Employers are moving away from traditional recruitment methods as more firms report a growing ‘skills gap’ within their graduate workforce.
A survey carried out by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) found that 44.8% of employers could not fill graduate roles in 2013/14, as applicants did not possess the right skills.
Graduate vacancies are at a decade high. But according to the AGR report, 60% of employers want to improve the quality of graduates recruited. The figures indicate that many graduates are not meeting the expectations of their new employers.
For some companies, internships have served as a testing ground for new graduates. However, business leaders are increasingly aware that unpaid placements are not viable for many graduates. Director of Business Recruitment Solutions at Skills Arena, Jan Joslin, has observed this changing attitude: ‘Businesses that want employees from a range of backgrounds know that internships don’t attract graduates who can’t afford low or no pay.’ Added to this, although the number of applications per post is rising, recruitment budgets haven’t increased, so HR managers are looking for recruitment methods that are both fair and cost effective.
It is this set of pressures that has seen skills and psychometric tests supplementing and replacing traditional methods …Read More
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