The recruitment trends set to dominate this year
2020 threw individuals and businesses into an area of the unknown; much of the population suddenly had to work from home and a huge number of off-line only businesses suddenly had to get online.
There are a number of key trends that we can expect to see in recruitment this year, as well as a shift in employee’s expectations!
The idea that we will never return to the office again is overblown!
Rather than a 'death of the office' scenario we are more likely to be looking at a "Commuter Revolution’ and an acceleration towards even more flexible working patterns in a bid to miss out the mass rush for a 9am start.
The rise of flexibility in the workplace will create opportunities for multi-site, multinational business and it is likely we will see an emergence of new micro-office spaces across the country meaning those people who struggle to work from home or don't wish to commute long distances could work from a hub vs a formal corprorate building space.
According to a CareerBuilder survey, 72% of employers believe that within the next 10 years some roles within talent acquisition will be automated.
Most businesses, however, are a long way from completely wiping out these roles and relying on automation for organisational design.
An experienced consultant is able to uncover an applicant’s suitability for the company, its culture and the role from the start, saving both the business (and the candidate) time and energy
....something that technology doesn’t have the capability of doing at present.
There has been a seismic shift in the number of digital roles companies have been looking to fill.
Digital skills are in high demand and that means those organisations already lucky enough to have top digital talent already in place will want to hold onto it - and those that don't will be working hard to attract it.
The battle to keep ahead in an environment of rapid technological, market and behavioural change has already caused a 'rush to hire' at more junior levels. However, top level digital talent will be crucial for businesses success in 2021 and there will be another hiring boom later in 2021.
A particular trend our sister company, Hannington Tame, has noticed in recent months is the rise of product roles at C-level.
We expect to see an increase in companies hiring for product focused roles such as Chief Digital Officer, Chief Customer Officer, CMO or CTO throughout this year.
Buoyed by 2020 growth in ecommerce and the wider economy not doing so well (compounded by low interest rates and the threat of negative interest rates) we will see a rush to invest in ecommerce related businesses.
The pandemic has really highlighted the lack of solid digital skills across the country.
That's not to say there aren't many individuals out there with extraordinary talent - just that there aren't enough of them.
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