Last year recruiters had to battle an incredibly competitive hiring landscape, a shortage of IT talent and sky-rocketing salaries for in-demand roles. Those trends are likely to continue into 2018 as recruiters continue to adapt to the high-demand, low supply hiring landscape.
Candidate and Employee Experiences
Companies have always created marketing experiences for customers, and prospects, in order to delight them, increase loyalty and grow their revenues. With the war for talent reaching a new high, it is extremely important for companies to develop experiences for both candidates and employees. The companies that are able to provide a better candidate and employee experience as compared to others in the industry are more likely to win the war on talent.
Companies are going to have to get creative in looking for candidates in new markets because the pool of IT talent in specific geographic settings may run dry. Unfortunately, many of the identified candidates will be unable to relocate. That’s why we’ll see an increase in more flexible staffing arrangements, telecommuting, freelance, and contract staffing by IT recruiting firms to fill out vital positions.
In 2018 companies across all industries will increasingly seek help finding IT candidates that can adapt or even seek flexible staffing arrangements. In fact, many developers have fallen into the “gig economy”; freelancing their services under contract staffing arrangements.
The gig economy has become a major trend impacting the global workforce and has created a new kind of diversity, with full-time permanent employees working side-by-side with freelancers. As more companies hire on-demand to solve key problems and cut costs by removing healthcare coverage, and other employee benefits, more freelancers, and full-time workers will need to work together. With many freelancers working at remote offices, the ability to manage without borders is going to become a critical skill globally.
Employers are willing to offer great compensation for candidates who possess skills such as programming and software developing, the latter of which is also a vital skill for a successful career in the industry.Other highly valued skills that make candidates stand out are cybersecurity expertise and cloud technology knowledge.
Specific in-demand skills are prized for their importance to digital transformation, and as such, an IT staffing trend to be aware of is focusing on landing candidates who possess these skills and retaining them.
The Importance of Online Profiles and Code Examples Increases
More hiring managers are paying attention to potential employees LinkedIn pages, GitHub accounts, or other coding examples. IT professionals are aware of this and a lot of them are stepping up their online profile game to give employers further insights into their talents and abilities beyond what a resume can convey.
Organizations restructure to focus on team over individual performance
One of the fascinating trends, despite the rise of the gig economy, is the emphasis on teamwork regardless of employment situation, industry or politics in a company. While individuals have their own career agenda, companies are now structured with teams because high performing teams will enable them to compete for the future.
Employers partnered with a recruitment firm will have a distinct advantage over passive candidates because IT recruiters know how to reach out to them. These candidates are appreciative of companies who engage them on their terms and that are conscious and invested in their IT departments
Savvy recruiters can harness the power of AI and bots to streamline much of the administrative, tedious aspects of their job to free up time for developing relationships and forming better bonds with candidates and clients.
The good news is that this will lead to better performance from recruiters. Their time will free up so that they can really get to know the intricacies of clients and candidates and focus on the human side of recruiting.
Offering work-life balance
As independent contracting becomes ever-more embedded in our job economy—particularly when it comes to IT jobs—tech employees have become more concerned about maintaining work-life balance.
Traditional hiring managers in large businesses have a more established corporate workflow that takes more time to change. The increasing demand for today’s decreasing IT talent is going to require more creativity and flexibility than most corporate settings allow.
Adapting to the challenges
Ample job opportunities and a lack of qualified candidates defined the IT market in 2017 and it’s expected to do the same the year of 2018. But these IT hiring trends outlined are emerging to help attract top technical talent and deal with yet another competitive year for companies who need to hire the IT professionals.