Help with hard-to-fill roles

In the constantly evolving landscape of the UK job market, employers are often faced with complex challenges that require targeted solutions. Among the most pressing of these challenges is filling highly specialised roles that demand a unique set of skills, experience, or qualifications. These hard-to-fill roles can be particularly daunting for businesses looking to rapidly scale or adapt to market changes.


That’s where the expertise of a professional recruitment company like Elite Talent Services comes into play. With a well-established network of candidates and a comprehensive understanding of the candidate market, we can serve as a valuable strategic partner in sourcing talent for even the most challenging vacancies.

Customised recruitment strategies

We typically work closely with employers to create a bespoke recruitment strategy tailored to the specific needs of the organisation. This could involve undertaking a skills gap analysis to identify the most critical roles, assessing the market availability of talent, and setting out a multi-channel sourcing strategy. By customising the approach, employers are more likely to attract candidates who are not only skilled but are also a good cultural fit for the organisation.

Leveraging an extensive network

A recruitment firm’s most potent asset is its network. By having a deep-rooted understanding of the industry, a recruitment company and the recruiters working in it can tap into an extensive pool of qualified candidates that are either actively seeking new opportunities or are passive candidates open to the right proposition. This network extends beyond job boards and LinkedIn, reaching talent that may not otherwise be accessible.

Time and cost efficiency

Engaging with a recruitment company is not merely a transaction but an investment. By offloading the complex, time-consuming process of candidate sourcing, screening, and interviewing, businesses free up internal resources that can be redirected towards core operational activities. Moreover, the cost of a bad hire can be exorbitant, affecting not just monetary resources but also team morale and productivity. A recruitment firm mitigates this risk with rigorous vetting processes.

Trying something different

In many cases, clients have worked with one or more recruitment companies previously and may have even set up a preferred supplier list of talent providers. Sometimes these can work really well, as the recruitment company can develop a much more in-depth understanding of the client and what they’re looking for, but occasionally these can fail to deliver against hard-to-fill roles. Using the same tactics or approaches to engagement over and over again and expecting different results is not a worthwhile use of time or resources, so sometimes it pays to try something different.

Not every solution or approach will be appropriate to every hiring brief, so we make sure understand the role, the client’s company culture and working environment so that we can deploy the appropriate tactics and engage with talent through a variety of ways, as outlined below.

Examples of engagement models

  1. Retained search – Ideal for senior-level roles, where the stakes are high, this model often involves us conducting an exhaustive search to find the perfect candidate, and will see us working exclusively on these roles. We’ll explore all available talent pools and proactively search through our networks of passive candidates that match the brief.
  2. Contingency recruitment – Suited for mid-level positions, this no-win-no-fee model is often faster and has a wider candidate reach. Typically the most common type of recruitment for permanent hires, it means there’s no commitment from the client and can often see multiple agencies being engaged for the same role. But be warned, with fewer guarantees some agencies can commit less time and resources to filling these kind of roles – but not so at Elite Talent Services. We treat every requirement we receive from our clients with the highest priority and will endeavour to fill every role we’re working on with the same commitment.
  3. Contract staffing – For projects with a defined timeline, we can provide skilled contract staff to fulfil immediate, short-term needs. There’s often more flexibility with this type of recruitment and in our experience, the types of workers who want to engage on a contract basis will differ from those looking for permanent roles. Being experienced in both means we’ve developed an extensive network of each type of candidate.
  4. Bulk hiring – For organisations looking to scale rapidly, one approach we’ve seen clients adopt is bulk hiring – where we manage end-to-end recruitment drives to fill multiple roles across a finite time period. Appropriate for seasonal work too, this can also lead to improved efficiencies where a single agency can more comprehensively represent the client. Bulk hiring is often also seen in blue collar environments, but in our experience, also has a role to play in white collar recruitment campaigns too where it can become more about simply filling a position as the campaign can position the client’s business as an attractive place to work – and is much about talent attraction as it is to PR and brand building.

A professional recruitment company like Elite Talent Services does more than just fill vacancies; we work in genuine partnership with our clients and can contribute to the strategic development of a company’s human resources. With customised solutions that fit your unique needs and challenges, there are plenty of benefits of engaging with us. We offer an efficient, cost-effective, and targeted approach to hiring, and can help overcome the most complicated hiring challenges.

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