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RESEARCH REVEALS! The 8 most common challenges facing UK In-house recruiters
- Nov 22, 2017

The 8 Most Common Challenges Facing UK In-House Recruiters By Mark Stephens

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!


Here are the 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 budget

8. Attrition levels too high / People leaving in the first year of employment.


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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.


Expert Tactics for improving your Talent Attraction:

– Insights into where to source the best applicants from

– How to take advantage of free advertising channels and aggregation services

– How to use social media more effectively when sourcing


How to generate better results from your online advertising:

– How to write content that inspires candidates to apply

– Examples of great adverts that work

– How to use keyword density and optimisation to enhance your job advert

– How to ensure you create a job advert and not a job spec


Research that will change the way that you recruit online:

– Key reasons why job adverts don’t get found by candidates

– Why candidates don’t hit the apply button

– Why candidates lose interest during the recruitment process


Insights to Online Recruiting Technology for HR:

– Tools and services that will actually help you get better value for money from your advertising budget

– How technology can dramatically reduce wasted time in the recruitment process

-How different technologies can work together to create best in class solution


Join Mark Stephens and Tony Restell for this insightful series of non-advertorial webinars on some of the industry’s hottest topics.

Connect with Mark Stephens on LinkedIn. 


Smart Recruit Online offers a low cost multi-award winning online recruitment service with a 98% independent customer satisfaction rating and the highest direct-hire fill rate in the UK.

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Mark Stephens

Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last ten years, he has been researching the HR & Recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. A previous winner of the prestigious Chambers – Innovation in Business award, Mark is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder of Smart Recruit Online Ltd, CareersPage Ltd, The HR Resource Library and Corporate Wellness & Mental Health UK Ltd. His company, Smart Recruit Online, has been the winner of 7 national and international awards in the last 18 months for recruitment innovation. Mark has dedicated his time since 2007 researching the online HR & Recruitment sector from a user, technology, and candidate behaviour perspective, and is regularly published and quoted by leading industry publications for his research and personal opinions.

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