What does recruitment look like in 2021?

As we plan our journey out of the pandemic, a key question many businesses owners are facing is – where are staff going to work?

With many working remotely for the last year, the traditional office environment seems a distant memory. So, how will employers be adapting as they welcome staff back – and does this stack up against what employees want?

Earlier this year, South Yorkshire-based recruitment consultancy Glu Recruit ran two LinkedIn surveys of 500 Sheffield City Region businesses owners and employees on adapting working arrangements.

MD Rob Shaw said: “Firstly, it’s great to see that, despite high levels of unpredictability, forward-planning has been essential for business owners throughout the pandemic – none more so than with staff and recruitment.

“What we found really interesting, and this is definitely backed up by what our clients tell us, is employers are embracing a more flexible approach, with 64 per cent of respondents saying they will offer a mix of office and home working.”

Does a year of remote working and greater flexibility change what candidates want from a job? Or is the lure of the office and re-connecting with colleagues too appealing after time away?

Rob added: “There is a definite correlation with 63 per cent of employees wanting a mix of both office working and working from home.

“The main anomaly is only 8 per cent of employees want to work from the office full-time, while a quarter of employers we surveyed want staff in the workplace all the time. There’s an obvious difference in expectation levels.

“Employers must adapt to changes in working habits brought about by the pandemic. We expect to see an increase in candidates looking for flexible working – so, to attract and retain the best talent, employers need to take this seriously. Flexible working is here to stay.”


About Glu Recruit

Glu Recruit are a full-service recruitment agency established in 2016.

We specialise in temporary, permanent, contract and graduate recruitment – offering a tailored solution from entry level to senior management and board level spanning your entire organisation.

As an independent recruitment agency, we focus on the long-term stick of the placement. Whether you’re a candidate looking to make a career move, or an employer looking to add to your team, our thorough and proactive recruitment and retention service ensures you are well looked after!


Exceeding expectations

Sheffield based financial advisers Concept Wealth have appointed Emily Hutchinson as their new administrator. 

Placed by Glu Recruit, Simon Megson, managing director at Concept Wealth, said: “We were sceptical about using a recruitment consultancy – however, I can happily say dealing with Rob and the team at Glu Recruit far exceeded my expectations.

“They narrowed down the candidates, presented the CVs with a brief to match, and arranged the interview process at a time to suit me.

“We were delighted with the outcome, and we’ve hired a highly skilled administrator in Emily Hutchinson, who is a welcome addition to the team.”


Glu Recruit helps 53 North grow

Dinnington-based asset management company, 53 North have added a new member to their team.

Head of asset management services Keith Smith said: “53North are a growing asset care company serving major FMCG (fast-moving consuming goods) businesses. To ensure we remain in a strong and secure position, particularly as the country comes out of COVID-19, we looked at how we could drive the business forward.

“With the onset of digitisation and AI-based condition monitoring, we recognised additional analytical resource was needed for our dedicated data analytical centre.

“By employing the services of Glu Recruit we reduced time spent on recruitment, concentrating on those candidates who were suitable, allowing us to remain focused on what we were looking for.”

New starter James Pikett said: “53North are a successful and fast-growing company that I’m really excited to become a part of. I’m expecting to learn a lot and hopefully become an integral part of the team.”