Recruiters expecting a rise in recruitment levels, FIRM research reveals


Providing a window into the In-House Recruiter world, The FIRM’s latest Annual Membership Survey reveals that despite an unstable economic situation and Brexit uncertainty, the recruitment market is looking buoyant.

The research, which asks in-house recruiters across multiple industries to provide their view on the market, how their roles are changing and what their core focuses are reveals that:

  • 60% of businesses expect an increase in recruitment levels
  • Organisations are managing a growing number of vacancies, with 51% of respondents forecasting over 500 vacancies this year, up from 47% in 2017/18 and 37% in 2016/17

But it’s not all good news. Recruiters continue to highlight their concerns surrounding a lack of specialist candidates for scarce talent in Nursing, Medical, Technology and Engineering roles, as well as on maintaining gender diversity, especially in specialist roles within STEM such as software engineering.

When asked about their top priorities for the year ahead, this remained unchanged from 2017/18, with the top three priorities being:

  • EVP and Employer Brand
  • Direct Sourcing
  • Building Talent Pools for Future Hires

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