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Hiring mistakes are costing UK businesses billions each year, according to REC and Indeed

UK businesses are failing to hire the right person for two out of five roles despite the significant financial costs of making mistakes, according to a new report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Perfect match: Making the right hire and the cost of getting it wrong explains the common mistakes employers make, defines the real cost of poor hiring, and offers practical advice to businesses seeking to avoid financial risks at every stage in the hiring process. The report shows:

  • 85% of HR decision-makers admit their organisation has made a bad hire, and a third (33%) believe that these mistakes cost their business nothing
  • A poor hire at mid-manager level with a salary of £42,000 can cost a business more than £132,000
  • The hidden costs involved in bad recruitment include money wasted on training, lost productivity, and increased staff turnover
  • Four in ten employers (39%) admit that the interviewing and assessment skills of their staff should be improved.

Perfect match: Making the right hire and the cost of getting it wrong contains a step-by-step guide to calculating the price of a bad hire, enabling employers to take an informed and measurable approach to investing in recruitment. 

REC chief executive, Kevin Green, said, “Getting recruitment right is even more important during a time of economic uncertainty because businesses need to ensure they’re not wasting money. Our calculations show that UK businesses are wasting billions every year because of the volume of hiring mistakes being made.

“Shockingly, we discovered that employers are completely underestimating the financial impact of getting recruitment wrong, and not learning how to improve. 

“This research enables recruiters to explain to their clients why getting recruitment right is so important, and provides a cost/benefit analysis of why it makes sense to use a professional recruitment expert to minimise risk and improve business performance.”

Perfect match: Making the right hire and the cost of getting it wrong has been produced by the REC in partnership with Indeed as part of the Good Recruitment Campaign, which is promoting good practice recruitment to UK business in all sectors. 

This report has been produced in partnership with Indeed. Bill Richards, UK managing director of Indeed, commented, “Hiring is one of the most important aspects of business growth, but one of the most costly if done wrong. In today’s tight labour market there is a full-blown battle for talent, and employers need help navigating the terrain.

“The good news is that when it comes to connecting candidates to open positions, search engines like Indeed have emerged as a powerful tool for employers. Our mission is to help people find the right job, and the insights raised in this report will help hirers source and retain candidates to meet their business needs.”

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