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By Andrew Walker, Managing Consultant

The job market is a highly competitive arena; and not just for those trying to secure a new position –in order to attract the best talent, companies themselves need to have so much more to offer than simply a vacancy with an appropriate salary.

A vast number of businesses cite a lack of suitably skilled individuals as a real barrier to their growth and development.

There has always been huge pressure placed on companies to recruit and retain the best individuals and even during periods where unemployment is high, the top people will be in most demand. To attract candidates with the right attributes, technical ability and desired experience, businesses have to work hard to develop robust recruitment and retention strategies.

Candidates that possess these in-demand skills are very career savvy and often fiercely loyal to a current employer. They consider their options carefully and are extremely selective when it comes to assessing if an opportunity will be the right career move. And organisations that are employing top talent will be doing everything that they can to make sure they hang on to them.

Companies must take a long term view and place greater emphasis upon talent attraction, management and development to enable them to have the edge over their competition. Bringing in fresh blood, hungry for success and nurturing and upskilling existing employees will contribute significantly to the long term stability of the business.

There’s a lot to consider. To attract the best talent, companies need to think about how they communicate their culture, how attractive are the remuneration packages, what are current employees saying to their peers? Is there a positive buzz about the organisation – are they shouting about their achievements to give the impression of a forward thinking company that is really going places? Do they understand – and more importantly – do they deliver against their employees’ career aspirations? They want people that are going to make a difference to their business but do they have the vision and means to encourage and implement the changes that a dynamic senior level manager will want to drive forward?

Attracting the best candidates is a competitive business, and the companies that make themselves stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons will reap the rewards.


Sharp Consultancy specialises in the recruitment of finance and accountancy professionals.  With offices in Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster and Manchester our highly experienced team of consultants recruit for temporary, interim and permanent roles across the full spectrum of positions throughout Yorkshire and the North West.