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Employers 'will be more flexible' in job candidate requirements

Published: Friday, 23 July 2010   Category: Employer News

Employers are likely to be less stringent about the qualities they require from candidates as the jobs market improves, it has been suggested.

According to a study released in May by Astbury Marsden, the average number of candidates for each new City job fell from 5.7 in March 2009 to 2.7 in March 2010.

Tim Vye, divisional director at professional recruitment specialists Reed Finance, explained that this ongoing trend is likely to alter companies' applicant requirements.

"In a vacancy-driven recruitment market, when there are more candidates than jobs, employers will often raise the experience and qualifications 'bar' for vacancies to ensure they keep the shortlist down to a manageable number," he said.

"However, as the battle for talent intensifies, employers will tend to become slightly more flexible with how they view their wish list requirements for candidates."

Mr Vye added that there is a feeling of "continually growing optimism" among businesses which is still not being truly reflected in official employment figures.

The Astbury Marsden study also revealed that companies will need to put employee retention strategies back up the priority list due to the jobs market tightening.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19905928-ADNFCR

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