5 Shifts in Hiring Trends 2021
July 27, 2021 by Snehil Sharma
The last year 2020 has changed a lot in the recruitment industry. Across the globe, COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted our personal and professional lives. While the world is still going through the vaccination process, the organizations seem to have picked up momentum after the initial slowdown.
As the demand for talent will come back in a few months, it will put pressure on the talent acquisition team and other staffing agencies. It is essential to understand the key trends that are shaping the hiring processes in 2021. If you are looking to optimize your hiring processes and maximize output, you must know some top trends.
1. AI and Automation
Through AI and Automation, you can now automate almost all stages of the hiring process. High-volume employers like Amazon and many large retailers are already doing this, which allows them to staff up for seasonal recruitment and special events. Manual screening of resumes is a time-consuming task for HR managers and recruiters. AI tools will take away the burden of going through numerous resumes and shortlisting candidates with just one click. This will save recruiters time and increase their productivity. Chatbots are another form of AI that helps recruiters solve candidates' queries and provide them with a positive candidate experience.
2. Diversity In Hiring
According to Monster's search, diversity, equality, and inclusion are essential Monster's search. Nowadays organizations are more intentional about ramping up their diversity and inclusion efforts to show solidarity to their underrepresented employees. Technology is a boon when it comes to diverse recruitment. With the right tools, HR professionals can bring powerful strategies that can help them to bring diversity in recruitment.
3. In-Demand Job Hiring
In 2021, recruitment is all set to change. Before going on about how recruitment will change the future, you have to gain some knowledge about future hiring trends in other countries. For example: In France, personal care for the elderly is forecasted to rise due to a solid demographic trend of the aging population. The IT sector in France will also evolve in the coming years.
Another hiring trend in different countries is co-employment or HR outsourcing to the service of a PEO such as PEO in Canada for instance.
Whereas in Germany, there will be a great demand for medical staff once things go back to normal. Germans have also seen an excellent stabilization in shipping and delivery products. So, HR professionals will be needed not only for hiring but also to develop new skill sets to compete with the new demand of jobs in the market.
4. The Rise in Project-Based Hiring
Due to the pandemic, organizations are moving towards freelancing or project-based. For the last two years, working from home is the new normal, where recruiters are also free to hire the top talent across the globe. This will also provide opportunities for employers to take up projects on a short-term basis. Organizations have started recruitment from platforms such as UpWork, Fiverr, etc. The increased hiring from such platforms will bring project-based outsourcing to its peak.
5. Upskilling To Fill Hard-to-Fill Positions
COVID-19 has turned the economy upside down, which has sped up the skill gaps. Many job openings remain unclosed. So how can recruiters fill these positions? The answer is ‘Upskilling.’ Recruiters must start taking the help of data and technology to upgrade their current employees. 87% of employers say they struggle to fill positions due to a skills gap. In such a scenario, training and upskilling of current employees would significantly help bridge the skill gap. This will help recruiters to provide existing employees a meaningful new career and growth opportunities within the organization.
COVID-19 has changed the face of recruitment in the last 18 months. Undoubtedly, 2022 will be the year where HR professionals have to take a long look at their hiring policies for a smooth transition and sustainable growth. Contact us to know how RChilli can help you to grow in these challenging times.