April 15, 2024

4 Potential Solutions to Wales’ Ongoing Recruitment Crisis

Wales’ recruitment crisis is worsening. More businesses are struggling to hire employees as time passes. A survey by the BCC revealed that out of 5,600 firms, 82% experienced recruitment difficulties during 2022’s Q4—a significant increase from Q3’s 76%. Some factors influencing this crisis include applicant skills shortages, increasing employee expectations from companies, and an ageing workforce.

If businesses continue struggling with recruitment amid the current state of the economy, they risk their operations and services slowing down. Fortunately, there are some potential solutions to this ongoing recruitment crisis. Here are a few that Welsh businesses should consider.

Implementing apprenticeship programmes

Skills shortages are a major contributor to the ongoing recruitment crisis. Businesses are very reluctant to hire unskilled workers as they’re unlikely to complete tasks successfully, hindering operations and other employees. Implementing an apprenticeship programme can help businesses upskill workers on the job.

The apprenticeship programme by the Welsh Government is a great example. It enables school-leavers and those undergoing career transitions to train and study in a job they choose while earning a wage. This effectively allows companies to hire them after they’re trained. By partnering with the government-provided programme or implementing their own, Welsh businesses can better attract and train interested employees amid the recruitment crisis.

Joining job expos

Despite the ongoing recruitment crisis, some people are still actively job-hunting. These individuals often only apply to businesses they know have open positions and apprenticeship programmes. Companies must promote themselves to potential employees if they want to tap into this talent pool. Joining job expos is an effective way to achieve this, as many job seekers attend these career events for employment and networking opportunities.

The Conwy Careers Fair arranged by Welsh employers is happening later this month at the Eirias Events Centre for 16 to 24-year-olds looking for career opportunities. The fair encourages businesses to attend the free career exhibition to interact with potential applicants. Companies can consider participating in expos like this fair—not only to promote their job openings but also to discover promising applicants that they otherwise would not have found by other means.


Try recruitment solutions

Recruitment solutions can provide businesses with the expertise needed to recruit the talent they need. Some examples include internal hiring and employee referral services. It is best to outsource these recruitment solutions: doing so allows businesses to hire experienced professionals, implement effective strategies, and ultimately achieve the best recruitment outcomes.

When choosing a firm or provider, businesses should select one that meets all their needs. The recruitment solutions by LHH demonstrate how the best firms offer a versatile range of services ranging from permanent placements, where recruitment agencies find candidates and place them directly with a business, to professional staffing solutions, which involve an agency supplying a company with temporary yet highly-qualified employees for a project. By looking for solutions providers that offer such services, businesses can benefit from the short- or long-term recruitment strategy that best fits their needs.


Offering attractive employee benefits

Employees now have higher expectations from businesses, largely due to the Great Resignation. Today, employees prioritise their health and overall well-being, pushing them to only apply to companies that provide above-average benefits.
To adjust to these new demands, a recruitment article by Elite Business Magazine recommends that businesses offer flexible working hours, extra time off for rest and personal matters, and well-being benefits, like access to counselling. Aside from attracting more applicants, updated benefits can improve employee productivity by prioritising well-being over output—making this strategy a more than worthy investment.

The recruitment crisis is showing no signs of slowing down. Welsh businesses can continue hiring employees with the potential solutions discussed above.