The changing tides of recruitment in 2021

There is an increased appetite for real change following one of the most challenging years in decades. 2020 was a year that companies had to baton down the hatches in the hope they would survive the COVID-19 storm. Despite accessing the UK furlough scheme, many employers across various sectors still had to make tough decisions and cull their workforce whilst other companies seen their employment increase.

Despite business confidence returning to the UK and the economy improving in the first quarter of 2021, the pandemic has significantly altered the dynamics of the UK job market.  Employers are now having to address their recruitment gaps focusing on the year ahead as they get their business back on a growth trajectory. 

Virtual hiring is here to stay

For many HR departments and recruitment teams adjusting to a virtual hiring process has been a key challenge. Despite the initial hurdles of technology and connectivity the majority of employers and recruitment agencies believe that virtual hiring is here to stay. According to LinkedIn Insights 81% of talent professionals agree that virtual recruiting will continue post COVID-19. 

Failure to plan is planning to fail

Workforce planning has always been key to successful organisation and will remain critical for business as they navigate their way out of the pandemic. With business goals and objectives shifting more rapidly than ever before businesses are faced with managing a constantly changing workforce, making talent planning essential in 2021.

Company culture takes the spotlight

According to Robert Half International 91% of managers believe that cultural fit is more important than skills and experience. 35% of workers would refuse a job offer if the company culture does not meet their expectations even if the role is a perfect match. Company culture is important not only for your employees’ general happiness and engagement, but for your business’s stability.  

 Diversity and Inclusion unite us

A diverse and inclusive employer is an important factor for many job seekers and has many advantages over companies that do not advertise their D&I policies. A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that makes everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the business, feel equally involved in and supported in all areas of the workplace. Candidates still have employment choices and see the benefits in working for an employer who has clear diversity and inclusion strategy.

Employers, recruiters, and talent acquisition specialists are being forced to look beyond 2021. In the continually changing recruitment landscape it even more essential to be equipped with the right processes, systems, skills, people  and channels to effectively navigate the current trends to survive and thrive.