KPMG & REC Report on Jobs April 2023

OK, OK, it's fair to say we're in a mess.

A marketplace which is simultaneously short of payrollers and has an abundance of payrollers.

Let's just say, the jobs market was dead after Christmas, picked up mid-March and is on its feet. But it's not particularly buoyant or indeed predictable.

Our own experience is that there is a small percentage of businesses which have clear goals and monetary investment which are hiring all the time. Places we can expect to make multiple hires a year despite their small size.

But we're talking to applicants in businesses still on their knees post-pandemic/post-Brexit with supply chain issues continuing.

And then there are others pootling along (like us), quite all right, with no ambition to increase the grey-hair count with continuing uncertainty. Staying relevant, being efficient, constantly learning and improving, and making the most of what they've got.

There's room for everyone, provided you have the skill and the budget to replace key staff as they leave.

Better still, do your utmost to keep your good people so they're not tempted to go.

Your average employee is a simple beast.

They want to have flexibility in their working week, be paid fairly and feel valued. Most want to progress but that's not a career for many, rather staying educated, learning new things, being given a little more responsibility and feeling heard when they have an opinion.


As for the abundance AND shortage of payrollers?

Since 1999 when I started in accountancy recruitment, there's never been an abundance of payrollers.

If you want to learn what businesses are doing that works, let me know.

I'm always happy to be a source of help and advice, for free, whether it be around reviewing hiring processes or putting together a compelling offering to job seekers.

Contact us now for a free, no-obligation chat. Contact Clare here.

Clare Wight is the founder and Managing Director of Clarity Appointments, an independent recruitment specialist. She served as a Regional Director for The Employment Agents Movement, supporting other independent recruiters.

She remains an active member of Recconnect (formerly Members Only), a recruitment leadership network promoting high ethical standards, collaboration, diversity, equity and inclusion.

She believes business owners are more fulfilled and higher-performing when they provide emotional and professional business support to other business owners, even those they deem to be competitors. She does this actively, whilst challenging and updating her skills and knowledge of the recruitment sector, enabling her to offer the best advice to firms looking to make their next hire.

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