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9 Industry-Rocking Recruitment News Stories this Week - 14th March 2016

In recruitment news this week:

Recruiters Warn Female Candidates of Pay Gap Disparity

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Female candidates are likely to earn up to £300,000 less than men over the duration of their working lives, according to a recent study by recruitment firm Robert Half.

It revealed that there was a gender pay gap of £5,732, or 24%, in average full-time annual salaries between the genders. According to the recruitment agency, over a career of 52 years that translates into a lifetime wage shortfall of £298,064 for female employees, compared to male. Robert Half also found that male job seekers can expect a faster salary growth. They can expect a salary growth at 1.6% compared to just 1.4% for women.

Katy Tanner is a Director at Robert Half UK. She explained in an interview with the Guardian what these figures mean for the looming UK skills shortage. “As in-demand candidates continue to be in the driver’s seat, employers need to offer competitive remuneration and benefits packages above industry averages,” she said. “International Women’s Day provides a platform to highlight the importance for rewarding all employees fairly on the basis of their contribution to the organisation, rather than their gender or indeed any other point of difference.”

(RELATED: Recruitment and the Gender Pay Gap)

REC Warns ‘Serious Threats are Looming’ Over UK Recruitment

Growing skills shortages and rising starting salaries are just 2 of the findings in the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) and Markit’s latest report on jobs. The report reveals that permanent placements and the growth of salaries for permanent placements were at a 3 month high in February. In the same month, the level of available jobs grew by its fastest rate in 6 months.

However, the REC warns that “serious threats are looming” for the recruitment sector as availability for both permanent and temporary workers continued to decline in February.

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Chief Executive at the REC, Kevin Green, says: “The UK labour market is at a critical juncture. Permanent hiring improved last month, demand for staff remains strong, and pay is going in the right direction – but serious threats are looming just around the corner. Next week the Chancellor will announce his plans for the coming financial year, at a time when recruiters across the country are reporting serious skills shortages alongside buoyant jobs growth. Now is not the time to put up additional hurdles that could throw the jobs-rich recovery off course.

“The introduction of the National Living Wage on April 1st, closely followed by tax changes on April 6th, will disrupt hiring strategies for many businesses. Employers will seek to offset rising wage bills, for example by scaling back recruitment and increasing automation. This could weaken future demand for staff.

“In June, the EU referendum carries a very real risk that business confidence will be curtailed and investment in hiring could falter. It’s vital that we have an informed debate about the impact the referendum might have on jobs, both in the short and long term. All parties must remember that UK employers need access to the global labour market in order to thrive.

“Global economic headwinds only add to the uncertainty around what the months ahead hold, and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation calls on the government to avoid further destabilising the UK jobs market in next week’s Budget.”

The Rise and Rise of “Employer Shaming”

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While social media has afforded us many invaluable opportunities when it comes to recruitment, it has also recently given rise to an alarming phenomenon recruitment expert, J.T. O’Donnell, is referring to as “employer shaming”.

Employer shaming is the term used for when employees air their grievances about their employer publicly, which can result in a huge PR disaster for that company. And according to O’Donnell, the “Uberization of recruitment” (as we like to call it) is only going to become more and more of an issue for employers as we move forward.

Why is this phenomenon becoming more and prevalent? Well, it has a lot to do with the rise in popularity of sites like TripAdvisor, Uber and Glassdoor – sites that give users the ability to publicly rate one another (i.e. driver and customer on Uber). Something which has given way to a whole new concept of mutual accountability. A concept that is slowly but very surely trickling down into the employment world.

As a result, we can start to expect more employees to feel it is their right to express their (dis)satisfaction with their employment arrangement. [Like this employee who had to deal with body shaming from her CEO.] Using social media platforms to gain attention and support for their points of view, employer shaming will be the natural step to vent frustrations.

As a result, O’Donnell is asking employers everywhere to start considering the following question: “What would happen if our ex-employees wrote their versions of what it’s like to work here online?”, followed up by “How many would write something that depicted us as a bad employer?” Her advice you can think of more than a few is to be proactive and get happy employees to share their stories online so you can at least have some positive employer PR to offset any potential employer shaming that comes up. Better still, consider offering employees wellness benefits designed to help work through their employment challenges so they don’t become haters e.g. offering private coaching where they can work with and confide in an unbiased outside representative of the company.

Make no mistake, employer shaming is very real and is happening more and more frequently. Be proactive and don’t let your company be next.

Adecco Acquires Penna in Shock £105m Deal

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Adecco, the multinational consulting company, has solidified its reign as the world’s largest recruitment firm through the purchase of Penna.

Alain Dehaze, Chief Executive of Adecco, explained what the £105million merger meant for the future of both businesses, during an interview with the Financial Times: “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Penna. Adecco and Penna have a long history of working together and Penna represents an excellent strategic fit for Adecco in UK HR services, expanding the breadth and depth of services Adecco is able to offer to its clients. The acquisition of Penna also offers meaningful synergy potential for Adecco in the UK.”

