The main Olympics games is over and with a short break the Paralympics games will start on the 29th August. There has certainly been a feel good factor in London but what impact if any has that had on the recruitment market? There was certainly an upsurge of activity in London when the games finished for London/UK based interviews being scheduled so no doubt there was many CV's sitting in a pipeline waiting for feedback from clients. A number of recruiting decision makers and line managers are on holiday both in the UK and across Europe with some countries pretty much closing down for most of July and August which slows down either recruitment planning or the recruitment process.
It's certainly still very challenging for many companies in the market place either with projects being cancelled or delayed and a hiring freezes for permanent staff however there is growth in some sectors and certainly organisations and attracting quality candidates is still very challenging. As we go into the last quarter of the year I expect an increase in hiring activity based on feedback from clients although, rates on contractors will continue to be squeezed, the recruitment process being prolonger and the need only to hire if exactly the right candidate.
One area that needs work from both the client and agency is the candidate experience. Too often candidates are not being given feedback on where they are in the process with the client or even if there is interest in their profile. As more and more CVs come into clients this can be even more challenging for clients to get back to everyone but surely you would want every candidate to have a positive experience of engagement with you whether or not you took them forward through a hiring process. I've been looking at this very subject further in one of my blogs which you can view at http://davidjlawrence.co.uk/the-ats-black-hole/
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