Finding good quality staff with the right skill sets and experience levels is a crucial requirement when growing a business and meeting the demands of increasing workloads. Being more attractive to candidates above other organisations is a key part of achieving this requirement and this includes culture, working environment, career progression and training opportunities.
There is a mixed bag of recruitment agencies out there with the best ones providing a high quality service by putting forward appropriate candidates based on their clients brief rather than adopting a 'scatter gun' approach.
Recruitment is a time consuming and costly business with many potential failure points along the way. Being selective about the agencies you use and the way you select and interview candidates plays a key part in reducing the workload associated with recruitment.
Who is in demand? In particular, the quantity surveying and project management markets remain strong. We have seen at least a 40% increase in demand for jobs this year, and expect this to continue to rise. However, every client seems to be looking for the same thing – a quantity surveyor or project manager with around three years’ experience and a strong potential for business development – because of a concern with succession planning. As a result, this person specification is currently difficult to fulfil, and no doubt these highly sought-after candidates will have multiple offers to consider when they do become available.