It’s that time of year again when we take stock of what 2016 gave us in the way of opportunities and challenges and look ahead to see what 2017 has to offer. LinkedIn has recently produced a comprehensive report (Global Recruiting Trends 2017) looking at key trends in global recruitment. We thought it would be useful to share the top 3 trends as you look ahead to your year in recruitment and HR

Hire volume increasing

Although the report indicates that budgets will remain flat, it suggests that global numbers are very positive and hire volume will increase. However, there will be a slowing down in overall growth year on year. In the UK, 58% of recruiters (compared to 56% globally) say that their hire volume will increase in 2017.

Employer branding & company culture

“80% of talent leaders agree that employer brand has a significant impact on their ability to hire great talent”. More and more candidates are looking at employer branding and culture as part of their quest for a suitable role. Although recruiters see the correlation, budgetary constraints and difficulty in proving ROI on branding spend means that in reality, a very small proportion of the recruitment budget is apportioned to employer branding. Instead, many recruiters are looking to the marketing department to support them with a strong social media presence to present a positive company culture. It has been shown that the most effective messaging for grabbing candidates attention focused on ‘culture and values’ and ‘perks and benefits’.

Engineering talent in Top 3

Engineering talent continues to be some of the most sort after, with Sales and Operations taking the first and second spots respectively. Due to fierce competition to attract talent with this particular skillset, 2017 will see employers and recruiters having to take a more strategic approach in locating and attracting these candidates. The report suggests that they will be placing even more emphasis on tailored attraction techniques using highly customized and targeted employer content.

The report noted that larger companies selected ‘time to hire’ as their top metric when measuring success, while businesses with under 200 employees overwhelmingly picked ‘length of time’ a new hire stays. So, if you have a vacancy that you are looking to fill, why not give us a call and let us find the perfect candidate match for your business, saving you valuable time.

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