UK job hunters not prepared to settle for less, finds survey

Over three quarters of UK workers (79.2%) claim they are not willing to settle for less when hunting for a job, with 18.2% saying a low advertised salary would put them off applying for a role new research has found.

A survey, conducted by CV-Library, found that 20% of the 1,000 respondents would be out off by unclear job descriptions. Furthermore, one in ten said knowing that a lengthy recruitment process was involved would also deter them from applying.

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Other turn off included poor communication (7.8%) a bad business reputation (9.5%), a high staff turnover (7.1%) and poor management (6.1%).

Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, said in a release: “Getting the recruitment process right is highly important and this involves finessing every part of that journey. Listening to what candidates want is the only way to stay ahead.

“The good news is that some organisations are recognising that they must adapt to workers’ needs. Just recently KPMG revealed that they had shortened their recruitment process to accommodate future working generations, which was extremely positive to see.”

He added: “Having a lengthy recruitment process is becoming less and less acceptable and often means brands miss out on the best talent because they have already been snapped up by their savvier competitors. Keeping up to date with recruitment trends and changes is extremely important for businesses of all sizes.”

“Social media is a great branding tool for showing off what it’s like to work in your company, but can also be a platform for individuals to speak negatively about their experiences. Avoiding this by ensuring you have a strong, positive, employer brand, which is reflected throughout the recruitment process, is vital if you want to stay ahead in the hiring game.”

Kayleigh Bateman
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Kayleigh Bateman is the head of digital content and business development at WeAreTheCity. As a journalist there she covers stories about women in IT and looks after its women in technology community. She was previously the special projects editor for Computer Weekly and editor of CW Europe. Kayleigh attended the University of Hertfordshire, where she studied for her BA in English literature, journalism and media cultures. You can contact her at [email protected]

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