Recruitment News Jan 15 – 2

Research conducted by O2 Business has revealed that only 23% of employees have requested flexible working hours. Some of the reasons cited for this were: they don’t work for an organisation that encourages working outside the office; insufficient technology to allow for flexible working hours; and a ‘lack of trust’. 54% of those surveyed admitted to being aware of the legislation which came into force in June of 2014, but many employers are slow to adopt it.
Recruitment International, January 2015

Robert Half UK has published its most recent Professional Hiring Index which has indicated that 47% of HR professionals intend to promote growth and hiring during the first six months of this year. Only 4% of HR professionals plan on reducing staff numbers, while 8% believe a freeze hiring will be in place within six months. 42% of HR professionals in the public sector believe they will be hiring or creating new positions in the coming six months.  Phil Sheridan, Managing Director at Robert Half UK, believes that companies wanting to recruit the most skilled candidates will need to offer increased wages and remuneration due to competition in the marketplace. 32% of employers have described finding “skilled professional-level employees” as “very challenging”, with 22% saying it was due to lack of commercial and business skills amongst job seekers. Due to this skills shortage amongst job seekers, the competition to hire the most talented staff will increase throughout the coming year.
Recruitment International, January 2015

A survey conducted by Penna has revealed that 1/3 of employees would prefer to leave a job rather than report bad management. 16% of respondents admitted to taking sick leave and 25% admitted to lack of sleep due to bad managers.  Only 22% of employers said they would approach HR for guidance.  20% of people said they would decline a job offer where they were aware of a bad manager. Penny de Valk, Managing Director of Penna, says “people join great companies but leave because of bad managers”.
HR Magazine, January 2015

A survey conducted by KPMG and REC has revealed that despite skill shortages in many sectors, 24% of employers have been offered higher starting salaries for permanent jobs than in November 2014. Counter-offers are also increasing, according to research carried out by Robert Half, but UK Managing Director Phil Sheridan has warned that counter offers ‘are not an effective long-term strategy to retain staff’.
HR Magazine, January 2015

A recent survey of 250 employers has revealed that, despite 67 % of employers agreeing with forthcoming pension reforms, only 7% have informed their staff of them. The reforms, which are being implemented in April, will allow pension holders to make withdrawals from their pension at any time with 25% of that withdrawal being tax free. Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits, urges employers to inform employees as soon as possible.
HR Magazine, January 2015