How to Attract & Retain the best talent for your SME
The employment sector has changed dramatically over the years with many different forces influencing the supply and demand for talent. Society is highly multifaceted and volatile while factors such as demography, democracy and discernment are shifting the supply and demand of talent:
Demography: Although the global population exceeds 7 billion, the availability of skilled workers is actually shrinking, and not just in advanced-ageing countries such as the UK.
Democracy: Technology such as social media has made employer reputations very transparent – nothing is concealed or unknown anymore.
Discernment: People are becoming far more selective about their place of employment with factors such as diversity, inclusion and corporate responsibility mattering more than ever.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to switch jobs with greater frequency than ever before, with job hopping being particularly common amongst millennials. According to a study by Career Builder, employers expect 45% of their newly hired college graduates to remain with the company for less than two years.
However, the impact of employee turnover on a business can be very negative indeed, including a loss of experienced employees, an impact on productivity and an impact on profits. Further, employee turnover is expensive as you have to take into account the cost of hiring, onboarding, training, learning and development, as well as the costs involved in maintaining an unfilled role and rehiring for that role. Yet despite the fact that most companies know their long-term advantage resides in their employees, most don’t put enough critical thought into how to increase employee retention.
Some of the most common reasons why people leave a job include lack of career progression (24%); desire to be closer to home (21%); desire to change fields completely (20.4%); a better salary offer (18.2%) and having learnt all they could from the job (16.3%.)
In order to attract and retain top talent and grow their ideal teams for the future, it’s vital that SMEs implement effective talent strategies. This can be achieved by:
Identifying critical roles
Understanding your target talent
Assessing the strength of your current employment package
Sustaining and developing your employer brand
Meticulously interviewing candidates to ensure they possess the right skills whilst matching the culture and environment of your company
In addition, your SME should focus on:
Younger generations, in particular, crave growth within the workforce and are more easily able to prioritise elements such as personal growth and career opportunity over income and job security.
People want to know that what they’re working on is contributing to something that matters, which is why it’s important to have a clear and purposeful mission.
Finally, it’s essential to create a workplace that genuinely cares about others’ best interests. This sort of workplace environment will work wonders in cultivating a hardworking, dedicated and empowered workforce.
With the employment environment evolving and developing on a daily basis, it’s essential for SME businesses to be strategic when it comes to employee retention and remaining competitive.
AP Personnel equips you with the tools and resources your business needs to create a culture worth working for, saving you money, helping you stay competitive in your industry and making the working environment more enjoyable. Contact AP Personnel today to speak with one of our expert consultants.
Employment Opportunities Plentiful for Job Seekers in Jersey
The past year has seen significant employment growth and recovery in Jersey following Brexit negotiations creating a safe haven for UK investors and businesses. The island’s job market has bolstered and there are now countless employment opportunities in all of the major sectors, including commercial, finance and banking.
In particular, there has been notable growth in junior to mid-level roles in the wealth management arena, with many available vacancies to fill, with great demand for high-quality, skilled candidates. Businesses are extremely welcoming of entry-level candidates while there are plenty of opportunities for more experienced job seekers in sectors such as accounting, audit and tax, banking, consultancy, corporate finance, financial advisory and insurance, offering steady growth along with excellent benefits to young employees. As such, if you are about to finish school or graduate, now is a certainly a good time to consider your employment opportunities here in Jersey.
The ideal starting point for your career
Jersey has long been regarded as a leading international finance centre with a robust regulatory framework and high fiscal standards, particularly when it comes to transparency. The substantial and diverse banking sector – the largest employer on the island – remains a key contributor of economic value, while its financial industry continues to evolve, adapt and strengthen. Further, Jersey’s government agencies remain involved with reforms and innovations, piloting emerging technologies including blockchain and software robotics.
Many international companies are situated here, largely as a result of Brexit, while the island is seen as a safe haven with its own laws and citizens of the commonwealth. All of this demonstrates the strength and appeal of Jersey as a place that offers a competitive, adaptable employment environment that is ideal for those about to begin their professional careers.
While demand for graduates is high, businesses remain on the lookout for high calibre, appropriately skilled and passionate individuals to help strengthen their businesses and continue to build on their successes. As such, young job seekers must be as prepared as possible for the job market as they make the transition from student to employee.
