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The 8 Most Common Challenges Facing UK In-House Recruiters


In the last 18 months, we have surveyed hiring managers and recruiters from over 2000 companies in the UK – Asking each of them to highlight their biggest recruitment pains and challenges…And the results are in!

In descending order, here are the 8 most common recruitment challenges currently faced! According to you the in-house recruiter community.

(1= the most common challenge)

  1. Struggle to fill certain roles (i.e. – skills shortages / Competition / Geography etc).
  2. Not enough quality applications
  3. Pressure to reduce recruitment costs (mostly around agency spend)
  4. Recruitment/HR system not effective / Not fit for purpose (Usually ATS or HR recruitment plugins / modules)
  5. No recruitment system / No defined or Common processes
  6. Time pressures (Too much admin time / too many unsuitable applicants etc)
  7. Budget constraints / not able to offer competitive salaries / No media budgets
  8. Attrition levels too high / People leaving in the first year of employment.

If you can relate to the challenges raised above, you might be interested to hear that we’re re-running a set of 4 powerful key-topic webinars, aiming to tackle some of these issues.

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During Nathan’s early career, he gained considerable experience from across many industries including Sales, Teaching and Retail, however more recently Nathan has delved into the world Digital Marketing and Publishing. Drawing on his past experiences, Nathan brings all aspects of his knowledge into Recruitment Buzz, possessing great research and social media skills.

Born and bred in Wales, Nathan is as Welsh as they come – living in the heart of the Valleys, Nathan proudly takes place as our resident Welsh speaker. However, Nathan’s knowledge of global understanding exceeds the Welsh borders, having lived in London, parts of the US and Ecuador.

Nathan is a self-proclaimed geek, having gained a degree in Natural Science via the Open University in Wales. In addition to his passion for science, he has a love for technology, nature, art and of course football!


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