September 8, 2021

Why Hiring Practices Need to Change


If you haven’t noticed, the still-ongoing worldwide pandemic has had drastic effects on the way we work. Because of this, many people have lost their jobs or have come out of education with little hope of getting decent work.

In the UK, the number of people seeking Universal Credit because they were searching for a job almost doubled, from 1.4 million at the start of 2020 to 2.6m in April 2021. Unemployment levels – at around 4% pre-pandemic, are also estimated by the Bank of England to reach 5.5% by the autumn, as a new wave of graduating students are thrown into a damaged economy struggling to shake off the effects of the pandemic.

It is, then, as a company, more important than ever to change the way we recruit. A huge number of companies – including large ones – have put in place all-encompassing hiring freezes while they winter the pandemic, maybe sourcing the odd trusted worker to come on board.

Some may see it as necessary, but it doesn’t have to be that way – and it’s not going to help anyone prosper as we slowly climb out of the hangover of several lockdowns. There are however some companies that have noticed these issues…

Companies making a change

To see The Body Shop, then, implement a process of ‘Open Hiring’ is extremely refreshing, especially as a large company. Check out this video by Fast Company. The Body Shop began a mandate of hiring people regardless of their prior qualifications. They see it as hiring based on their future, not the past. All prospective employees have to do is answer three questions – no interviews, and they’ll be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

That may sound radical, but it’s improved productivity, among other things. The money saved from not having to allocate resources to recruitment – screening resumes, conducting interviews, carrying out background checks etc. – has been redirected to greater staff training and support schemes. 

The Body Shop is a great example of a company going against the grain of hesitant recruiting and outsourcing that is rife across companies in the UK and which has made it so difficult, particularly for young people, to gain and retain regular employment in the midst of a global pandemic and stringent tightening of the economy. Footsteps that a lot of other companies should be thinking seriously about following. 

With Jobsdiem, you can use our algorithm to match with potential employees on any number of parameters, based on what you’re looking for. If you’d like to begin a process of Open Hiring, you can match with prospective employees simply based on their availability.

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As a student or gig worker in London, it’s not always worth following the  tourists around the busy, expensive attractions. You’ve seen the London  Eye, you know about the London Dungeons and Madame Tussauds. Here  are some places in London to visit that aren’t quite on the main tourist  circuit, are often cheaper or free, and will make for a great student or  young person experience in the capital.  

Sky Garden - 20 Fenchurch Street  

At the top of the skyscraper on Fenchurch Street known as the Walkie  Talkie is a garden observatory with very hard to beat, immediate views of  the city and its rooftops. Just a short walk from Monument tube station,  the Sky Garden is free(!) seven days a week, though you have to book  tickets in advance. However, there is also a range of restaurants 35 floors  up the Walkie Talkie if you want to splash out.

Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill 

If you want some equally stunning but more natural views of London, take  a short trip up from beautiful Regent’s Park to Primrose Hill, which just on  the edge of Central London provides breathtaking views of the city. Go at  

sunset and enjoy the magical old lamp posts lighting up the park when it  gets dark.  

If you like that, go a little further north to Hampstead Heath, one of the  largest parks in London, that stands higher than Primrose Hill and is set  further back, so while not as immediate, provides an amazing wide  panorama of the capital.  


Camden Lock 

Okay, it’s a little touristy, but Camden Lock and it’s market is worth a visit if  you haven’t been. Great street food, weird and wonderful stores popping  out everywhere, tattoo parlours, and yes, the Vagina Museum, are all on  offer. Plus you can take a boat ride on the pretty canal to get away from 

the crowds. And if you’re after a little music, just across the street is the  Electric Ballroom, or if you’re in the mood for some jazz, the famous Jazz  Cafe.  


Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane  

While Borough Market is always a great foodie experience, Spitalfields  Market offers up great food, fashion and art in a historic location, plus you  can walk across the road and check out Brick Lane, enjoying the  incredible array of graffiti and street art, vintage shops and the best bagels  in town. There’s so much on offer round here that’s not too pricey, or has  the regular Central tourist crowds. If you need a drink after a day at the  market, head to the Breakfast Club in Spitalfields, and walk through a  fridge (yes) to the hidden speakeasy-style cocktail bar The Mayor of  Scaredy Cat Town.  

Spitalfields Market


Waterloo Vaults  

The Vaults are located under the railway tracks going in and out of  Waterloo station. For a while now, they’ve been used as an open space  for general creativity, boasting some of London’s best graffiti, art  installations and there is even the underground Vaults theatre that hosts  the Vaults festival, one of London’s best performing arts festivals. If that’s  not your thing, there’s a pub restaurant inside the Vaults serving up some  great grub and board games, so you can play Monopoly or Settlers of  Catan whilst having a burger and a pint.

BFI Southbank / IMAX / Prince Charles Cinema  

Cinephile? There’s loads of cinemas in London, but like a lot of things in  the city, they’re usually overly expensive for what they are. If you’re under 

25 though, you can get £3 tickets to the BFI Southbank, the centre of  cinema in the UK showing everything from the latest blockbuster to 70mm  prints of Lawrence of Arabia, and offering live Q+As with the most  respected directors in the world. And if you’re after a matchless big screen  experience, head across the road to the BFI IMAX, boasting the biggest  screen in Europe. If you want something a bit more independent, skip past  the Vue cinema in Leicester Square down a side street to the Prince  Charles Cinema hiding behind it. Reportedly Tarantino’s favourite cinema,  it serves up new Oscar winners and old classics alike.

Hackney and Dalston  

Hackney and Dalston, in north-east London, are a haven for hipsters, but  they offer up a lot more than that. Another area of London that provides  incredible and unique nightlife, Hackney and Dalston have some of the  city’s best bars and clubs. Historically a Turkish area and now a diverse  hub of culture, there’s some fantastic restaurants of all cuisines, and it  also doubles up as the best place to get a kebab and a haircut. There’s  also a phenomenal bustling arts scene. If you’ve not had your fill of arty  stuff, check out the stunning Rio Cinema, a truly independent stunning Art  Deco movie theatre and the Arcola, an Off-West End theatre at the  forefront of emerging theatre in the UK.

Fabric / Brixton Academy / Electric Brixton / Ministry of Sound 

Like a night out? London is known for some of the best nightlife in the  world. There’s also some pretty bad stuff, so don’t go anywhere. Ministry  of Sound in Elephant & Castle and Fabric in Farringdon are regularly cited  as two of the best nightclubs in the world. There’s also Brixton, a must-go  for people looking for a lively area with amazing nightlife, also offering  great street food and vintage shops. 

Need to find a job in London? Check out our article on How to Find a Gig  Job in London.