And although factors such as good grades and hard skills are important, businesses are also seeking candidates who possess soft skills such as honesty, flexibility, problem-solving, decisiveness, positive attitude and an ability to work under pressure – all of which are highly desired and valued by organisations. Candidates must also demonstrate their technical competency within the rapidly evolving world of business, while knowledge of their preferred sector must be second-to-none. It’s also vital to be as prepared as possible prior to the interview by carrying out in-depth research about the role you are interviewing for, the company and your chosen area of specialisation.
Broadening your options when it comes to employment
If you are seeking an alternative to additional studies or would like to kick-start your career upon completing school, college or university, there are a number of local training and employment schemes on offer, including the opportunity to pursue professional qualifications, training courses and apprenticeship programmes in your chosen field.
This provides a more practical, hands-on approach to learning designed to equip you with the skills needed to succeed in your chosen field while giving you a taste of your chosen industry. Many leading companies in the financial services sector support junior staff with their professional qualifications, usually by sponsorship and bursaries, all of which presents a fantastic starting point for a career in this industry.
Gaining the right support
As a young job seeker, the prospect of finding employment might seem overwhelming. For this reason, it’s recommended to call upon the services of a professional recruitment agency such as AP Personnel, who are ideally situated and highly experienced to support candidates throughout the recruitment process.
AP Personnel is a highly reputable international recruitment agency offering uniquely tailored services in all areas related to job seeking. Regarded as a market leader in Jersey with a strong presence on the island since 1998, the team of specialist consultants plays a critical role for young job seekers, working carefully to connect the right individuals to the right opportunities.
They are committed to helping job seekers prepare for the world of work in a meticulous and conscientious manner, and remain on hand to guide candidates throughout every stage of the process. From career’s advice, market information and counselling to pre-interview preparation, CV writing tips and much more, AP Personnel’s dedicated consultants work closely with job seekers to refine their search for recruitment, maximise their career prospects and land their ideal role.
With the financial and commercial sectors continuing to grow at a steady rate, now has never been a better time to begin your professional career in Jersey. If you are a graduate or an experienced job seeker looking to accelerate your professional career in Jersey, contact AP Personnel on 715757, established in the island since 1998.
Original article published in Jersey Evening Post Careers Review on 23.07.2018
Opportunities for School Leavers and Graduates Better than Ever
Guernsey’s job market has shown great signs of recovery in the recent years with many employment opportunities across all the main sectors, including financial services, commercial, media and IT. The job market here has been boosted since 2017 by a flourishing finance sector plus many international companies opening mainly due to Brexit looming and Guernsey being seen as a safe haven with its own laws and citizenship of the Commonwealth. In 2017 alone, 15 new businesses relocated to Guernsey, creating many new job opportunities for islanders. For those looking to start their careers, it has never been a better time to find entry-level employment or apprenticeships in Guernsey.
Young Talent Highly Sought After
With a well-regulated industry and an adaptable, competitive employment environment, young talent is highly sought after and Guernsey remains extremely accommodating to junior-level job seekers. 2018 continues to demonstrate growth across most sectors and as such, there are many opportunities for graduates and many businesses are in great need of high-quality candidates to continue to help build on this success and growth.
For those seeking an alternative to studies or for those wishing to get into the industry after sitting GCSEs, A-levels or graduating, candidates have plenty of possibilities when it comes to their career options.
There are plenty of options to pursue professional qualifications and apprenticeships, which will ensure that individuals are equipped with the vital skills and experience needed to excel in their chosen field. Fortunately, most leading companies in the financial services support junior staff with their professional qualifications, usually by sponsoring them and providing them with bursaries, all of which makes an excellent starting point for a career in this industry.
If you’re seeking a finance career in Guernsey, contact AP Personnel. Our team of specialist recruitment consultants will guide and support you throughout the entire recruitment process by providing expert insights on further professional qualifications as well as offering interview guidance to maximise your career prospects and help you to land the job of your dreams.
