Importing talent for middle management

first_img Economically speaking, the news is great. Britain’s burgeoning economy seems to go from strength to strength and the country is probably as near to full employment as it will ever be. But there is a catch – the enormous demand in some sectors is creating a skills shortage.The situation facing Britain’s HR directors and managers seems to be similar to the one facing some football clubs: the only place to turn to find suitable talent is abroad. Research by the Recruitment Confidence Index shows that nearly 20 per cent of UK organisations expect employment growth in non-UK citizens in the next six months.Active recruitment Statistics suggest UK companies are not looking for manual workers, with 8 per cent of companies employing non-UK citizens at board level and 16 per cent employing foreign talent at senior management level.Lower management echelons seem to be least well served by home-grown talent with 18 per cent of companies employing non-UK middle managers and 23 per cent employing non-UK junior managers. Nearly one in seven organisations has actively recruited internationally during the past six months and almost half the organisations surveyed currently employ non-UK citizens.Dr Jos Van Ommeren, senior research fellow at Cranfield University’s School of Management, believes the UK’s skills shortage was created by the rapidly expanding economy. “The situation is that the economy is doing rather well and has created a skills shortage in certain areas,” he said.“I think this is a long-term situation – the labour market is becoming more global and it is easier to travel. “If you look back to the beginning of the century, immigration was at about the lowest level it has ever been”, Van Ommeren said. “But the number of people coming from abroad is much higher now and is set to increase.” Skewed labour marketJason Cartwright, international recruitment manager at TMP worldwide, said the HR function is central to attracting employees from overseas. “HR plays a crucial role in recruiting overseas – it is up to HR to find a recruitment strategy, a good remuneration package, training and progression policies and, above all, a good working culture to attract people,” he said. “The service sector is the area worst hit by the skills shortage – in particular areas such as banking and accountancy. The main problem is we simply don’t have enough managers. This is because today’s managers are the graduates of nine to 10 years ago. When this particular set of graduates left university the country was in the middle of one of the worst recessions since the war and could only find jobs as taxi drivers.“This has caused the labour market to become somewhat skewed and that is why we need to look abroad to fill these jobs.”Cartwright claimed the Internet was not necessarily the best place to advertise for overseas recruits because the company would be swamped by unsuitable applicants.Van Ommeren has investigated to see whether non-UK staff are likely to leave companies to return to their native countries. “The perception is that non-UK employees have a higher turnover – but I have not seen any evidence of this from research I have done myself. But this does not mean this is not true,” he said. “Most staff are actually recruited in the UK as they come here as students. The alternative way is that you go to another country and convince people to come to your country to work. The thing to be aware of is that recruitment in other countries can be quite different from in the UK.”The inflexible British Dr Aysen Broadfield, HR director for Mattel Northern Europe, makes a strong business case for recruiting overseas – but says companies must be prepared to be flexible to enjoy the benefits. “UK candidates are very much aware of the skills shortage”, she said, “and their demands on employment conditions need to be met. This is creating a lot of inequities in benefits and working conditions in organisations.” Broadfield believes that recruiting abroad solves two problems: the skills shortage and the inflexible demands of British staff who feel they can name their price. She said the main issue when recruiting from abroad is to ensure candidates are educationally and culturally compatible with the organisation.“Cultural compatibility ensures that non-UK candidates can easily adapt to the life in the UK and can socialise easily. This appears to be a very important factor in retaining employees. Educational compatibility ensures employees can work together in the organisation as the educational approach determines the nature of thinking and work discipline.“Effective teamwork also appears to be crucial for employee retention. Therefore, recruiters should check these two factors to filter out unsuitable recruiting locations. Further training and education still seems to be a motivating factor when sponsored by the company. Additional benefits like housing, cars, facilities for other family members as part of the package seems to make life easier and also make non-UK staff loyal to the organisation. Many large organisations are working with relocation consultancies to make life easier for non-UK newcomers. These costs can easily be absorbed within the package of the candidate.”Global marketBroadfield called on HR departments in the UK to ensure their companies are prepared to compete in a global market. “The skills set required for such transfers is very different and requires streetwise rather than traditional thinking,” said Broadfield. “Management has to be able to understand the implications and they should be able to manage a global team. It all comes down to having a global skills set, attitude and understanding.” Related posts:No related photos. Importing talent for middle managementOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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St. Louis Catholic School students earn VFW honors

first_imgPhoto: (L-R) Jackson Wanstrath, Audrey Beiser, Benjamin Moster, Adam Laloge, Bettina Rose (not pictured is Summer Ratcliffe)Batesville, In. — St. Louis Catholic School seventh and eighth-grade literature students taught by Mrs. Rose recently participated in the VFW Patriot Pen Contest.Students were given the prompt by the VFW, “What gift did America give our generation?”  They were then asked to write a few paragraphs about their personal thoughts.Thoughts varied from technology to medical advances to, simply put, our freedom, and many students included an inspirational quote from an important historical figure to really drive their essay’s message home.St. Louis Catholic School students took the podium placing 1-5!  Along with recognition through the VFW, students earned cash for their thoughts and one will compete against others in the state of Indiana. Here is a snapshot of SLS’s academic achievements:1st   Audrey Beiser $200 — and the local finalist who will compete against others in the state!2nd  Summer Ratcliffe $1503rd  Jackson Wanstrath $1004th  Adam Laloge  $505th  Benjamin Moster $30last_img read more

Donegal driver caught speeding at 125kmh in a 50kmh zone

first_imgA driver has been fined for speeding 75km/h over the limit in St Johnston last weekend.Gardaí with the Buncrana Roads Policing Unit detected the driver.The driver is set to face a fixed charge penalty notice. The case was shared on social media on Sunday.Buncrana Roads Policing Unit detected driver at 125kmh in a 50kmh limit at Johnston, Donegal. Proceedings commenced via FCPN— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) July 21, 2019 Donegal driver caught speeding at 125kmh in a 50kmh zone was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eureka girls roll in NCS opener

first_imgKaylee Murphy and Makaila Napoleon each scored 18 points to lead the Eureka High girls basketball team to a 66-42 first-round North Coast Section Division-III playoff win over visiting Analy Tuesday night. “We used what we knew we had,” Eureka head coach Clifford Napoleon said. “We knew we had better athletes, and we knew if we pressed them we’d come up with some turnovers early.”The No. 3-seeded Loggers got off to a quick start, holding No. 14 Analy to just one field goal and three points …last_img

With Quinn Cook a restricted free agent, will he return to the Warriors?

first_imgIn a move that shows their intrigue with a player they groomed through varying roles, the Warriors extended a $1.8 million qualifying offer to Quinn Cook on Saturday to make him a restricted free agent, league sources told Bay Area News Group. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.With the move, the Warriors have three days to match or exceed any offer sheet that Cook receives from other teams once free agency begins on Sunday at 3 pm PT.It appears unclear what market demand Cook will …last_img

New Tumblr Blog Pokes Fun at Restaurant Websites

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