London firms struggling to recruit as Brexit hits talent pool and wages soar, new KPMG report finds

London firms struggling to recruit as Brexit hits talent pool and wages soar, new KPMG report finds

An article that appeared in the Evening Standard this week talks about the struggle London firms are having with recruiting tech staff in part due to Brexit.  It may be the case that wages have increased but after speaking to Joss Collins, Sanderson Regional Director, London he feels it is more about the package on offer, not just the salary.

We are seeing an increase in wages particularly across the technology sector. However, two other factors are having an equally big impact on firms being able to hire the talent they want:
1. flexible working arrangements and, 
2. speed and quality of their recruitment process. 


The working arrangements that had to be adopted during the pandemic have shown that remote working does work. As businesses return to their offices they are developing working arrangements that appeal to all within the workforce and this is creating some challenges, particularly within software development where people in this space feel they can do their jobs at home. It's the first question we're asked by candidates within this area. If an employer is expecting them in the office anymore than a few days a month they are discounting these opportunities as many other employers are still offering fully remote working arrangements. 


Employees have plenty of opportunities to choose from and therefore employers need to move quickly at all stages of the recruitment process from CV review all the way to offer and onboarding and be prepared for questions about working arrangements during and at the end of the recruitment process. Employees are looking for clarity on working arrangements and for these to be agreed before accepting a role.

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