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Plum hosts good recruitment campaign event

Susie Ankrett, Director of Plum Personnel explained, “The UK and our local region are in the midst of a well-documented skills shortage. This directly impacts on to the hiring challenges that are stifling many UK organizations plans for growth. Consequently, it has become more important than ever for organizations – whatever their size or sector - to have a recruitment strategy in place that can effectively attract, secure and retain the best talent.  As a result of these very real issues, Plum Personnel is actively supporting the REC’s Good Recruitment Campaign.”

Key speakers Steve Othen, from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and Adrian Wightman, the resourcing manager from npower RWE gave presentations to an audience of people involved in recruitment who represented a diverse range of industry sectors, types and sizes of organizations from across the region.

The core issues behind the campaign were highlighted by Othen who went on to explain, “The Charter defines 9-key principles of good recruitment practice covering subjects such as flexible working, candidate experience, and extending good practice equally to permanent, temporary, contract and part-time workers. By engaging with the campaign and signing up to the Charter, employers will be making a visible commitment to good recruitment practice which will help to enhance their brand and attract candidates.” 

Statistics from the REC suggest that employees who enjoy a good candidate experience during the recruitment process at their organisation tend to outperform others by up to 15% and they are 30% more likely to stay at the firm for a prolonged period. 

Othen also revealed that those who do suffer from a poor recruitment process are 83% more likely to tell their immediate friends or family and 64% more likely to report the issue on social media. Steve commented, “This is particularly significant as these applicants are the potential clients, candidates, customers and critics of the future so ensuring they have a good candidate experience in the hiring process is growing in importance.”

Adrian Wightman, the resourcing manager from npower went on to outline the hiring issues that his firm had faced in the past including a lack of consistent processes.

Wightman explained,“Npower got involved in the campaign because it aligns the organisation with good recruitment practice – and sends a positive message to potential candidates.  It also ensures that we have a competitive advantage when attracting hard to find talent.”

He added, “Finding good talent is fundamental to the success of any organisation. As demand returns to the economy sourcing and hiring talent is become increasingly difficult. Maximising the attraction and experience of the candidate through the & lsquo;Good Recruitment Charter’ is at the top of our resourcing agenda.”

The Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) have also given their support to the Good Recruitment Charter which sets out the key principles that lie at the heart of responsible and sustainable recruitment and employment practices for an organisation’s future success.  

Ankrett commented, “We are seeing that local businesses are looking to hire more staff and the need to fine-tune their resourcing strategies is becoming critical. Great recruitment practices benefit everyone. With retention of talent being a key to an organisation’s future success a candidate centric approach to recruitment is essential.”

The evening was rounded off with a series of questions and feedback from the audience followed by the opportunity to network with other professionals. The Directors of Plum Personnel are planning more events in the future to support their clients and advocate the Good Recruitment Campaign.

Employers who sign up to the aspirational Charter will gain access to advice, guidance and research on the latest innovations in recruitment good practice.  A free self-assessment tool is available for organizations to evaluate their own processes and identify areas for development. 



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