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UK Government report: the blame game of poor recruitment

Employers, recruiters & HR

10:00 Friday, 27 August 2021

UK Cyber Security Council

In its report Cyber security skills in the UK labour market 2021, the UK Government revealed that the parties in the recruitment process blame each other for under-performance when attempting to fill roles.

The organisations - interviewed by Ipsos MORI, which compiled the report for the Government - often said that they weren’t impressed by the recruitment agencies they deal with. Rather than use an agency, they generally prefer to use personal recommendations or professional networks as a source of candidates.

By contrast, recruitment agents pointed out that employers often misunderstand the skillsets required and the nature of the labour market, and that they were given potentially unrealistic or impossible-to-achieve requirements.

With 47% of businesses reporting that they had had security roles open since the beginning of the previous year, and 37% of vacancies regarded as “hard” to fill, the need to address the disconnect is clear. As the report notes: “there was sometimes a lack of dialogue between recruitment agents, HR staff and hiring managers”.