If you are looking for a trainee job in the finance sector or simply want to discuss your career options, our consultants will be able to help. Speak to us today! For further details please contact us on 01481 715757 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Original article published in Guernsey Press Careers Review on 12.06.2018
With more than two decades of presence operating from offices in the region, Jersey’s leading recruitment agency, AP Personnel, provides insight into the latest recruitment trends that are currently influencing the region.
The last five years in Jersey have been particularly stagnant with regards to recruitment growth; however, the island is currently experiencing immense growth in both the finance and commercial sectors, with countless junior and entry-level positions on offer and an environment that is extremely welcoming of young, aspiring individuals.
Demand for Young Talent High
If you are a young job seeker it makes sense to consider a career in Jersey, as there is enormous potential to accelerate in your career here. As a leading offshore finance centre, Jersey has a diverse financial industry that is constantly developing and adapting to market changes.
School leavers and graduates situated in Jersey are presented with heightened opportunities to kick-start their careers in sectors such as accounting, audit and tax, banking, consultancy, corporate finance, financial advisory and insurance, even if they do not possess further academic qualifications or experience within their chosen sector.
Furthermore, there are numerous international companies situated here, many of which are increasingly looking beyond university qualifications when hiring employees, instead of searching for individuals who possess the skills needed to adapt to the technologically complex and rapidly evolving world of business.
Although this by no means undermines the value of a university degree or professional qualification, it certainly highlights a shift in recruitment trends and emphasises the importance of soft skills such as communication, responsibility, teamwork, decisiveness, problem-solving, a positive attitude and an ability to work under pressure. This also demonstrates that the region is now more welcoming than ever of school leavers and graduates – something which too few young job seekers are currently taking advantage of.
Financial and Commercial Centres Continue to Thrive
In recent times, Jersey has developed into a strong hub for both financial and commercial firms and the island has a competitive employment environment that young job seekers should certainly take advantage of. As more and more businesses continue to position themselves in the region, the financial and commercial sectors continue to grow at a steady rate, contributing significantly to Jersey’s favourable working environment. Provided the island is able to offer a consistently positive environment for young employees, the availability of attractive placements will continue to remain high.
All of this and more makes Jersey one of the most internationally buoyant locations for establishing your career in, while factors such as salary, career progression and study support are also excellent within companies that do employ young job seekers.
Many companies in Jersey are eager to hire young people, however, it is essential that young people are as equipped and prepared as possible before entering the world of work in the region. Further, if you are considering a career in Jersey, your foundations must be robust with excellent A-Level grades, particularly if you are seeking a career in finance, banking or insurance, which all require strong numerical and IT skills along with the ability to grasp complex matters.
In addition to gaining good grades, it is also vital to do plenty of research and know the different areas of specialisation within the finance sector. It is also advised to explore the different local training schemes available, as undertaking a training course will equip you with fundamental work skills, refine your knowledge of your chosen sector and prepare you academically and vocationally for your chosen career.
For any young job seeker, finding employment can seem overwhelming. One of the easiest ways to overcome the challenges presented and truly capitalise on Jersey’s thriving industry is to appoint the services of a professional recruitment agency. With in-depth industry knowledge and the ability to successfully guide job seekers on their chosen career path, staffing agencies such as AP Personnel can assist young job seekers in countless ways.
AP Personnel has a strong presence on the island since 1998 and is suitably equipped to support young job seekers through the recruitment experience. For instance, we offer tailored career guidance and counselling to help school leavers evaluate their employment options and choose their preferred career. We also give job seekers expert advice on further professional training and qualifications needed to augment their chances of landing their ideal job, thus arming them with the tools and resources needed to shine in their interview and succeed in their vocation of choice.
With the guidance and support of a professional recruitment agency, school leavers and graduates seeking employment in Jersey’s flourishing finance and commercial sectors can more accurately navigate their way through the recruitment process, gain expert advice on further professional qualifications and training, maximise their career prospects and land the job of their dreams.
AP Personnel is one of Jersey’s leading recruitment agencies with a team of experienced advisors providing one-on-one support and guidance to job applicants from junior level and beyond. If you are a young job seeker hoping to advance your professional career in Jersey, contact our team today.
For further information contact us on +44 1534 715757 or email email@example.com.
Original article published in Jersey Evening Post Careers Review on 05.04.2018