An Evolving Landscape

The impact of COVID-19 on the UK job market has been profound. We’ve seen previously rising
levels of employment turned on its head. In fact, in the second quarter of 2020, along with a plunge
in economic activity, employment fell by over 220,000. And with the furlough scheme ending in
October, more redundancies are expected. The result of which could be a widening of the job
market, with a massive influx of potential candidates.

What Does This Mean For Employers?

Fortunately, there are still many companies able to provide jobs to the highly skilled individuals that
may lose their job as a result of COVID-19.

Now, on the one hand, a surplus of candidates means more choice for potential employers. But with
hundreds of people potentially applying for the same role, more time, money and resources are
going to be needed to identify the best candidates.

Practical Steps
Internal Thinking
For employers, one solution could be to rethink their company’s employment strategy. They may
need more interviews and assessment steps as it will take longer to draw up a shortlist and be
harder to differentiate the top candidates. And whether you use an in-house recruiter or managers,
costs are likely to rise. In-house recruiters may run into capacity issues while the attention of
internal managers could get diverted from their other responsibilities.

External Support
Well-positioned to help during such unusual times are specialist external recruitment agencies.
Firms such as NLB Solutions bring decades of experience and refined, efficient processes for curating
the best talent. With a tried and tested approach to connecting stakeholders with the right
candidates, specialist local recruitment firms can reduce the cost and time of otherwise
cumbersome recruitment systems.

Where Can We Help?
Our team of professionals meet clients to get to grips with their business and vacancy requirements.
They also get a feel for company culture, values, and personalities. Then we really go to work.
Thinking carefully about your needs, we consult our vast network of contacts to find you the
candidates that will add the most value.We have a thorough screening and verification interview process that allows us to understand each
candidate’s strengths and skills. Our fast and efficient approach alleviates the burden on your in-
house teams during these turbulent times.
So, in the ever-growing haystack of today’s job market, recruitment specialists are playing a crucial
role in locating that elusive, well-matched needle.

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