Xero Launches Brilliant New Recruitment Video

We see A LOT of really terrible recruitment videos here at Social Talent, which is why we’re always very quick to promote any excellent ones that come our way. This week, XERO, a New Zealand-based software company that develops cloud-based accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses, launched their own recruitment video and it’s quite simply perfect. Why is it perfect? Watch it and see for yourself:

(RELATED: How to: Produce a Kick-Ass Recruitment Video for FREE in Under 60 Minutes)

US Economy Shows Continuing Strength As Employers Add 242,000 Jobs In February

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The US added 242,000 new non-farm jobs last month, a number besting some of the more optimistic of expectations and suggesting an economic resilience in the face of slowdowns in Asia and elsewhere.

The report from the US Labour Department’s Bureau of Labour Statistics showed private employers created 245,000 new jobs, an increase offset by continuing contraction in the petroleum and manufacturing sectors. Overall, the 242,000 net jobs increase was about 50,000 more than the average of forecasts by labour economists.

In addition to strong February numbers, the government adjusted up its previous reports for both December and January, adding 30,000 jobs to the two month total. The revision pushed the initially anaemic January count of 151,000 to 172,000.

In addition to the job growth, the Labour Department said unemployment held steady in February at 4.9% – it’s the lowest level in 8 years. The labour force participation rate, which has been declining for years, saw a bit of an uptick in the last few months. In February, the ratio of workers to the population was 62.9%. In January it was 62.7%. That slight increase translates to more than 500,000 more workers.

February’s job growth was spread throughout the services sector. The largest increases, according to the report, were:

Retail +54,900, lead by hiring for food and beverage stores (+15,100), clothing stores (+11,100).
Healthcare +38,100, with some of the biggest growth coming in hiring for medical offices, outpatient centers and hospitals.
Bars and restaurants +40,200
Educational services (not public schools) +28,200
Professional and technical services +17,600. The sector includes services such as engineering, computer systems design, bookkeeping.
Information +12,000 with 7,000 new jobs coming the motion picture and recording industries.

Staff Finder Bags €20M from One Peak and Goldman Sachs

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Staff Finder, the European on-demand marketplace for temporary staffing, has closed a funding round led by One Peak Partners and Goldman Sachs Private Capital. Terms of the investment aren’t being disclosed however, sources tell that the round is in the region of €20 million.

The Zurich, Switzerland-based company says the new capital — its first institutional investment since being founded in 2011 — will be used for international expansion, which believe will amount to a full launch in the UK, where Staff Finder has been operating in stealth and is currently recruiting and the expansion of its product team in London.

Staff Finder’s ‘on-demand’ platform helps businesses find temporary workers to cover immediate hourly or daily staffing needs. It claims that 98% of all job requests are filled within 4 hours from creation, thereby enabling businesses to respond to staff shortages and peak demand.

“Workers love the flexibility and additional income they can generate through the platform,” says Staff Finder in a press release announcing the investment. The company targets the hospitality, events & promotion, retail, logistics, business services and office sectors.

“This is a significant milestone in Staff Finder’s history and the beginning of an exciting new era for the company,” adds Viktor Calabrò, founder and CEO, in a statement. “We envisage becoming the first truly global on-demand staffing marketplace, providing businesses in major cities around the world with a technology solution that fits their needs. Today, we already work with more than 5,000 customers and are scaling rapidly with the support and operational guidance of our investors.”

Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović Becomes a Recruiter to Highlights 3 Candidate Mistakes

Zlatan Ibrahimović, the Captain of the Paris Saint-Germain football team, has shocked a candidate interviewing for a role at the beverage company Ibrahimović is an ambassador of, by taking on the role of a recruiter in a cringe-worthy job interview video.

The famous footballer didn’t just make the applicant anxious with his questions- he also managed to highlight 3 common candidate mistakes that recruiters hate:

1. An inability to make small talk
The video shows the candidate shake Ibrahimović’s hand and going straight into the interview. A recent study from the Resurgo Trust revealed that recruiters judge interviewees on their ability to make small talk. Candidates who cannot chit-chat before the interview are less likely to be successful in their applications.

2. Failing to do their research
When asked what his favourite flavour of the drink is, the candidate reveals he likes the peach flavour but can’t remember what the name of the flavour is. A recent survey from Barclays Lifeskills revealed that failing to do their research is one of the most common mistakes job seekers make.

3. Using clichéd buzzwords
When asked “Tell me, why should you be on my team?”, the candidate responds “Because I am a team player”. A recent survey from PurpleCV revealed the 8 most overused buzzwords candidates use. “Team player” was the third most common cliché recruiters are tired of hearing.

But despite his mistakes, the video ends with Ibrahimović saying: “Philip, I’ll do my best to help you get the job. Good luck!”

Scorned Candidate Pens Ingenious Eminem Inspired Letter to Employer

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As a hip-hop fan, this final news story warms my heart! A job seeker has penned an EPIC letter to a potential employer, based on the lyrics of Eminem’s hit Stan.

In the original song, Eminem chronicles the desperate musings of Stan, a super-fan obsessed with the rapper, who writes him a series of letters which become increasingly aggressive the longer they remain unanswered by the artist. In his letter, Irish job seeker Lewis Kenny, who lists himself as a part-time poet on his Facebook profile, re-wrote the lyrics, chronicling his journey of applying, re-applying and eventually being rejected and boarding a plane to Australia in desperation.

