The ‘Post’ covid employment market

The ‘Post’ covid employment market

As we sit in mid 2021 it has been just over a year since we all were working from home and living on zoom. I was proud to have committed a stretch of 28 consecutive days living in basketball shorts (not that those in my zoom meetings knew)

With all my legs covered up and back in the office we are experiencing a different employment market in 2021. You would not think so given the news cycles and talk of still high levels of unemployment, but in the Hunter, it is a struggle to source good candidates, from advertising alone.

The volume just is not there. Once where we would have advertised for an admin position and been smashed with 400 + applicants, now in some instances we are receiving under 10.

Employers are becoming frustrated with not having access to choice and not being flexible or willing to train. We have a market full of people from sectors that have been decimated by covid wanting a fresh start and employers looking for new staff & not understanding the current situation.

I personally think a shift will change in the future and some normality will return but at present fear is driving people to stay in their current job:

  1. The passive job seeker is no longer looking. Employees will stay in their current roles for fear of being last on, first out should we enter a third wave and more lockdowns. “I don’t want to be on a probationary period right now”
  2. This is creating issues for employers as a recent seek survey announced prior to covid 1 in 3 people were looking to leave their current employer. Meaning we potentially have 1/3 of the workforce wanting to leave but fearful to act.
  3. Headhunting from within your sector is tougher in the Hunter than prior to Covid meaning access to staff with less training costs is hard to gain.
  4. The rise of the counter offer – in my time in recruitment this tool has never been more powerful. Stats are up on people bouncing job offers as their current employers bump up the rate to keep them.

As the vaccine roll out progresses and candidate confidence returns, this market will find balance but what is the answer to staffing issues in 2021?

At HRG we have always believed in recruiting on values and culture fit, validating skills and training the gaps. This is more important in today’s employment market. Exploring the ‘why’ from a candidate’s perspective and finding fit is critical.

In recent months we have had great success with clients in going outside of the usual advertising box to source excellent people. As we work more as a recruitment partner to business and gain an understanding of the culture, we can source amazing people fit.

Working with recruiters in ‘partnership mode’ as opposed to ‘transactional mode’ always leads to a better result, but now more than ever.

2021 is also a time to evaluate your retention strategies. If the ledger is tipped towards finding it hard to get the skills you require it makes sense to invest more in retention (yeah I know this is a bit weird coming from a guy that wants you to recruit more) I love seeing business thrive and retaining great staff in my mind leads to growth which will lead to new staff requirements. At HRG we just want successful clients. Now is the time to look at smarter ways of keep your top performers, think about the positivity this will bring today but also into the future as the market shifts!!!

In summary, recruitment is an ever fluid marketplace and you need to understand what the playing field is like at the time you need to recruit. It is a tough time in 2021 as we navigate the post covid space and employees put on their pants and either are motivated or not to stay in your workplace.

If you want to learn more or have a conversation with someone who loves this space then start a conversation with HRG’s Craig McGregor today.

Episode 42 – Michael Kirwan

Episode 42 – Michael Kirwan

Michael Kirwan

Really open and honest conversation with Michael Kirwan, highly successful Real Estate Agent in the Maitland region for an extended period who was seeking a ‘pause button’ and found a ‘reset’ button on his career and life.

Michael is now the owner of a local small retail business and is studying part time in the field of Agriculture. 

He has gone from kid who hated school to Uni student.

I truly love this conversation and I think it will impact many with Michael highlighting the need for change in his career path and you can truly sense his desire and new found happiness.

Send us your details to explore a new career direction

By submitting the below form, including your resume, you are registering to be a part of Hunter Recruitment Group’s database which is the first place we look when new roles cross our desk – So it’s the best place to be!
When an opportunity arises that we believe may suit you we will get in touch.

By completing this form you will send your resume to HRG via admin@hrgroup.com.au

If the job you are interested is from this website please put in the Job Title that you wish to apply for.
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Hunter Recruitment Group regards candidate privacy as a paramount part of our relationship with our candidates. If you have questions or concerns regarding the collection of your information, you should first contact the team at admin@hrgroup.com.au

All information provided to Hunter Recruitment group is strictly confidential under the Privacy Act 1988.

