The latest news and advice from our recruitment experts.
If the recruitment industry in 2016 has been characterised by the ongoing global skills shortage and big data, 2017 is looking at an explosion of new technologies to make use of this data through artificial intelligence and put it to good use.A backdrop of the increased automation of many lower-skilled jobs and a lack of skills necessary to fill demand at the higher-skilled end of the market means the workforce is struggling to keep up. And, according to QJumpers General Manager Simon Oldham, this shift is making recruitment tougher and tougher.
“Companies will have to be more creative with their recruitment strategies to get themselves ahead of the competition,” he says. “As the number of lower skilled jobs decrease and the number of roles for building robots, programming and designing the very systems that are replacing the lower skilled jobs increases, the demand will get higher and higher and recruitment will get tougher and tougher.”
2016 marked QJumpers major announcement that it is moving into the US recruitment market in 2017, and already lessons learnt from that new market are influencing how QJumpers predicts recruitment will change in New Zealand.
Current sectors that are finding it tough to recruit necessary skills include IT (although there’s now a shift to a greater shortage of front-end developers than back-end developers), civil engineering (for our ongoing large infrastructure projects), trades and financial services.
“There has to be more retraining of the existing workforce,” Simon says. “Especially in the US, they’re really struggling to find the right applicants so they are putting more and more focus on keeping people. A big theme in recruitment for 2017 is a major focus on employee engagement, training them to perform different roles and upskilling them so that workers are happy with their careers and won’t leave.”
So against this background, here are Simon’s key trends to watch out for in the 2017 recruitment industry.
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