The 21/22 Recruitment Trends You Need to Know About

If there is one thing that we can be certain of, it’s that the recruitment landscape is constantly changing and evolving. The pandemic has forced organisations to face challenges they weren’t yet prepared to. We have analysed the emerging recruitment direction, and it is evident that technology will shape most of next year’s recruitment trends, just like it did this year. In an ever-evolving and tech-driven world, recruiters will inevitably rely on virtual support to successfully manage recruitment processes.


The Rise of Remote Work

Although this might sound like old news at this stage, working from home is one of the recruitment trends that will not fade once we move into a post-covid era.  98% of employees want to have the option of remote work at least some of the week.

The onus is now on HR managers to create an environment that accommodates and enables this new way of working, however, the statistics still show that employers are not sure how to keep their employees productive and engaged.

You can learn more about hiring effective remote workers in our latest guide here.

A hiring process that combines virtual and in-person processes will become increasingly standard due to the associated cost and time savings, according to 70 percent of respondents to a recent LinkedIn survey.

Digital Transformation

Information and data will continue to pile up with remote work and ever-emerging changes that the COVID-19 pandemic is inducing in the world of recruitment. That is why managers will have to thoroughly understand data, budgets, and other essential information for a healthy bottom line. Hence, they will ensure that every strategy aligns with crucial data and reports.

Tools and strategies such as online video interviewing, digital candidate experience, and digital assessment have changed from “nice to have” to ‘business-critical’. 61% of recruiters expecting video interviews to be the default interview mode moving forward – particularly for entry-level candidates. (Forbes)

Opportunities and Challenges in D&I

According to the World Bank, workplace gender equality is one of the values that can help the global economy with up to $225 trillion. Besides, gender and ethnic workplace diversity can increase profitability by up to 33 percent.

The global shift to remote work will likely make recruitment processes more accessible to people previously excluded. This opens up exciting opportunities for creating more diverse and innovative teams, but also brings with it some challenges. Recruiters must understand the new D&I challenges brought on by the shift to remote work to tackle them. For example, knowing that poor audio and video quality creates a bias in the recruitment process might lead to reassessing the value of the video interview in specific recruiting processes. 

The Need For Soft Skills

Skills are the currency of the future. We are in the midst of a national skills shortage that’s predicted to grow to 29 million skills in deficit by 2030. The bulk of these missing skills will be soft skills, with two-thirds of jobs created between now and then expected to be strongly reliant on skills like communication and empathy. To address this skills shortage, recruiters are shifting their focus to hire for the ability to adapt to changing roles in flexible organisational structures.

Employer Branding

A recruitment trend that is only growing with time. Companies with great employer brands receive 50% more qualified applicants and see a 50% reduction in cost-per-hire (McKinsey). With 75% of jobseekers considering an employer’s brand before even applying, an attractive brand may be the difference between finding the perfect person for the role – or losing them to a competitor


In an industry landscape that’s moving at breakneck speed, it’s easy to be anxious about technology and the role it will play in an uncertain future. These trends point to a future of work that’s tech-enabled and automated, but that also uplifts the human aspects of Human Resources. Download the complete guide to 21/22 Recruitment Trends here and stay one step ahead of the inevitable recruitment changes ahead.


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