Low unemployment rate

by | Sep 26, 2019 | News

Low-unemployment ratio. Is it more difficult to employ the best people for the job? How can people overcome the challenge of employment?


3.8%.   That’s the current unemployment rate in the UK.


It’s the lowest the rate has been for 45 years – mighty impressive, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.


For the employed of the country, it’s music to their ears; for the employers, a new problem is making itself heard.


With the potential talent pond at its smallest, there is a real struggle in finding the biggest fishes available.


A real life scenario:


The role is open.


You’ve created the job advert.


You have a clear vision of who you’re looking for.


Interviews start.


That person, simply does not come through the door.


The scenario is getting more and more and more common.


How can you break the mould?


It’s never going to be as easy as a click of the fingers – but it’s certainly possible.



Think ahead


Timing is everything.


By planning ahead for staff changes, and by posting job adverts early you put yourself well ahead of the game, maximising the time available to find the perfect employee.


It also means you can hold your ground.


You have more time to wait, so wait.


The more time you have, the more likely the perfect CV lands on your desk. So don’t wait until it gets to a critical point as this is when we see examples of ‘panic buying’. It’s more detrimental in cost and time to recruit the wrong person than it is to wait it out.



Add style to your substance


Perks. Incentives.


If you want the best, you need to be offering the best – if you’re not, how do you expect to compete for the staff you desire?


Do you offer private health care? A company car or laptop? Performance bonuses?


These are all fantastic benefits, but not everybody has the cashflow to offer such.


Don’t worry, there are alternatives; working from home, duvet days, a flexible schedule, free food/drinks, a compressed workweek.


All of these perks are low-cost, effective ways to make your advertised position feel like an exciting prospect, for an exciting candidate!



Mould people


Sadly, the stars don’t always align and the perfect employee won’t necessarily apply for your role, even if you’ve taken some relevant steps.


If you’ve no more time to wait, create!


There’s no rules that say you can’t improve an employee, and turn them into the person you were looking for.


Offering both in-house teaching from your own skillset, and further education elsewhere, you can easily transform a strong candidate, into the ideal employee.


You’ll help them grow just as successfully as your business!


Yes, the talent pool available is smaller than ever.


Yes, there are more challenges than ever in finding the employee you seek.


Yes, you CAN do something about it.


Educate talent, introduce attractive perks, plan your employment process in advance.


Once you have the employee in the business, then work at keeping them. We can focus on this in another blog on another day.


So if you’re experiencing a change within your business, are preparing to hire a new employee, or need to re-energise your business processes, Spire HR are here for you!


We love to hear your stories, so if you’ve had any employment nightmares, let us know in the comments below!


As we had recently come up against some difficult staffing issues which we had not experienced before, Ellen Parkin at Spire HR was recommended to us by one of our business partners to guide and assist us with the complex HR legalities we needed to adhere to.

Ellen was very efficient and professional and gave us instant confidence that she would be able to competently provide the help we needed. Ellen was readily accessible via email or telephone throughout the whole process and gave us the vital lifeline we needed during a very emotive and stressful time. Spire HR realised that as an SME, we had to balance the commercial viability for HR consultancy with the expertise and guidance we needed and Ellen was open and honest from the outset, providing a cost-effective and professional service. I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending Spire HR to anyone.


We are too small to justify a full-time HR employee; yet we cannot afford to ‘get it wrong’ The excellent service offered by Spire HR Solutions is the perfect solution for us


AGP have used Spire HR Solutions Limited for numerous matters relating to HR issues for both ourselves and clients of the practice. I have always found them to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful and to be very responsive to our needs.

Spire is now the practice’s first point of contact for any HR issues we encounter and I would certainly recommend them to anyone in need of assistance with any HR matters.


Ellen has helped streamline procedures and provide greater controls through her extensive knowledge and professional dedication, which has enabled me to concentrate on my main objective, growing the business.

I would say ‘key’ to her service is the confidence she provides with the HR guidance, I know without doubt that when dealing with my employees I follow the correct procedure and staff feel confident that they have the right HR support. The guidance on our bonus structure and appraisal scheme is one of many examples in which Ellen’s guidance has been invaluable.

I have been pleased with work Ellen has done for us and would not hesitate to recommend her to others. She provides a high quality, professional service and is very responsive to the needs of a small, growing organisation.