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SURVEY REVEALS LESSONS FOR STAFF RETENTION
Perriam & Everett release survey results and white paper on recruitment and retention

A major survey and white paper on recruitment and retention has been released by talent management experts Perriam & Everett who recruit headhunters, recruiters and in-house recruiters worldwide.

During the first quarter of 2008, the firm surveyed almost 1200 recruitment professionals to find out what they really felt about the industry they worked for. Although the survey was industry specific, Managing Director Aisling Tighe believes that the results can provide valuable lessons for any organisation which may be experiencing difficulty in recruiting and retaining talent:

“The main issues seemed to revolve around the employee value proposition and the calibre of management. Our survey found that there was a disconnect between the values an organisation was selling externally - and how that was managed internally. As one respondent put it: ‘The business is very results orientated but they pretend to be value focused. The values talk about behaviours that do not fit the aggressive financial results/goals for the year.’ It is also important to remember that one of the main reasons people join (and therefore leave) an organisation is the calibre of management and companies should therefore be investing in management development programmes to ensure that they not only keep their high performers - but attract other peoples.”

Other findings included:

• Almost 40% were dissatisfied with their interview process and over a third of respondents were looking for more structure at their own interview stage and experienced recruiters felt that the process was far too informal. As one respondent put it: “Get over the chat over a cup of coffee - put me through my paces.”

• Over a third (35%) felt that their current role and firm had not been accurately described.

• Almost a third (33%) were not satisfied with the level of training they received and almost half (48%) felt that they needed to develop business development skills.

Commenting on the results, Aisling Tighe, Managing Director of Perriam & Everett said: “There is some good news - induction programmes seem to be much more formal than in previous similar surveys we have undertaken and on boarding in general is much better. In previous years many recruiters have felt that after a ‘big sell’ they were left to sink or swim.
If the recruitment sector is going to win its own war for talent, it needs to start taking some of its own medicine” she added.

A copy of the white paper “Rules of Engagement” and full results of the survey can be obtained on Perriam & Everett’s website www.perriam-everett.co.uk or by e-mailing zena@perriam-everett.co.uk
Perriam & Everett will be hosting a breakfast seminar to discuss the results of the survey with some of their clients next Thursday 5 June in London. Any journalists wishing to attend should e-mail zena@perriam-everett.co.uk for details


For further information contact Tracey Dunn at BlueSky PR - 0845 3700125 tracey@bluesky-pr.net



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