Employers urged to broaden search horizons

UK EMPLOYERS who feel held back by a lack of great candidates are being urged to expand their search to include service leavers.

A recent report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation found that around half of the UK employers surveyed were worried about finding enough candidates for permanent positions.

Businesses recruiting temporary workers also shared this growing concern with 66 per cent of employers worried about the availability of candidates, up from 32 per cent in the same period last year.

SaluteMyJob managing director, Brig (Retd) Andrew Jackson, said companies could broaden their search horizons to take advantage of the growing pool of ex-Forces talent.

“More than 15,000 men and women leave the Armed Forces every year, many with years of specialist training under their belts, and almost all with a strong work ethic, excellent problem-solving skills and a deep sense of integrity and loyalty.

“SaluteMyJob helps ex-forces jobseekers translate their acquired military knowledge, skills and experience into the language of commercial employers. Crucially, we also help them provide evidence of those skills and therefore compete strongly for jobs.

“SaluteMyJob’s vision is to join the dots between the hundreds of employers offering thousands of jobs to the thousands of ex-military people needing help to find the right job in the right organisation.”

The confederation’s director of policy Tom Hadley said: “It is great to see that employers are feeling more confident in making hiring decisions within their businesses but there is a growing concern with the lack of candidates available for key roles and this is one of the biggest challenges facing the UK jobs market”.

 “With skills needs and candidate expectations continuing to evolve, employers are having to innovate to attract the right people, particularly when competition between businesses for candidates is intensifying. We want the UK jobs market to remain a success story, but we must act now to address looming challenges that will impact on both demand and supply of staff.”