Kenny modernised the lyrics, with references which both job seeker and recruiter can relate to. This is what he wrote:


Dear Employers, I wrote you but still ain’t callin’
I left my address, my email, and my phone number at the bottom
I sent two CVs back in autumn, you must not-a got ’em
There probably was a problem with my Gmail or somethin’
Sometimes I misspell email addresses when I type ’em
But anyways, fuck it, what’s been up man, are you hiring?
My girlfriend’s pregnant too, I’m bout to be a father
If I have a daughter, guess what I’m a call her?
I’m a name her Jobbie
I wrote that I like knitting and crafting as a hobby too I’m sorry
I just thought it made me look like the kinda guy who knew how to make coffee
I know you probably hear this everyday, but I’m your biggest fan
I even got my HACCP & manual handling certs I did with SafeHands
I got a CV full of experience and references man
I even write detailed cover letters, explaining my future career plan
Anyways, I hope you get this man, I’m not annoyed,
Please don’t avoid, truly yours, your biggest fan
that’s unemployed.

Dear Employers, you still ain’t called or wrote, I hope you have a chance
I ain’t mad, I just think it’s fucked up you don’t answer fans
If you didn’t wanna hire me after that interview
You didn’t have to, but you coulda atleast
wished me success in whatever quest that I would pursue
That’s only common courtesy, something you expect to be told
Instead I waited by the phone for you,
For four days and you just said, “No.”
That’s pretty shitty man, you just left me fuckin’ idle
you didn’t even hire my mate, he wants to work for you more than I do
I ain’t that mad though, I just don’t like bein’ lied to
Remember when we met at the recruitment day, you said if I passed on my CV
you’d be in touch and would call back.
See I’m just like you in a way
I wish for you to choose the best application
But I’m tired of being told I haven’t been successful on this occasion.
Especially when I can relate to what you’re saying in your job description
I’m fully flexible with experience and I really think I’d be a good addition.
‘Cause I don’t really got shit else and a job would help sort out me head.
I’m unemployed so long when I wake I can’t even leave the fucking bed
Sometimes I even send multiple applications through
It’s like adrenaline, to see I get more responses on that than Indeed.
See everything you say is real, and I respect you cause you tell it
My girlfriend’s concerned ’cause I think about you 24/7
But she don’t know you like I know you Employer, no one does
She don’t know what it was like for people like us wanting to move up, you gotta call me man
I’ll be the best employee you’ll ever lose
Sincerely yours, Lewis, P.S. Attached below is my CV too.

Dear Mister “I’m Too Good To Call Or Hire My Fans”
This will be the last CV I ever send your ass
It’s been six months and still no word, I don’t deserve it?
I know you got my last two CVs, I wrote the addresses on them perfect
So this is my cover letter I’m sending you, I hope you hear it
I’m in the department of social protection right now, applying for the dole
Hey Employer, I’m thinking about emigrating?
You dare me to fly?
You know the video by Dave Tynan, “I’m Just Saying”
About that guy who fucked off mourning the loss of a generation
Of the brightest minds, in a country plagued by austerity and reparations?
That’s kinda how this is, you could a rescued me from emigration
Now it’s too late, I’m on a long haul flight to Oz and I’m drowsy
And all I wanted was a lousy letter or a call
I hope you know I left a scathing 1-star comment on your Facebook review wall
I loved you employers, we coulda been together, think about it
You ruined it now, I hope you can’t sleep and you dream about it
And when you dream I hope you can’t sleep and you scream about it
I hope your conscience eats at you and you can’t breathe without me
See employer, shut up bitch! I’m tryin’ to type!
Hey employer, that’s the hostess asking me would I like
anything to eat from the menu, but I say no cuz I’m only hungry to work for you.
Well, gotta go, I’m almost in Sydney now
Oh shit, I forgot, how am I supposed to send this shit out?

Dear Lewis Thank you for your recent application
We regret to inform you that you have not been successful on this occasion.
You did well, however, we are looking for an employee who has a long term career plan with us
We appreciate your interest and the time you took to meet us.
And we liked that you dressed formal the time when you came to greet us.
But what’s this shit you said about wishing the best in whatever quest that you pursue?
We say that shit just joking dog, come on, how naive is you?
You got potential Lewis, and we’ll keep you on file for any future opportunities
and will inform you if anything suitable that comes up shortly.
And what’s this shit about one of your references being your brother?
That type of shit’s unprofessional will make us not want us to meet each other.
I really think you and a job need each other
but unfortunately with more experience and skill sets we found another.
I hope you get to read this email, I just hope it reaches you in time
Before you up and leave, I think that you’ll be doin’ just fine
If you relax a little, be patient and give it time but Lewis
Why are you so mad? Try to understand, that we do want you as an employee
It just that we also want someone capable of being the best they can be
I seen this one shit on the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick
Some dude had enough of it and flew over to Oz
And got a job, and moved up through the ranks so fast
he started his own business and unemployment was of the past
Now he’s on Forbes, Time and National Geo too
Come to think about, his name was, it was you


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