COVID-19 and the Impact on Recruiting

It's no surprise that COVID-19 continues to impact recruitment and employment. But there has never been a better time to hire...

At Flat Fee Recruiter, we are speaking to increasing numbers of customers who are taking advantage of this time to reassess their business, process, resource, hiring strategies, and funding with the focus on growth and efficiencies.

If you can recruit or looking to hire, then the recruitment market has never been so good.  Candidate numbers are up, skilled staff are disgruntled, competition for getting your vacancies seen are at an all-time low and suppliers are keen to help and negotiate deals.  Including Flat Fee Recruiter!

As many organisations are getting on the hiring bandwagon and kickstarting their return to work or growth strategies, we urge you not to miss out.  You can access more info about the Government's Plan for Jobs 2020 which has the latest incentives from the Summer Statement 2020

To also help you keep abreast of the changes, we will update this page with the latest highlights from several reliable sources when the information is available.   We hope that this will help you make the best decisions on when and how you take advantage of this unique hiring market.  Here are the key highlights:


1. KPMG and REC, UK report on jobs (Reporting on June / Updated 8th July 2020)

• Permanent placements and temporary billings signalled a softer decline in hiring activity since April and May.  However, rates of contraction remain sharp.

• Overall candidate availability has increased at the quickest rate since January 2009

• Starting salaries have also fallen further, although not as sharp as May.

2. Office of National Statistics:

• Latest data from ONS shows an accelerated reduction in overall UK job vacancies.  Overall vacancies fell 43.5% year on year in the three months to May, this marks the largest quarterly decrease in vacancies since the series began in 2001

• The ONS are currently working on improving the best and most timely estimates that COVID 19 has had on the labour market and are now working with HMRC to produce estimates of employees being paid through PAYE scheme.  You can read more about how they are using datasets to give us up to date information here

• Check out the new individual market sector, monthly tracker ONS have created.  They also have up to date information about employment and the labour market here.


3. REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation)

• The employer survey JobsOutlook conducted 4-14th May by the REC, indicates that the worst may be behind us, as employers are beginning to feel a bit more confident about hiring new staff in the coming months.

 ONS Business Confidence

4. Flat Fee Recruiter reports:

• March-May 2020 average application rate increase by 25%

• Reduction in all vacancies by sector, except nursing medical and care which saw a 60% rise

• June saw the impact of COVID-19 is influencing job search negatively for 65% of survey respondents



Things to bear in mind…

The working world we knew before COVID-19 has certainly changed and will continue to develop as the economy recovers.   Technology, homeworking, and recruitment processes are just a few of the new and more efficient elements HR Managers and Business Owners are currently reviewing.  

Speaking of recruitment processes, now is an excellent time to review your budgets and strategy.  Flat Fee Recruiter, is experiencing a rise in new customers who no longer want to use recruitment agencies.  This is hardly surprising, especially as the demand for talent is at an all-time low and candidate numbers are high, why would you want to spend thousands of pounds on recruitment agency fees when you can get the same results with online job advertising yourself?

Please give us a call on 0113 322 7243 to discuss a solution that enables you to attract the widest reach of candidates to your company via all the main online job sources, and supports all your admin, screening and shortlisting of the best candidates, for a one-off, very low flat fee. 

Be savvy and forget the agencies! 


Last updated 8th July 2020