Recruiters have adapted their operations to respond to the fluid demand of the pandemic. Here’s what some our members have done to respond to a changing labour market:
In response, the REC has set out a number of asks for both government and business to help solve this crisis:
Set up a new cross-government and industry forum including BEIS, DfE and DWP.
Whilst we are pleased that government has set up a crossdepartmental group internally – to be effective, this group must include industry experts. This would restore the importance of workforce planning in the economic debate between business, government and other stakeholders
Allow flexibility in the points-based immigration system and a visa route for lowerskilled workers.
This would allow firms in the worst-affected sectors like logistics to access staff at times of pressing need.
Broaden the apprenticeship levy and increase funding for training at lower skill levels.
This would improve progression and transition opportunities for lower-skilled and temporary workers who need them most, and encourage business to do more here in the UK, not less.
Increase focus from businesses on workforce planning, staff engagement, attraction and retention policies.
Firms need to raise workforce planning up to the senior leadership level, and work with key professional partners like recruiters to boost performance, productivity and staff wellbeing.