Employers found it difficult to attract the candidates they wanted in 2006 and are likely to find it even more difficult, as well as expensive, to do so this year, a new survey reveals.
According to the annual blue book survey from Angela Mortimer, 78 per cent of European firms struggled to attract the staff that they wanted, while among businesses in Brussels this figure rose to 97 per cent and to 86 per cent in Paris.
This may have something to do with the large gulf between what businesses are offering and what employees want that was highlighted by the survey.
While 60 per cent of employers thought their position as a market leader would attract applicants, this was important to only 30 per cent of jobseekers. Career progression was valued much more highly by applicants than employers and bonuses were valued by 39 per cent of candidates, but only offered by 13 per cent of employers.
Applicants were also more aware of their value in 2006, with 43 per cent of employers reporting growth in the candidates that increased their financial demands at offer stage and 48 per cent of employers saying they had to pay higher salaries than their original budget in order to get the right person.
Ashley Williams, director of partnership products at Angela Mortimer, commented: "Employers found the recruitment process more difficult and expensive in 2006. Now, with a greater number of jobs available, competition to recruit the best candidates is tough."