-olds and a slightly lower 18 per cent for those aged 35 and above.

One in five (20 per cent) workers said that having to work either part-time or full-time in an office would negatively impact whether they stayed in their current job. In addition, two in five (38 per cent) said their company did not have a homeworking policy in place.

Speaking about the findings, Neil Purcell, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Talent Works, said: "Businesses should be concerned with the mixed responses on working policies, especially with job openings at an all-time high and poaching numbers only likely to grow.

"Understanding your candidates and your employees will ensure that the right people fit within your organisation and employee turnover and churn is reduced."

In other news, the latest Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD found that 69 per cent of companies plan to hire new candidates to fill their job vacancies within the three months to September.

The report found that employer confidence regarding hiring new staff members was at its highest level in nine years.

By Owen Mckeon