Month: September 2021

Are sign-on bonuses for new employees here to stay

By Peter Morrow   September 6, 2021  

Sign-on bonuses may be a short-term evil worth using to fill vacant positions, but they could be here well into 2022. According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, there are over 1.5 million vacant positions in the UK. But employers are struggling to fill them, leading to staff shortages across the UK.

The reasons for this are many. Many employees are reluctant to re-enter the jobs market, especially in face-to-face industries, even as we look to a post-pandemic future. Those that have found work during the pandemic are also understandably reluctant to take a chance on a job change, mainly if their current working situation is stable and secure and they’ve found a comfortable remote working setup.
Impact of a smaller candidate pool in 2021
Brexit has also impacted available staff, with many European workers returning home to their native countries, which has, in turn, disrupted the supply chain, as customs and staff shortages combine for a perfect storm.

Covid has also impacted the candidate pool with some reluctant to return to the workplace. Those suffering long covid are putting health before work, while a large proportion have found an improved work life balance while working from home. Lastly there are those that despite vaccinations, with underlying health conditions that were managable before 2020, cannot take the risk of being amongst others.
Sign-on bonuses
In this context, many employers are turning to lucrative offers to attract employees, particularly through the means of sign-on bonuses. Tesco offers £1000 to HGV drivers, whilst Amazon also provides the same amount for new workers. Some employers are offering as much as £10,000 for incoming employees.

As a way of attracting employees, a ‘golden hello’ is a tried-and-tested method, but of course, there are broader fears about how sustainable this is in the long term. For job seekers who are set on a remote or from-home working, in industries that don’t require face-to-face contact, sign-on bonuses won’t do much. And whilst these shortages are likely to last until 2022, they will likely subside eventually.

Sign-on bonuses might attract more candidates, but they won’t necessarily attract better candidates. Finding better candidates ultimately falls on the recruiter to dig deep into their personal skills to source the right talent. Accurate job descriptions, using appropriate keywords that are both SEO-ready and industry-focused, are a vital driver. So is clarity and transparency around salary, benefits and those very same sign-on bonuses (promising a sign-on reward only to reveal later it’s riddled with conditionals and exceptions is a surefire route to early disappointment). The phrase ‘competitive salary’ is also a turn-off for candidates — because competitive for you might not be competitive for them!

Improving your swiftness of hire is also a great way of proving to clients that they can rely on you in a pinch, but so is utilising your pool of ‘passive’ candidates. You may have a collection of CVs and candidates who aren’t currently active within your database — but would certainly be interested in hearing about the right offer.

Skills gaps and large-scale vacancies may be a headache for businesses and recruiters — but for those willing to take a chance, they’re also a great opportunity. Reverse Delta and our bespoke recruitment website platform FXRecruiter are on hand to help you grow. Call us on 08000 199737 or click here.

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Online security SSL certificate

By Andy Ralph   September 6, 2021  

The primary way most websites do this is through their SSL Certificates. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) allows you to authenticate a website’s identity and create an encrypted connection between the site and the user. The certificate signifies the fact that the website is safe and trustworthy. Secure use of SSL on the website is shown by the familiar padlock icon in the browser bar and the domain name starting with https://. Something your users will have come to expect.

A great recruitment website isn’t just about the things your users can see: the amazing content, the brilliant user experience or the ease of applying to jobs. It’s also about the things that your users don’t see. The SEO algorithms that help you land exactly where you want on the site. The speed of page loading. And the security processes that make sure your visitors are safe from cyberattacks and data breaches.

In effect, this encryption prevents hackers from attempting to read the data transmitted as it’s being sent between two connections (usually the domain host — you — and the user). This data must be kept secure for a recruitment website, where you might expect to deal with such sensitive information as a candidate’s personal details — or sometimes — a client’s. An SSL certificate is essential for any website that requires login details and personal information.

SSL certificates then are a way of ensuring that your user data remains secure — it goes without saying that if users don’t feel they can trust a recruiter with their personal data, then that recruiter will struggle to grow their standing. After all, so much of recruitment is about the personal touch and conveying information effectively and securely.
The risks of not having an SSL certificate:

You are more open to a data breach — and with it, a loss of trust from your customer base, hefty fines, or a site outage
sites without SSL certificates also rank lower when it comes to SEO 
search engines rightly see such safety as an important measure.

There are, however, many different types of certificates, providing different protections, with various requirements for each, whether that’s a domain-validated SSL or an Extended Validated SSL. Who knows, maybe a Wildcard SSL certificate is what you need?
Is your head spinning from all this tech jargon?
Well, that’s where FXRecruiter comes in. We include SSL Certificates as part of our packages. Meaning you won’t have to worry about it. Our brilliant developers will simply handle that for you. You can rest easy knowing that your client and candidate data is secure.

FXRecruiter can help grow your recruitment business in many ways, but wherever you take your business, excellent security infrastructure is always going to be vital. We have packages to suit all budgets and drive your competitive advantage forward. Simply call us on 08000 199737 or click here.
More:
We’ve talked about this for a few years now. These days SSL has moved from ‘nice to have, to ‘pretty much essential’ https://reversedelta.com/2017/01/16/site-use-https/