Is recruitment dead?

With thousands of job losses being reported regularly in the media is recruitment dead for the foreseeable future? Are there sectors which are growing and looking for new and different skill sets? As an employer, if you are recruiting, how do you avoid being overloaded with spurious and inappropriate applications? We heard of one bar looking to recruit two new members of staff who would typically get approximately 20 applications received over 500.

One of the genuine challenges many businesses are faced with is the balancing act of generating enough work to bring their team back to work while servicing that business themselves. It has also been a time for us to reset and take stock which has resulted in some team members deciding not to return, thereby potentially creating the need to recruit.

Kirsty McKenzie, CEO of iMultiply, finance and executive recruitment specialists, and I discuss how you should approach the market to find and attract the right skills and experience. We discuss what trends, changes and challenges COVID has had on recruitment.


With guidance changing so frequently, we are doing our best to keep you up to date. The information provided in the recording above is our understanding at this point in time (11th August 2020), however, as more and different advice becomes available this position may change, and we will update accordingly. This is an evolving and unfolding situation, and we take the view that various measures may need to be applied for different sets of circumstances at an appropriate time. We as a team are available to discuss with you what measures are available to you.

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