Upon submitting the above form I give permission for Hunter Recruitment Group to retain my records on file for future employment opportunities and declare that the information I have provided is to the best of my knowledge complete and correct

If you are living or looking for work in New South Wales we are required by law to advise you of the following:

  • we will not charge you a fee for the purpose of finding employment;
  • we will not engage in misleading or deceptive conduct (such as advertising a position as being available when we know that no such position exists, or knowingly giving misleading information to you about the nature of a position); and
  • if you believe that we have acted inappropriately, you may contact the Office of Fair Trading for information on possible action that may be taken.
Episode 41 – Melinda Smith

Episode 41 – Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith

For listeners in the Hunter you will recognise this voice as Melinda spent over a decade in your lounge room nightly as a news reader with NBN TV.

This is a fantastic Career Conversation that highlights Melinda’s move from Tamworth to Newcastle and the journey she took in various roles within her trade.

We finish with what she is doing now – working for herself as a highly successful PR and Communications Specialist. Consulting to numerous firms ensuring their message is being crafted and delivered perfectly

Send us your details to explore a new career direction

By submitting the below form, including your resume, you are registering to be a part of Hunter Recruitment Group’s database which is the first place we look when new roles cross our desk – So it’s the best place to be!
When an opportunity arises that we believe may suit you we will get in touch.

By completing this form you will send your resume to HRG via admin@hrgroup.com.au

If the job you are interested is from this website please put in the Job Title that you wish to apply for.
We only accept documents in word (.doc .docx) and pdf files.
reCAPTCHA is required.

Hunter Recruitment Group regards candidate privacy as a paramount part of our relationship with our candidates. If you have questions or concerns regarding the collection of your information, you should first contact the team at admin@hrgroup.com.au

All information provided to Hunter Recruitment group is strictly confidential under the Privacy Act 1988.

Upon submitting the above form I give permission for Hunter Recruitment Group to retain my records on file for future employment opportunities and declare that the information I have provided is to the best of my knowledge complete and correct

If you are living or looking for work in New South Wales we are required by law to advise you of the following:

  • we will not charge you a fee for the purpose of finding employment;
  • we will not engage in misleading or deceptive conduct (such as advertising a position as being available when we know that no such position exists, or knowingly giving misleading information to you about the nature of a position); and
  • if you believe that we have acted inappropriately, you may contact the Office of Fair Trading for information on possible action that may be taken.
She Wins – An inspiring International Women’s Day profile

She Wins – An inspiring International Women’s Day profile

To celebrate International Women’s Day in 2021 with the theme of ‘Inspirational Leaders’ HRG showcases the work of Kristy Flores of She Wins.
 
Kristy has returned to the Hunter after spending her life travelling to be a part of the game she loves and now the Hunter is the benefactor as we gain access to this great coach.
 
HRG through the drive of Amy McGregor wants to get Kristy to teach and inspire more young women that basketball and sport can be a pathway to friendship and achieving great things.
 
Kristy is in the process of creating a website to inform more about her project She Wins but if you want to learn more contact Amy McGregor via accounts@hrgroup.com.au and Amy will connect you to this inspiring coach.
 
N.B. The lady in the voiceover is an amazing, inspiring woman in her own right that is a champion of getting young girls involved in basketball.

More than a resume – recruit today via video

At Hunter Recruitment Group we love learning more about people than the skills set out in a resume and asking the ‘why’ questions as part of shortlisting is key.

We now do this and more via bespoke one-way video interviewing.

For each role we are filling for our clients we create a personalised question set and have our shortlist respond via one-way video interviews. As a business owner or hiring manager now you get to see a resume but also see & hear from the candidate and make a more informed shortlisting decision.

This cuts down hours of wasted interview time for our clients and also has created more effective recruitment outcomes.

The future is now, it’s time to embrace a more modern recruitment process by engaging HRG to source your next great hire.

If you would like to find out how HRG can assist your business by implementing more streamlined recruitment strategies and employment services Start A Conversation with us today.