No crystal ball required, here’s the 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report


LinkedIn surveyed over 8,800 recruiters and hiring managers to reveal what they feel the largest hiring themes will be for this year.

At Ri5, we quite like new year predictions. We’ve even collected some our own here. But we’re always interested to find out what others have got to say – making the release of the annual LinkedIn Global Recruiting Trends report very apt.

LinkedIn’s panel of resourcing professionals were spread across 39 countries. And together, their biggest hiring concerns centred around diversity, reinventing the interview process, data usage and artificial intelligence.

Let’s start with diversity. With 82% of UK hiring managers listing diversity as their top trend for 2018, it’s clear it’s an issue that’s being taken seriously. Companies see that having a diverse workforce has a direct link to an improved culture (78%) and boosted company performance (62%). Yet it’s not always straight-forward. Nearly 38% are globally struggling to find diverse candidates to interview and 27% finding it difficult to retain diverse employees.

They’re also really focussed on reinventing the job interview, with many flagging that traditional interviewing methods are under review. 49% of UK respondents said that changes to interview techniques are ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ important to the future of hiring. And the issues they wanted to address in particular at interview were assessing a candidate’s soft skills (63%), understanding their weaknesses (57%) and interviewer bias (42%). It opens the way for new interviewing methodologies, including virtual reality assessments (28%), meeting in casual settings (53%) and job auditions (54%) all being cited as avenues they wanted to pursue. 

Data is also something those surveyed were keen to use to best effect, with nearly two-fifths (38%) seeing it as one of the most important factors in the hiring process. 64% are using data for things like increased retention, evaluating skills and building better offers - but within the next two years, 79% aim to use data in their hiring process.

And finally… AI. 28% of UK respondents said AI is the most important trend for 2018, helping them source, screen and nurture candidates - saving time and helping to remove any human bias. Yet they’re not overly concerned about the impact AI will have on their jobs, with only 14% think it will eliminate the recruiter’s job. This is because they envisage that AI is unlikely to replace skills such as building relationships, seeing candidate potential and judging culture fit.

Jon Addison, Head of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn UK, said “Over the past few years, hiring talent has become a repetitive, and sometimes transactional, process. But there is a shift happening, and these emerging trends are helping to elevate recruitment to a more strategic profession that focuses on the most important and gratifying parts of the job - the human part and thinking critically about how to win the right talent. It’ll be a keen finger on the pulse with these trends that will help recruiters stay alive in our ever-evolving market.”


Thursday, 18 January 2018

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No crystal ball required, here’s the 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report