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Almost half of businesses expect recruiting to become more difficult

Research by totaljobs has found that 71% of British businesses still do not believe the target of full employment will be achieved in the next five years.

The research was revealed in totaljobs’ February Employer Insights Report. The report also found that nearly half (49%) of British businesses anticipate that recruitment will become more difficult over the next couple of years, with the average number of candidates interviewed per role currently at six. Given that the average business has around five positions available at any time, employers are likely to be interviewing up to 30 potential candidates at any one time.

Almost third (31%) of the businesses surveyed believe that the time it takes to fill roles will increase in the next five years.

Totaljobs said that, each year, 890,000 individuals start their search for work after gaining a qualification and over 15% of entry-level candidates are unemployed in their first year of entering the labour market. According to the research, employers’ biggest requirement is for graduates, with over one in five creating vacancies. While a small proportion of entry-level workers have fewer than five GCSEs A*–C, demand for staff with few or no qualifications is a little greater than at higher levels such as A level.

The report highlighted that the larger a firm is, the more likely they are to offer entry-level vacancies, with only 28% of micro firms (those with fewer than 10 employees) creating entry-level vacancies, versus more than 80% of firms with 250+ employees.

In relation to the national living wage, the Office for Budget Responsibility predicts that 60,000 people will lose their jobs as a result of the changes to the national living wage. 95% of businesses, however, say the new national living wage won’t discourage them from hiring and 77% of employers regularly train people into roles, hiring for aptitude rather than experience.  This demonstrates that employers are already adapting to a tougher recruitment outlook.

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