According to a recent article in USA Today, 53 percent of employers plan to hire in the next 12 months. Based on this news and feedback from our clients, contract and full-time positions in the technical, professional, and healthcare industries are poised to increase substantially.
This staffing news initiated a discussion about how the economic downturn has driven companies to reorganize and realign recruitment efforts, leading to how Aureus Group will soon help our clients with the potential increase in positions.
At Aureus Group, we’re seeing that nationally employers have elevated their desired skill sets and are taking longer to make an offer. More and more people are involved in the recruiting/hiring process in attempts to identify those top 10 percent of performers we all want to hire. I believe this is a good thing. However, it does make it challenging to keep the best candidates interested and to maintain a reputation as an elite employer. Acquiring top talent requires a concise process that aligns attracting, screening, interviewing, referencing, and negotiating. Time can kill the deal!
According to USA Today, Tom McCormick, President of CareerBuilder’s Recruiter Business Unit and Canadian operations said, “Thirteen percent of employers in the third quarter (slightly higher than second) expect to utilize a staffing firm for both their temporary and permanent hires.” I agree with Tom and think this will continue to rise during the years to come, especially as unemployment rates drop and the large candidate pool that exists today diminishes and the talent war returns.
Also, as the economy rebounds, the people who have been sitting tight in their current positions out of fear, but are wishing to make a move, will pick up the phone and call their recruiters (that’s us!) to find them new jobs. So, not only is there potential to lose employees, your internal HR/recruiting team may be leaner than a year ago and may not have the bandwidth to go out and find new individuals to fill vacant or new roles. Aligning with a strategic partner that specializes in your area of deficit and sharing pain points and the necessary skills required, gives you a competitive advantage over your competition.
Working with a staffing firm will help ensure that your turn-around time and turn-over will decrease while your level of engagement improves. Talented new employees have always helped revive the troops, and adding the right individuals will make a stronger impact than ever before.
Every company wants to employ to the best, but there are only so many in the top 10 percent. When the movement to build begins, the firms with the best employees will win. Are you ready?