Trends to watch our for in the recruitment industry this year

As attitudes shift and technology advances, every industry comes under increasing pressure to change the way they operate, especially when new trends emerge. In our experience, the education recruitment sector is no different.


With the rise in Internet-based job searches, remote working and the increased popularity of temporary and fixed-term contracts, there’s always something we’re monitoring.


That’s why this month we wanted to highlight some of the other trends that will impact the education recruitment industry this year.


A flexible approach to filling vacancies


Many schools and nurseries are facing increasing shortages of full-time staff, so they will have to adopt a more dynamic, flexible approach to filling any available positions.


The use of flexible staffing models will become increasingly important, as this gives education bodies the ability to fill vacancies at short notice. Education recruitment agencies such as Simply Supply already have a pool of fully qualified candidates available to fill these roles.


At the same time, candidates who are looking for temporary work are able to find more positions that they would do if they were searching for roles in the traditional marketplace.


Candidate experience as a differentiator


The recruitment industry as a whole has sometimes suffered from a less-than-positive reputation, especially when it comes to filling available roles. However, we believe there will be a shift towards seeing positive candidate experiences as a differentiator.


If you’re unsure what this means, we’ll explain. It means that when a candidate finds the placement process smooth and efficient, they are more likely to accept the job role and recommend the agency to others.


Education recruitment agencies should begin to promote their candidate satisfaction or recommendation rates so they can increase their candidate pool. The added bonus for schools and nurseries is that they will have more candidates to draw on if they multiple roles to fill at short notice.


Increased awareness of Safeguarding


Safeguarding requirements have evolved over the last few years, and this represents an opportunity for education recruiters to showcase the policies and procedures that have in place to ensure the safety of pupils, staff and candidates.


It is the responsibility of the recruitment agency to undertake the safeguarding checks, and proof that the checks have been completed should be provided to the school or nursery before the candidate is due to start.


General Data Protection Regulations


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are going to have an impact on the industry as a whole this year, especially when it comes to storing the potentially identifiable information of candidates and clients.


Education recruitment agencies will have to ensure that they have procedures in place to protect this personal information. At the same time, they will have to shift the way that they collect this data, mainly be gaining express permission from candidates for it to be used.


You can find out more about what GDPR is and what it means for recruitment agencies in our blog article here.


Social media as a job promoter

This should come as no surprise to many, but social media will continue to play a large part in the education recruitment process this year. We’re never far away from our smart phones or tablets, and candidates increasingly review positions on hand-held devices before applying.


Education recruitment agencies that haven’t already embraced social media definitely should. For example, Facebook has, over the last 12 – 18 months, released their Jobs platform, meaning recruiters are able to upload jobs that they’re looking to fill.


Users are able to automatically fill out a job application with information that’s been uploaded to their profile, submit the application and schedule interviews in the future.



Some of these trends should come as no surprise to education recruitment agencies, but it’s crucial that you keep an eye out to make sure you stay ahead of the game.


Schools and nurseries come into contact with plenty of recruitment agencies throughout the year, so it’s important that you’ve developed your brand to showcase your unique expertise and abilities.


What do you think? Are there any other trends that you’ve noticed that we haven’t mentioned? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so let us know in the comments below. Alternatively, you can join the conversation on our Twitter and Facebook pages.


Remember, if you’re looking for a new role in the education sector or you have a position in your school or nursery to fill, then Simply Supply is here to help. Get in touch with us today and let us do the hard work, so you don’t have to.

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