As we move into what is traditionally the busiest months of the year for recruitment, we want to highlight some key changes which we have seen in the Maritime sector so far this year.
The summer of 2016 has seen caution become the watchword for many businesses, and Maritime employees themselves are feeling the same. During this time there has been a distinct change in candidate dynamics and we are now seeing three very different, and distinct, candidate types which are having a direct impact on recruitment.
Candidate one: “Out of work and active”
These people are feeling the increasing pressure of being out of work and are desperately looking for new roles. They are searching job boards, recruiter websites and companies own careers sections for new roles on a daily basis. Companies will be getting regular applications and speculative emails from these people and they will be applying for positions which are not always relevant to their skills and experience.
Candidate two: “In work and active”
These people are riding out the storm with their current employer, but have begun to keep a closer eye on new opportunities as they return from their summer breaks. They have become increasingly selective about what they apply for and in most cases will expect to be approached professionally about new opportunities, often being notified prior to positions coming onto the open market. They feel extremely nervous about job security and are in fear of their current employer finding out – subsequently they are staying under the radar and often only visible through their own professional networks. Money is playing a key part in their motivations to move roles as they may not have seen the salary increases of ‘yesteryears’ in recent times. The reward must outweigh the risk of moving jobs in these uncertain times.
Candidate three: “Passive”
They are happy, paid well, valued and being bear-hugged by their employer. The thought of a new job will probably not even be on their radar. They are in demand, extremely difficult to find and will not share their details in the public domain.
Challenging times do not necessarily make recruitment easier. In fact, recruitment has become even more difficult than before for many businesses as the talent they look for becomes increasingly passive.