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Finding a valuable employee has become more difficult in Romania - study

posted onOctober 18, 2017

Employers in Romania have a hard time finding valuable candidates according to a new study carried out by online jobs portal Ejobs. The study was based on answers from 180 companies and the data was collected between August-September 2017. Eight in ten (86%) of the companies that participated in the survey said they face lack of valuable candidates when recruiting.

One of the main reasons is the high competitiveness in the labour market, but two out of ten companies consider that access to specialised candidates is also blocked by the lack of a strong recruitment brand.

For every job opening, 58% of the surveyed companies said that they have less than 50 applicants, while 26% receive between 50 and 100 CVs. Only 7% of the companies have up to 200 applicants for an open position while 9% have over 250 candidates. The latter are mainly large and very large companies the study shows.

At the same time, some 77% of the surveyed companies consider that the offer of candidates in the labour market dropped over the last few years, while only 5% consider that it remained the same or has slightly increased.

Regarding the recruitment process, 47% of the companies said that it has become too long and 42% of them find it more difficult compared to two years ago. For almost half of the surveyed companies, the recruitment time for open positions ranges between 30 and 60 days, while 14% said they manage to hire somebody only after 90 days or even more. One third of the companies, especially the small and medium-sized ones, said that the recruitment process does not exceed 30 days while only 5% of them said they manage to occupy a position in less than 14 days.

When asked about the methods used for recruiting, 93% of companies said they use online recruiting platforms, 67% take into consideration recommendations from the existing team, 40% search on social networks and 26% rely on direct applications on the company’s website. However, in order to find valuable candidates, employers try to diversify their methods of recruiting. Half of the companies taking part in the study look for candidates in other cities than the one where the company is based, and 49% look for potential employees in other fields related to the job opening. At the same time, approximately a quarter say they offer a higher salary than the market level and 9% invest in programmes to develop and consolidate an attractive employer brand.

Employers also reported difficulty filling certain positions. The most hard-to-fill positions are skilled workers (37%), IT specialists (26%), and sales specialists (26%). At the opposite end of the scale, managerial, accounting or finance-banking positions are the easiest to be filled in.

The findings of another report confirm the difficulty Romanian companies have to find the right candidates. The Talent Shortage Survey 2016/2017 conducted by the U.S. recruitment firm Manpower, shows that the percentage of Romanian employers who have trouble finding the right employees increased to 72% in 2016 from 61% in 2015. Romania ranks third in the world talent shortage survey after Japan, with a deficit of 86%, and Taiwan, with a shortage of 73%, followed by Hong Kong (69%) and Turkey (66%).

In the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Romania ranks first in talent shortage the survey finds. Manpower polled over 42,300 employers from 43 countries for the 2016/2017 talent shortage survey.

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