The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic are likely to be with us for some time regarding technical recruitment and remote working. With many companies seeing an increase in remote working, many employees can successfully carry out their work using a blend of home and site-based time. Automation has also seen less need for people to be involved at every production stage.
The pandemic and Brexit has also accelerated the drive to bring more manufacturing back within our UK borders. Businesses need to be able to compete with the many European and international companies that are some way ahead of us in their production operations. However, we can only do this successfully if we have access to the suitably qualified talent pools in sufficient numbers available readily when we need them to support the demand for companies to produce at competitive prices.
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Understanding the market
To do this, companies must accept there is a growing urgency to streamline processes, a robust supply chain and industrial automation are critical elements that will help make this happen. Robotics Recruitment is one technical recruitment area demanding highly skilled candidates to bring the technical knowledge to commercial businesses to manage technology and automation. Whether permanent or short-term contract employees, high-quality candidates with skills in areas such as CNC and robotics machinery are in demand, whatever background they come from. Such knowledge is compatible with various sectors; their skills and expertise are easily transferable and highly demanded. In some cases, accessing this talent pool can be carried out and used to work remotely, so there are no geographical barriers to accessing top talent.
Perhaps one good thing to arise from Covid-19 is that businesses have had to become more fluid out of necessity. With many roles adapting well to remote work, the process of hiring and virtual recruitment is likely here to stay. It has undoubtedly earned its place as a great way to reach out to candidates, widen the talent acquisition pool, and reduce the amount of travelling and in-person meetings that are often required to identify the right candidate for your role.
Remote interviews and using the services of a specialist technical recruitment service ensures that companies have access to the right technically skilled individuals for their business. Geographic barriers are removed, whether that is to the point of identifying candidates to bring into a face-to-face interview or to hire candidates for remote working, it has certainly been a lesson throughout that we should be seeking to build on. Using automation and technological advancement such as robotics and video conferencing to support manufacturing processes, our resilience for remote working will help us rebuild manufacturing operations, bringing production and profitability back within the UK.
Upskilling vs new hire
Suitably qualified technical candidates are in demand. Why? Many businesses are looking at bringing in new talent, and a good number of those are hiring individuals with the skills required to hit the ground running on a contract basis, at least initially. This gives companies the flexibility to move their headcount up and down to meet the immediate business needs. At the moment we are still at an exceptionally volatile stage for many organisations, as there is uncertainty about the economy and the future strategy that is needed to ensure businesses place themselves to both survive and thrive the effects of the past almost two years. Supply chain issues and an upturn in the demand for more automated, less people-oriented production techniques have seen changes that have made upskilling and internal skill transfer become more difficult to justify.
Candidates are taking responsibility for their own upskilling
Upskilling has meant a high number of individuals seeking new pastures. Add to this changed dimensions in the workplace and this sees many candidates ready to change roles. These candidates could answer your technical recruitment and remote working vacancies. Working with a specialist technical recruitment business will help you source suitable contract, interim or permanent employees.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Recruiters will play a growing role to help businesses meet the need for diversity and inclusion. Many candidates now rank a company’s stance on DE&I as highly important when choosing which organisation to join. Recruitment specialists help companies meet the challenge to identify and interview a diverse range of individuals and help businesses restructure hiring processes. Removing bias and opening minds to more expansive talent can be achieved if stereotyping and arbitrary entry barriers such as education, location or background rank lower in the process.
To sum up, there is a wealth of talent available if you know where to look and a technical recruiter can help you do just that. While there has been a significant shift in terms of how, when and why organisations recruit recently, there is certainly still the benefit of getting the right recruitment partner to ensure you fill the gaps in your workforce, no matter where they’re working from.