• Barnett Waddingham
    Barnett Waddingham
  • HR decision-makers spend almost a month on recruitment process…

    HR directors in the UK spend an average of 27.59 days every year on hiring for open positions within their organisations, that’s according to new data from the recruitment specialists, Robert Half UK.

    Using the responses from 200 senior HR directors from a range of companies across the country, the consultancy has broken the recruitment process down into stages: revising job candidate CVs (4.77 days); interviewing candidates (4.75 days); and candidate skills testing (4.18 days).
    Table one: Average amount of time spent when hiring for an open position

    Recruitment step Average amount of time spent when hiring for an open position (days)
    Screening CVS of all job applicants 4.77
    Interviewing job applicants 4.75
    Checking references 5.19
    Candidate skills testing 4.18
    Collaborating / selecting the candidate for hire 4.40
    Negotiating / confirming a job offer with the candidate 4.30
    Total 27.59

    Source: Robert Half, 2016


    When it comes to the internal recruitment process, 49 per cent of directors claim that this has increased over the last three years; however, less than one in ten (8 per cent) said the duration had decreased. The challenge to find qualified candidates (59 per cent) is cited as the main reason for the increased time taken during the hiring process; followed by a rising number of CVs sent in per job opening (52 per cent) and the increase in expectation of the desired candidates (33 per cent).

    Table two: Reasons for the increased duration of the hiring process over the last three years

    Reasons for the increased duration of the hiring process compared to three years ago Percentage of HR Directors
    Finding qualified candidates has become more challenging 59 per cent
    Number of CVs per job opening has increased 52 per cent
    Expectations of the desired candidate have increased 33 per cent
    Number of interview rounds has increased 32 per cent
    More candidates have accepted other job offers 20 per cent
    More internal stakeholders are involved 15 per cent
    No internal agreement about the desired candidate 2 per cent

    Source: Robert Half, 2016


    Senior managing director at Robert Half UK, UAE and South America, Phil Sheridan said:While there is no denying the importance of finding the candidate with the right expertise and cultural fit, as the demand for highly skilled  professionals grows, taking too long to decide may see you miss out on your preferred candidate. To ensure a robust, streamlined recruitment process, it is essential that the job description and budget allocation are approved ahead of time.”

    More than half (54 per cent) of respondents admitted that they lost a qualified candidate to another opportunity because their in-house hiring process was ‘too lengthy’, partly due to receiving a high volume of unsuitable CVs for a particular positions.


    Jack Wynn

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