A quick review of 2013 from the point of view of a recruiter, entrepreneur, and ‘always wanted to be ‘politician.
Recruitment politics was dominated throughout most of the year by the Zero hour contract debate.
What a distraction!
When politicians know so little about a specific area that you happen to know a lot about, and are clearly only interested in sound bites and point scoring, you realise this is probably how they manage everything else they are supposed to be looking after for us – including the economy, immigration, and transport (see London Airport and HS2 debates).
Zero hours was a key talking point in recruitment in 2013.
When it comes to zero hour contracts, it would be far more appropriate to focus on low pay, skills development and lowest cost commissioning by Local Authorities. Zero hour contracts are prevalent in the Care & Support industry. Instead of looking to ban them, we need to debate whether we want some of the lowest paid members of our society to be those who care for us in our old age, or special need. Moreover, how we can ever guarantee quality in such an environment remains to be seen.
I spent a small amount of 2013 mentoring members of the younger generation, on employment and their future careers. Thanks to the CIPD for enabling me to get involved in what has been a rewarding experience working with secondary school students and new graduates.
What is clear from my time spent is the gulf between what they know, and the knowledge they actually need to secure gainful and meaningful employment in the future. There is a great need to educate the next generation of workers on the basics – such as CVs and interview techniques – but more crucially, on gaining appropriate work experience.
Mentoring was a personal highlight for me in 2013.
The demise of a national career service for schools will have a profoundly negative effect. I watched a deputy head – for all his passion for his kids’ futures, explaining the importance of getting the postcode of their school correct on their CVs. Employers who know what really needs to be on a CV need to get involved! Our Social Enterprise www.studentsonplacement.co.uk endeavours to address some of these issues, but is of course just a drop in the ocean. Many more ventures and schemes like this are needed.
In the autumn of 2013, I started working with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses programme at Aston University. It continues to prove to be an incredible resource for business, and has had a tremendous impact on me and PPS over the last few months of 2013. Developing the vision and strategy for PPS has come at such a timely point given our year of such significant growth. Perhaps, most inspirational has been the opportunity to meet some many other exceptional business leaders from the Midlands, with a few particular stand outs – Byron Dixon (Director of MicroFresh), Richard Barnes (Owner and MD of Select Research Ltd) and Adam Whitehouse (Owner and Founder of TMT First Ltd).
I recently went to watch Boris Johnson talk at the London School of Economics (LSE). He was highly entertaining, but during his 45 minutes, he was unable to be serious once. It is scary to think he could become our next Prime Minister. It was the same week that Nelson Mandela died, who I had also seen talk at the LSE some 10 years ago – there was some difference in what they had to say about their views of the world!
We’ve also been focusing on future leaders at PPS. Our new graduate recruitment programmes continues apace, with our new recruits currently in the middle of a rotation around our business, learning every day how to become recruiting experts.
So what does 2014 have in store?
At PPS we believe that clients will continue to demand enhanced solutions and greater service complexity from their suppliers. From Employee branding and internal referral schemes, through situational judgment questions and strength based interviewing, to on-boarding and initial induction, the profession we are in has changed, is changing, and will continue to change in 2014 and beyond.
Here are a few of my predictions (and goals) for the world of recruiting in 2014:
- Look out for better career sites, and slicker application processes as the competition for quality staff gets hotter.
- Clients running large recruitment campaigns will need to offer pre-application interactions including webinars and on-line chat.
- New options will continue to arise for screening and assessment – audio applications are a favourite of mine.
- There will be continued academic research into the link between recruitment methods and job performance.
- Enhanced development of combined temporary and staff bank technology (see how PPS’ MORS system can help you to manage your agency workforce, as well as your in-house bank/ Locums)
- I will have time to set up www.millioncareers.co.uk and get employers nationwide to giving meaningful careers advice to schools
I hope that 2014 becomes a great year for you all!
What did you think recruitment in 2013? What are your predictions for 2014? Comment below, tweet us, chat to us on our LinkedIn page – we would love to hear from you!
Written by Will Shepherd, Director and Owner of PPS
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