Recruitment, can't believe how hard it is!

(475 Posts)
Sunnydawn Wed 16-Nov-16 20:29:47

I read and hear so much about people wanting flexible working, and how so many people are stuck in dead end jobs, or on zero hours contracts.

But, I am involved in recruitment for two jobs right now, one a professional job in a lovely environment, as a part time job share. The other, a part time, flexible, admin job, again in a lovely office, with training and a good career if you want it.

And no decent applicants! No applicants for the first. Loads who have applied for the latter, but ecan't even attempt the basics forvan interview or trial (ie. turning up in time, dressing half smart, answer a phone).

Frankly, I despair. What are people doing? Where are they working/wanting to work?

These are different places, by the way, so it's not the particular environment.

SpeckledyBanana Wed 16-Nov-16 20:32:01

YANBU. Filling part time jobs is tricky IME.

Sunnydawn Wed 16-Nov-16 20:38:59

But so many people say they want the flexibility. Both would suit parents wanting to work short days, or two/three days a week. Or older people who need time to care for their parents etc.

I have been in this field for over 25 years, and have never had so much trouble recruiting.

YoullNeverWeeAlone Wed 16-Nov-16 20:40:19

Where are they? I'd love a new job!

Getting decent pt staff is a nightmare. Recruiting is a never ending cycle of being mucked about ime.

milkingmachine1 Wed 16-Nov-16 20:42:15

Yes, where are these fabulous jobs you speak of?!

LifeLong13 Wed 16-Nov-16 20:42:36

I'm looking too! Where are the positions! Also you have my sympathy. I used to recruit carers and it was a nightmare

DrDreReturns Wed 16-Nov-16 20:43:07

What industry / skills does the professional job require?
I work in IT and it was a real struggle to fill the last developer position we had - it took about 18 months to find someone.

HandbagCrab Wed 16-Nov-16 20:44:01

You could advertise on here!

RosieTheQueenOfCorona Wed 16-Nov-16 20:44:57

Where are they? Can I apply?!

topcat2014 Wed 16-Nov-16 20:45:06

What is the work and what is the pay?

You may think (and in fact be) you are something special as an employer - but if you pay below market rate you will not get a decent response.

Unemployment is at an 11 year low currently.

RandomMess Wed 16-Nov-16 20:45:31

Problem with part time hours is part time pay!

absolutelynotfabulous Wed 16-Nov-16 20:45:39

I'm freegrin.

MaccaPaccaismyNemesis Wed 16-Nov-16 20:45:48

I feel your pain. Trying to recruit for an agency and no one wants to work. Good wages, flexible and plenty of work. So frustrating!

Sunnydawn Wed 16-Nov-16 20:45:50

Is there a section on here? I've been a MNter for donkeys years, but never looked. Seriously might suggest it at work tomorrow!

Horispondle Wed 16-Nov-16 20:46:23

Where are you? what industry? I am a professional and have never seen a professional job advertised as part time (other than teaching).

HandbagCrab Wed 16-Nov-16 20:47:04

Mumsnet jobs is nearly always at the side of here -> smile

Eevee77 Wed 16-Nov-16 20:47:06

Where are these so called jobs grin

Fairyliz Wed 16-Nov-16 20:48:06

Come on tell us what the jobs are and where they are and I am sure wecan find someone on MN.

HumphreyCobblers Wed 16-Nov-16 20:50:39

Recruiting is a never ending cycle of being mucked about ime.

YY to this. It is so frustrating. We pay above the average wage for this area too.

SunnySomer Wed 16-Nov-16 20:50:54

The mumsnet jobs are never anywhere near me.... where are your jobs? I'm looking for one!

Sunnydawn Wed 16-Nov-16 20:51:35

I've found the Mumsnet job section!

Seriously, can't say where etc, as don't want to out myself, but I am going to have a word and see if we can advertise on here. Think we would get a decent standard of applicant!

Blueisnotforglue Wed 16-Nov-16 20:52:30

Is the part time under 16hrs? That's the most obvious problem

bookgirl1982 Wed 16-Nov-16 20:53:08

Pay is often and issue - season tickets don't help part time workers and so travel costs are higher as a % of salary.

YelloDraw Wed 16-Nov-16 20:53:14

Is the pay below market average for job + location?

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