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46% of applicants put off by bad online reviews

A recent survey by recruitment and employment technology company, CareerWallet has revealed detailed trends and insights into the UK job market. The report has shown the top seven reasons job seekers are put off a business when applying for a new role, with bad reviews and terrible annual leave topping the list.

Top reasons job seekers are put off applying for new roles

  • Bad reviews online 46%
  • Poor annual leave 44%
  • Bad staff incentives and benefits 42%
  • Morally dubious sector 32%
  • No hybrid working 21%
  • No sustainability policy 19%
  • Outdated sector 18%

The survey showed that job seekers extensively research firms before applying for new roles with nearly half (46%) put off by bad reviews online and 19% refusing to apply to firms with no sustainability policy. Terrible annual leave (44%) and bad staff incentives/ benefits (42%) were also high on the list of reasons job seekers would be put off applying to new potential employers when looking for a career change.

The national survey also revealed what is important for job seekers when applying for new roles and gives employers a good idea of what to consider in order to attract the best talent. For example, upgrading staff benefits, offering some level of hybrid working and also making sure annual leave is competitive and in line with competitors makes a job role more attractive to potential applicants.

Craig Bines, CEO at The CareerWallet Group made commented: “At CareerWallet we process millions of jobs a day and this allows us to quickly see how the job market is being impacted on a daily basis.

Our national employee survey has highlighted how UK jobseekers are extensively researching their next potential employer with 1 in 5 even checking for sustainability policies. Many businesses may need to consider changing outdated company policies around annual leave and hybrid working, making sure they remain competitive and can attract the very best talent.”

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70% of employers agree that Ukrainian workers could ease UK labour shortage

In a new survey commissioned by UK career and jobs site Reed, research has shown that four in five UK businesses are willing to hire Ukrainian refugees with six in ten hiring managers stating that the government should make it easier for refugees to enter the UK.  

According to the research, UK employers believe the leading benefits of hiring Ukrainian workers are: 

  • An increase in Ukrainian workers could ease UK labour shortages (71%) 
  • The potential to increase workforce diversity (33%) 
  • The potential to increase cultural diversity (29%) 
  • Access to skilled and qualified candidates (27%) 

The language barrier is the biggest challenge, say 59% of recruitment decision-makers with other concerns including uncertainty about the Ukrainian workforce’s skillset (36%) and uncertainty about productivity (36%).  

In response to the research, Reed.co.uk has made some of its career advice pages available in Ukrainian to assist refugees in transitioning into the UK workforce.  

James Reed, Chairman of Reed.co.uk, commented:  “If Ukrainian refugees are to settle in the UK successfully, finding them employment will be the crucial next step to fully integrating them into society for the period that they remain here.  

“It’s encouraging to see such a positive response to this refugee crisis from UK employers. The majority are enthusiastic about the prospect of hiring Ukrainian workers and have identified a range of benefits they can bring to the UK workforce.”

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Job applications drop 37% as vacancies increase 52% 

The number of applications per vacancy have steadily decreased as the skills crisis continues to grip the UK, with figures dropping 40% between January and February 2022. That’s according to the latest data from the world’s largest network of job boards, Broadbean Technology. 

 

Applications tumble 

According to the statistics, the number of professionals applying for new jobs fell 37% between February 2021 and February 2022 as vacancies spiked 52%. While this data highlights a concerning picture for the UK’s skills availability, pre-pandemic comparisons provide a clearer indication of the talent crisis facing the recruitment sector. 

Broadbean’s analysis revealed a 55% decline in the number of people applying for new jobs between February 2019 and February 2022, indicating the extent of the impact of Covid and Brexit on the UK’s labour market. 

 

Sector breakdowns 

Across the sectors, the data reveals a significant decline in the number of people applying for roles across the engineering, IT, retail and healthcare sectors. In the retail arena, applications per vacancy fell 45% between January and February of this year, while figures in engineering and IT were down 41% and 38% respectively. Medical and nursing job applications also reported a 30% decline which is indicative of the continued pressure being felt across the healthcare sector as it attempts to play catch up on routine services following two years of significant demand. 

Alex Fourlis, Managing Director at Broadbean Technology commented: 

“The UK’s skills crisis has been well documented over the last year, impacting almost every business, of every size, across every sector. The uptick in recruitment activity at the beginning of 2021 was initially welcomed with open arms in a Covid-hit economy, but we all soon felt the squeeze on resources as we found ourselves in a unique scenario where everyone was recruiting at the same time. And while Brexit may feel like a lifetime ago, the impact this has had on the labour market wasn’t immediately felt, largely due to the pandemic. There is no quick solution to rebuilding dwindling talent pools and we fully expect this squeeze on resources to continue over the coming months. We do, however, expect to see more employers and recruiters using innovative technology and maximising partnerships with external talent suppliers to tackle this skills crisis.” 

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November 2021 saw five times more applications than the previous year 

A national job vacancy survey by CareerWallet has revealed detailed trends and insights into the UK job market. The report has highlighted the huge impact the pandemic has had on the recruitment sector in 2020 as job applications in the last quarter of 2021 were more than three times (369%) higher than the same time last year. 

According to the findings, the massive increase in applications is due to a renewed confidence in the job market and a backlog of employees who stuck out less than perfect roles due to furlough schemes or fears of leaving their roles in the midst of the pandemic. The report revealed that November 2021 was a record month for applications with almost five times as many applications as November 2020 with the surge continuing in December with over three times the applications during the festive period compared to last year. 

The report shows how the market has shifted over the last 12 months as jobseekers are less fearful of the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

Craig Bines, CEO at The CareerWallet Group, commented: “Our national report has highlighted how employees are returning to the job market in their millions across the UK and this number seems to be continuing to rise month on month. The skill shortage issues have been well-documented and as economic fears from the pandemic subside it is now clear that employees are becoming aware of the abundance of new potential jobs available to them.” 

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