Within the recruitment industry, 2017 was the year which signaled the rise of the robots, with AI and automation technologies taking precedence. We also welcomed a serious focus on workplace diversity and the exposition of unconscious bias. This year showed that the industry is rapidly adopting new technologies and is showing positive signs of change with more investment in training and a focus on equality and inclusion.
As we come to the end of a great year we look to what recruitment in 2018 holds for both job seekers and employers. One thing’s for sure, the year will see some game-changers in the recruitment space as well as an acceleration of those known trends we have just got to grips with.
Here’s our list of five key trends to keep your eye on:
AI Technology – Bye Bye Humans
Throughout the past year, the words artificial intelligence has probably been ringing in the ears of most HR and recruitment professionals. Once seen as ‘next-gen’ technology, AI is set to grow and expand rapidly in the year ahead, with people beginning to understand how it can make their professional lives easier.
Not only has AI improved the quality of screening candidates, it has also reduced recruiter bias (unconscious bias) by focusing on candidate skills rather than demographic. This allows recruiters to focus on the more important aspects of their day-to-day work, ultimately increasing their efficiency.
But how do candidates feel about this shift? Whilst they still prefer human interaction first and foremost, it’s become widely accepted that it isn’t possible at every touchpoint. We predict that recruitment in 2018 will see a change, with candidates far more open to communicating using alternative methods, such as chat bots and social media messaging, if it means speeding up the recruitment process.
Continuous Learning – Combatting The Skills Gap
Whether you want to learn new trends or up-skill, continuous learning is becoming more widely accepted. HR managers recognise that training employee’s costs less than recruiting a new starter, and for candidates this is a big attraction towards a company. When it comes to learning, there should never be an end date as for any worker, it’s important they continually develop their skills and knowledge.
Gone are the days where people wholly rely on their school or university education to get them through their profession – no market is static. With the skills gap in the UK reaching crisis point – both candidates and employers should be on the lookout to enhance their skillsets and workforce, as it is an essential part in the UK being able to deliver the pipeline of projects (Hinkley Point C and HS2) that are key to the country’s economic growth.
Adrian Adair, our Ops Director discusses skills in relation to Hinkley Point C, here.
Remote Working – The Future Of Employment?
Recruitment in 2018 will see more and more companies offering remote working as one of their perks – and why not? Candidates, especially millennials, love it. It’s evident there are some great positives to working remotely – being free from distractions increases concentration and research suggests the work-life balance is significantly improved by having more flexibility.
However, with many people working remotely full-time missing team comradery, which has the opposite effect on well-being.
Social Media – Get On Board, It’s Going Nowhere