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Are UK firms meeting changing candidate demands?

Over 30% of UK professionals state that their current employer is not meeting their expectations in the workplace, despite companies believing their perks, retention strategies and hiring process are in-line with what candidates want.

The latest research into UK candidate job demands, carried out in partnership by CV-Library and Robert Walters, highlights how many UK firms continue to lose out to competitors who offer what professionals want in a job offering.

With employment opportunities continuing to grow in the current UK market, we offer key tips and advice on how to cater your job offerings to ensure you attract top-tier candidates.  

The research aimed to help UK hiring managers better understand the needs of UK professionals and what they consider a priority during the job hunt. We surveyed nearly 2,500 candidates across multiple locations and sectors across the UK, the research offers insights into what motivates and drives UK professionals in their careers. 

Download the full research here. 


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Attracting talent through the hiring process

There has been a notable shift in candidate career priorities within the last 12 months. This is arguably a result of the ‘millennial impact,’ with an entirely new generation entering the workplace. As a result, candidates are placing more importance on the softer benefits related to their career.

The hiring process plays a key role in candidate decision-making and is often not prioritised by many UK hiring firms. Those involved in the hiring process need to be just as attentive and engaged as the candidates being interviewed. An overwhelming 76% of candidates believe the interview process should be no more than two stages, with 74% of respondents saying they would turn down a job offer if they experienced a ‘bad’ interview process.

Find out more about attracting the right talent through the right hiring process here

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How to meet UK candidate demands

Not understanding candidate demands can impact on growth by losing out to the competition who know how to attract top-tier candidates and retain staff by meeting their current career expectations. Meeting candidate demands is vital for employers looking to achieve growth and profit.

Robert Walters and CV Library have surveyed nearly 2,500 professionals across the UK to gain insight into what the top candidates demands are from a job offerings, what they expect from their current employers and how their expectations are being met, the impact of the recruitment process on the job decision and how UK firms need to adapt to the changing candidate demands in order to stay ahead of the competition. 

Find out more about understanding candidate priorities here


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Chris Hickey, CEO at Robert Walters

Chris Hickey

CEO – UK, Middle East and Africa

Robert Walters is one of the world's leading specialist professional recruitment consultancies and focuses on placing high calibre professionals into permanent, contract and temporary positions at all levels of seniority. 

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