With the UK economy continuing to show signs of strengthening as unemployment drops to its lowest level in 7 years, we know that there are going to be a lot of changes over the next 12 months as roles decrease. With this in mind, Recruitment Solutions have done some research to analyse the future of the market in 2016 and see what trends are likely to come into effect.
- The changes to the customer experience
Like it or not, candidates are now able to talk about the experience of searching for a new job quicker and more directly than ever before. With the introduction of sites such as Indeed and LinkedIn, potential employees now have the luxury of being able to review interview experiences and inform others what it is might be like to work for a particular employer. This means that in 2016 employers are going to need to be careful with their interview process to ensure that the candidate experience is at its highest. Otherwise you could find yourself being on the receiving end of damaging online reviews next year.
- Keywords May Be on the Way Out
Given the way that online recruitment has become the market leading source of new positions, it can be easy to become lazy and rely on programs that remove all the CV’s assigned to a set range of keyword terms. Using programs like this may seem good at the time but they can also delete extremely relevant results that drop out due to a simple line of code.
Because all candidates are different, what one may refer to a type of role to be may be completely different to another. Therefore, we feel that in 2016 recruiters are going to be relying less on individual keywords and more on the complete research process to find relevant candidates. This should create a vetted list of candidates that will bring more satisfactory results for employers.
- Flex work going to become a lot more common
Flex work, often referred to as remote working, has increased considerably over the last few years and it’s now easier than ever to achieve external working conditions with advancements in the internet and remote access. Whilst 20 years ago employers would have been based in the office from 9-5, workers are now based a lot more from home or or are using other locations where a good Wi-Fi connection is present. With the introduction of cloud based software we’re also finding that workers don’t even need to have access to a server, as important files can easily be saved and re-accessed from the cloud.
Because of this and changes in the industry, we’re finding that employers may need to be a little bit more open to employers working arrangements in 2016 and may need to consider offering new employers the option of flex work.