How to overcome challenges in recruitment in regulatory bodies

Article By
James Cumming
James Cumming
Posted On11th May 2023
Posted On11th May 2023

There are many challenges to overcome in recruitment and for regulatory bodies there are more complex issues to be considered. Since being named on The Crown Commercial Services (CCS) framework, we have worked with a number of regulatory bodies. They are responsible for creating and enforcing regulations to ensure compliance, protect public interest, and maintain the integrity of the industries they oversee. To fulfil these responsibilities, regulatory bodies need employees who possess the necessary regulatory expertise.

Regulatory expertise refers to a deep understanding and knowledge of the laws, regulations, policies, and practices within a specific regulatory domain or industry. It involves being well-versed in the rules and requirements governing a particular sector and possessing the skills to interpret and apply them effectively.

Here are some key aspects of regulatory expertise:

  • Knowledge of Laws and Regulations
  • Industry-Specific Knowledge
  • Interpreting and Applying Regulations
  • Compliance Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Enforcement and Investigation
  • Policy Development

Rapidly evolving regulations

Rapidly evolving regulations can pose challenges for regulatory bodies in their recruitment efforts. It will often result in shifting skill requirements. Regulatory bodies need to find candidates who possess the updated knowledge and skills to navigate and understand the new regulatory landscape. This may involve specific expertise in emerging technologies, new compliance methodologies, or updated legal frameworks. Finding candidates with the precise skill set required for the evolving regulations can be challenging.

Limited Talent Pool:

As regulations rapidly evolve, the talent pool of professionals who possess the updated expertise may be limited.
Professionals require ample time to acquire the essential knowledge and experience in the newly introduced regulations, particularly when they have been recently implemented. Regulatory bodies may face difficulty in finding candidates with the desired qualifications and experience, leading to increased competition for a limited pool of specialized talent.

Market Demand:

Rapidly evolving regulations can create increased demand for regulatory experts across multiple industries and sectors. Not only are regulatory bodies actively seeking to recruit professionals equipped with the updated skills, but private sector organisations and consulting firms are also vying for the same talent. Moreover, in addition to these entities, other stakeholders such as industry associations and research institutions may also be in pursuit of professionals with the requisite expertise. This heightened demand can make it more challenging for regulatory bodies to attract and retain qualified candidates, as they may face stiff competition from other employers.

Recruitment Timeframes:

The rapid pace of regulatory change may require regulatory bodies to expedite their recruitment processes. However, ensuring thorough assessment of candidates, including background checks, security clearances, and regulatory knowledge evaluations, can be time-consuming. Striking a balance between expedited recruitment and maintaining rigorous evaluation processes can be a challenge for regulatory bodies.

Proactive recruitment strategies

To address these challenges, regulatory bodies may need to the help of agencies to put proactive executive search strategies into action.

Engaging with recruitment agencies specialising in regulatory affairs or related fields can provide access to a wider pool of candidates with regulatory experience. These agencies often have established networks and databases of professionals with specific expertise and can assist in sourcing qualified candidates.

Collaborating with universities and educational institutions that offer relevant programs in regulatory affairs, law, or specific industries can be fruitful. Recruiters can participate in career fairs, host information sessions, or establish partnerships to connect with students and graduates who have received training in regulatory matters.

Recruiters can explore opportunities to identify and develop internal talent within their organisation. This could involve identifying employees with transferable skills or individuals in related roles who can be trained and upskilled in regulatory matters.

Encouraging employee referrals can be an effective way to find candidates with regulatory experience. Employees may have connections within their professional networks who possess the desired regulatory expertise.


At re:find we believe that recruitment is not a one-off transaction but rather a long-term partnership. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients, providing ongoing support and advice to help them find and retain the best talent for their organisation.

We understand that every organisation is unique and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to recruitment. That’s why we offer bespoke recruitment solutions that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether you need help with a single hire or a full recruitment campaign, we can help.

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality service. We take the time to understand your organization’s culture and values, as well as the specific skills and experience needed for each role.

For more information on re:find please get in contact with our Managing Director, James Cumming.

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