January is officially over, and 2023 is underway. It brings plenty of opportunities for businesses to address their recruitment challenges and seek out innovative solutions to ensure they have the right people in place to drive success this year.
With the UK economy still shrouded in uncertainty, many businesses have frozen their recruitment plans for the short term. Other companies are restructuring and streamlining key functions in their businesses to make them more agile.
On the whole, the markets are still very much in favour of candidates, with high competition for skills and experience.
Here’s a look at some key recruitment trends that look set to dominate the next 12 months.
- Remote Hiring and Working: as the preference for remote working has risen, so too has virtual hiring. Companies will prioritise virtual recruitment methods such as video interviews, online assessments, and virtual onboarding which will allow them to recruit from a wider talent pool.
- Employee Referral Programmes: Employee referrals are a reliable and cost-effective way of finding candidates, particularly in entry-mid level roles. Companies that struggle to fill large resourcing gaps are expected to enhance their employee referral programmes by offering incentives and using technology to streamline the referral process.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Companies that place greater emphasis on DEI in 2023 are more likely to attract and retain talent and engage with a diverse customer base. Building a diverse team is only one step on the ladder. Enabling equity and inclusion across different groups is what makes the difference.
- Employer Branding: With candidates firmly in the driving seat, businesses will need to focus on developing and promoting their employer brand if they’re going to attract top talent. This includes highlighting the company’s values, culture, and benefits across a range of channels such as social media, job adverts and employee advocacy.
- Contingent Workforce Management: The use of independent contractors, gig workers, and temporary workers is expected to increase in 2023 to fill the urgent need for skills in many cases. Integrating contingent workers into a business comes with its own challenges which businesses will need to consider and plan for accordingly.
The recruitment landscape is constantly evolving, and 2023 promises to bring new and exciting trends as well as the inevitable challenges. Companies that stay ahead of the curve by embracing technology, DEI, and employee experience will have a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining top talent.
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