The recruitment sector almost topped a recent list of Britain’s most high-stress careers, coming in second only to social care with 81.8% of the 1100 polled professionals stating that their position creates high levels of stress.
As Britain slowly moves away from ‘Blue Monday’ (the worst day of the year for employee mental health, according to academic Cliff Arnall), jobs site CV-Library has published its findings from a recent survey, in which it quizzed professionals on workplace stress levels and core causes.
The report highlighted key areas of concern with recruiters citing increased workloads, tight deadlines and irate clients contributing to their vastly increased stress levels.
“It’s clear from these findings that more needs to be done to help eliminate stress and support increasingly busy professionals,” commented CV-Library CEO Lee Biggins.
“As an employer, you are there to support those who are struggling at work and you certainly shouldn’t become part of the problem. Keep an eye out for employees who look overwhelmed, fatigued or are struggling to keep on top of their workload. This could be a sign that they’re suffering from stress. As such, you need to put measures in place to help alleviate some of the pressure,” he continued.
A key area of concern for the recruitment sector in 2019 is a perceived shortage of qualified talent. A massive 42% of employers are worried that they won’t find an appropriate candidate for their roles, whilst three quarters state that they are actively struggling to fill positions.
The purportedly candidate-driven market is a rising trend, according to recruitment specialists Talentnow, as the site claims that in 2018 top employees stayed available for just ten days whilst searching for a new position.