Recruitment consultants are emerging as one of the hardest-to-fill roles in Australia. Rapid changes in the industry combined with high turnover mean there is a growing talent shortage for recruiters. A proposal to remove recruitment consultants from the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List would make it more difficult to hire foreign recruitment consultants. Indeed has identified recruitment consultants as the 17th-hardest job to fill in Australia, and nearly half of the 20 hardest-to-fill roles remain vacant after 60 days.
A recent report by the British government indicates that more than 1 million people over the age of 50 are unemployed due to “discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices.” While age discrimination is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010, some employers may not be aware of their full responsibilities in this area. Furthermore, some claim the government has been slow to enforce the law. The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is committed to promoting inclusive workplaces that offer opportunities for all workers.
India: Year-over-year hiring improves
Overall hiring activity in India has increased by 9% compared to a year ago. Significant gains were experienced in the automotive and ancillary market (+26%), telecom (+23%), heavy machinery (+22%), and business process outsourcing (+19%). Hiring activity in Hyderabad is ten percent higher than last year.
Approximately 44% of all jobs created in the USA since the year 2000 are in professions that were not even recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics before that year. These means governors and state officials are already looking for ways to fill the skills gaps that exist, or will be created, as automation continues to replace less-skilled jobs. In some cases, states are turning to training programs and apprenticeships to help existing workers transition to different jobs with newer skills. Other initiatives are focusing on public/private partnerships that are focused on making sure educational offerings in middle- and high-school are aligned with employers’ needs, with more information available to students earlier in their school careers.
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