Flexible working and greater use of tech top the list
Recruiters predict a greater demand for better pay, flexible working, a greater reliance on tech, and a positive working culture in 2023. This is according to new research by digital payroll solution Cool Company. The research also revealed that 25% of recruiters believe businesses will rely more on the contract workforce in the coming months.
According to the study, flexible, tech-driven working lies on the horizon. The research found that 53% of recruiters agree that flexible working is the main priority of current job candidates
A further 50% said we would see a greater reliance on technology – including remote interviewing (40%). Diversity and inclusion were also high on the list at 39%.
Twenty-five percent of agencies believe there will be greater demand for the contract workforce, with 58% saying they experienced a significant uplift in overseas contractor placements last year. A further 35% suggested an increase in contractors working remotely in the UK.
Almost half of the recruiters surveyed believe that one of the best ways to attract top talent is flexible working, including remote working. A further 40% suggest hybrid working is a key benefit. In addition, one in five recruiters think that the global talent shortage will continue to be a challenge for businesses in 2023, suggesting that anything that gives a competitive edge must be considered.
Other projected talent-grabbing trends included increasing employee benefits (43%) and creating a positive working culture (40%). Increased pay is, of course, always a factor (50%).
Kris Simpson, Country Manager UK at Cool Company, comments: “The UK employment scene is facing something of a perfect storm at the moment. With a global talent shortage and a local cost of living crisis, employers are having to do a lot to both retain their existing employees and attract new talent to their businesses.
‘The contract workforce has the potential to provide the answer to that problem. With highly skilled professionals available more or less on demand. But like employees, contractors are looking for a better work-life balance, meaning that placements that allow for remote working are a lot more appealing. While competitive remuneration remains a key draw.”