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Against all the backdrops of 2020, businesses are preparing for the worst but hoping for the best in the year 2021, unfortunately no new hires come for free. Without a solid budget, even the best recruitment strategies can leave you wondering where all the funds went by the end of the year. The financial budgeting process for 2021 gives an opportunity to turn arduous lessons learnt from the pandemic into an enduring drill that would link strategy to value. But planning recruitment budget for the next 12 months amid a pandemic and a staggering economy might seem a little difficult.

Most experienced HR professionals also find this difficult and downright intimidating to make, manage, and monitor the recruitment budget. An ideal and perfect budget for 2021 may not be attainable but a better budgeting process certainly is. Here are few guidelines to abide by to create the right budget that attenuate unplanned costs and maximize recruitment ROI.

4 Guidelines for Recruitment Budgeting

CPH & Time to fill Vacancies

Any recruitment budget ultimately relies on available time and resources. So, it is decisive to know how long it takes to fill a vacancy for a skilled position. But, before starting with the math, make sure all your team leads know their requirements in terms of new hires. Also, if your potential employees need certain skills, flexible environments or training to work efficiently then these are also crucial things to consider. This will help you plan the expenses for each team in the coming year. 

Fixed Expenses

In order to arrive at a definite recruitment budget plan, you need to consider all the basic costs associated with the recruitment ads, job portals, online job listing sites, recruitment consultants, recruiting software's, employee branding initiatives, and interviewing and onboarding expenses. Also note that the fixed costs are the expenses that need to be incurred on internal salaries, external recruiting agencies, social media promotions, job fairs, conferences, seminars and events. 

Training  Programs

Your present and potential employees always look for opportunities that offer professional development and growth. Training programs help them hone their present skill set and also add new skills to the list. Managing training budgets ensures that personnel have the skills required to complete job tasks. So a portion of your budget should solely be dedicated to supporting their career growth. This should include the cost of online courses, seminars, workshops and other training materials.

Discretionary Expenses

The grim reality of any recruitment budget plan is that you’ll always miss out on one or two things. Most of the times leaders tend to underestimate the amount needed for executing certain recruitment strategies like the costs associated with candidate screening tests, incentives associated with employee referral programs. Other unexpected expenses that can crop up may so, it’s always recommended to keep some buffer amount to cushion the smack of last-minute expenses.

Company Updates

Pragna team has showed character in navigating rough the waters of pandemic. Find below the highlights from the last year.
  • Moving into a new office space.
  • Successfully handling the pandemic situation.
  • Helping customers, employees and community in testing times.
  •  Increased our revenue to pre-pandemic numbers in the last quarter.
  • Carved out new business line and found new avenues to help existing and new customers.
  • Build the roadmap for 2021 and looking to scale and grow.

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