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Unpacking the Biggest Challenges in Recruitment: Insights from HR Professionals

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May 13, 2024

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Pie chart Poll responses Biggest Recruitment Challenges

In our recent webinars on the 28th of February and 1st of May, we covered the latest trends and challenges around Skills Based Hiring and Interview Best Practice. At Rent a Recruiter, we are committed to turning these challenges into opportunities for growth and innovation. By integrating advanced technologies and prioritising diversity, we ensure our clients not only meet their immediate hiring needs but also enhance their long-term success.

Barry Prost, Chair & Chief Strategy Officer. Rent a Recruiter

In today’s competitive job market, the role of human resources in shaping the future of work cannot be overstated. As businesses strive to adapt and grow, HR professionals are on the front lines, grappling with various recruitment challenges that can significantly impact organisational success.

To better understand recruitment challenges today, we conducted a survey involving 60 HR professionals to reveal critical pain points in the recruitment process that are shaping industry trends. Here’s what we found:

Recruitment Challenge Insights from HR Professionals

Pie chart Poll responses Biggest Recruitment Challenges

Finding Qualified Candidates: The Foremost Challenge

A striking 56% of HR professionals surveyed identified finding qualified candidates as their primary challenge. This issue stems from a talent pool that often lacks the specific skills and experiences companies require for their evolving needs. With the rapid advancements in technology and shifting market dynamics, the gap between available skills and job requirements continues to widen. This mismatch highlights the urgent need for effective sourcing strategies and more robust talent development initiatives.

Accelerating the Speed of Hiring

Speed in recruitment is another significant concern, with 28% of respondents marking it as a critical issue. In a fast-paced business environment, the ability to hire quickly is crucial. Delays in filling positions can lead to lost productivity and opportunities, putting companies at a competitive disadvantage. Streamlining recruitment processes through automation and better alignment of recruitment cycles with business strategies can greatly enhance hiring velocity.

Diversity and Inclusion: Room for Improvement

Despite the growing emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, it remains a challenge for some organisations. About 8.3% of HR professionals see this as an area needing more focus. Diversity and inclusion are not just about social justice; they are also about enriching the workplace environment and boosting corporate performance through varied perspectives and ideas. This calls for a deliberate strategy in recruitment practices to attract a diverse workforce.

Reducing Hiring Costs

Managing recruitment costs effectively continues to be a concern, with 6.7% of respondents citing it as a significant challenge. The cost of hiring new employees encompasses advertising job openings, operating recruitment tools, conducting interviews, and training new hires. Finding ways to reduce these costs without compromising the quality of new recruits is essential. Leveraging technology and optimising recruitment processes are key strategies that can lead to cost-efficient hiring practices.

Survey Summary

The insights provided by HR professionals through our survey highlight critical areas where the recruitment process can be enhanced. Addressing these challenges requires a strategic approach, integrating innovative recruitment technologies, fostering partnerships with educational institutions for a more skilled workforce, and reinforcing commitments to diversity.

As we move forward, it is crucial for HR departments to adapt and evolve to meet these challenges head-on, ensuring they not only overcome these hurdles but also thrive in a dynamic global market.

Rent a Recruiter Partnerships

In light of these recruitment challenges, partnering with a professional recruitment team can be a game-changer for businesses looking to optimise their hiring processes. At Rent a Recruiter, addressing these challenges is our core objective. We engage with an embedded model, where our recruiters work exclusively on finding the right talent for your business. This approach is akin to adding a specialised professional to your team, available precisely when you need them.

Our recruiters alleviate the burdens of recruitment by working closely with your internal team & key stakeholders ensuring that your hiring practices are both efficient and effective. By focusing on speed, diversity, cost reduction, and sourcing candidates, we tailor our strategies to meet your unique needs. With a wealth of experience and industry insights gained across multiple sectors, we are equipped to enhance and excel your recruitment process.

Partnering with us means not just filling positions but enriching your team with the right talent to drive forward your organisational goals.


Your Challenges are Our Objectives

Benefits of Working with Rent a Recruiter


Trained talent acquisition specialists will work with your internal team. You will receive continuous guidance and support from our Operations Director. We provide weekly reviews to make sure you are up to date on each stage of the process.

Reduced Risk

The short-term, project-based nature of the service means that businesses can quickly adjust their recruitment strategy as needed. Either to scale up resources or reduce their recruitment efforts depending on their needs.



We have a 3-month contract to allow you to avail of our service when you need us. After which, you can decide to stop or continue with our service. Our clients find this helpful, as they can turn the service on and off as they scale.


Our aim is to start adding value from day one. We don’t hand you over to one of our staff and wish you well. We manage the recruiter on your behalf, ensuring consistency of service at all times.

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