Three global workplace talent trends to embrace in 2019

Survey reveals employees value soft skills, flexible working and pay transparency as the biggest drivers of workplace happiness and retention.

LinkedIn has released the 2019 Global Talent Trends report, an annual survey of hiring professionals which helps to inform how HR, talent acquisition and business leaders should approach their recruiting strategies for the coming year.

Over 5,100 global talent professionals and hiring leads were surveyed on the changing behaviour of job seekers and the future of work. The trends dominating this year’s report are: the importance of offering flexible working opportunities to candidates; the positive impact of transparency – particularly in relation to pay; and the prioritisation of soft skills in businesses.

  • Nine in 10 UK talent professionals prize soft skills as importantly as hard skills
  • 75% believe flexible working options are key to hiring the right candidates in the future
  • 50% admit that sharing salary ranges and diversity statistics with employees and candidates is very important to the future of recruiting
  • Soft Skills – With the rise of AI/automation changing the job market, 92% of talent professionals and hiring managers agree that candidates with strong soft skills are increasingly important. Eighty two per cent of employers claimed that soft skills are more important to their company’s success than before.
  • Flexible working  – 75% of UK hiring professionals say that offering flexible working – the option for employees to work when and where they’d like – will be ‘very or extremely important’ in the future, with 84% recognising it helps employees have better work/life balance and satisfaction, and 72% agreeing it makes their workforce happier.
  • Pay Transparency – 50% of UK talent professionals say that sharing salary ranges and diversity statistics with both employees and candidates will be important in shaping the future of recruiting and talent as it makes  the hiring process more streamlined, and 72% believe it makes salaries fairer.

With employers being held to a higher standard and employees having access to more information into both the positives and the negatives of companies, more two-way conversations are being embraced—not just because it looks good, but because it’s good for business. You can read the full report here

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