Recent data shows that the UK is still struggling with skills shortages and firms that have a slow hiring process are adding to the recruitment challenges.
The Sterling survey of more than 1,200 HR professionals and 3,700 recent job seekers revealed that half of the UK’s employers can’t find enough qualified candidates for the roles they have.
Interestingly, as many as 29% of these employers said that they’re being beaten in the race for top talent by their direct competitors and part of that reason might be due to slow hiring processes.
For example, 71% of the jobseekers surveyed said that they had dropped out (or considered dropping out) of their most recent recruitment experience, with the top reasons being due to the process being too long, too complicated and that there were too many touchpoints.
Steve Smith, President International at Sterling, commented on the findings, “While 2022 was a year of record-breaking vacancy numbers across the UK, the war for talent is still raging on.
“The UK still has a low level of unemployment despite the increase noted at the end of last year and skills shortages are being reported across a range of sectors and disciplines.