News of the week: A recruitment sector special

While notification of Google’s intention to get into the recruitment game via Google for jobs has been mooted for a long time. Facebook is also joining in too. Both look likely to put a squeeze on traditional job websites like indeed and networking sites liked LinkedIn.

Much news and political commentary at the moment seems to feature the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact across jobs in the wider economy. Recruitment doesn’t escape and while currently AI is being used supplementarily to help recruiters and candidates how long before certain jobs in the industry disappear?

We all know that The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. It strengthens the current rules under the Data Protection Act (1998) by introducing new obligations for organisations and rights for individuals. How many recruitment companies are prepared for its implementation

And in the UK, we also are not likely to experience an upturn in the candidate market any time soon, as with Brexit and a the signs of a slow down in the general economy meaning companies are becoming more cautious and candidates seem happy to sit tight. The c-suite reports candidates are particularly acute in engineering and tech, health and social care, and construction.

Dominic Martinez