The latest figures from online jobs search site Adzuna suggests that the number of job vacancies is now exceeding applicants. Advertised vacancies increased by 3.5% from January to reach 1.23 million last month. With the added uncertainty over Brexit, a candidate shortfall seems inevitable. To avoid a skills shortage in your business, your hiring process must be streamlined and responsive but for many candidates that isn’t their experience.
The current state of the gig economy in the UK does not place it in a positive light.. A new report from the CIPD found that only 4% of working people between 18-70 are employed in the gig economy, primarily as a way to top-up their current earnings. But despite the recent negative headlines, the gig economy can offer a viable talent source for companies rather than be perceived as a way to avoid employment costs.
As my main source of income comes from the gig economy this report was of personal interest to me. Where did it all go ‘wrong’?
With 18 years of experience in in recruitment, Kate Smedley offers a range of copywriting and talent solutions for employers..