2017 has been an eventful year in the world of Welsh recruitment, with agencies across the country defining new technology as having the biggest impact on the industry. As 2018 approaches, Welsh construction recruitment agency, Rhino Site Services, predicts next year will be nothing but progressive.
As employers work to avoid expensive hiring mistakes, build inclusive workplaces, shrink the skills gap and speed up hiring processes, the Cardiff-based agency believes recruiting and HR professionals should be placing focus on the following trends.
Wi-Fi connections in Wales are improving on a daily basis, resulting in many workers being given the opportunity to work from home. According to a recent survey, 85% of Millennials would rather work from their home than in a traditional office environment; a preference that Welsh start-ups in particular are eager to cater to.
Though many recruiters worry about the breakdown of communication, with the help of Augmented Reality (AR) technology, people in different locations can talk to one another, whilst sharing the same experiences within their video feeds. As a result, employees from all over the world can work in coalition, allowing projects to move forward, regardless of working location.
A.I. has been a hot topic amongst HRs in 2017, something that is by no means set to change next year. Expected to grow and expand even more than anticipated, Artificial Intelligence is to become widely adopted, seeing professionals come to terms with Artificial Intelligence and how it can make their professional lives easier.
2017 has seen a spike in HR managers recognising the need to upskill and train their employees, with 2018 seeing this trend taken even further. From Millennials and remote workers to managers wanting to refreshing their skills, development will be a prominent theme in the 2018 workplace. Today, technology is dominating the majority of L&D projects, with Wales welcoming a host of tech training start-ups that will only aid this trend.
According to a recent research project, a large proportion of Welsh businesses are investing in employee wellbeing. This means, resilience training providers such as RW Learning are much in-demand, having to support Welsh companies as they start to take wellbeing seriously.
When surveying our clients, we found that 50% of those asked are in the transition to offer flexible hours. In addition, over 40% are exploring ways in which they can promote their polices on wellness.
GDPR, a new piece of EU legislation, is set to be rolled out in 2018. Seeking to unify data regulations, the introduction will give people greater control over their personal information; but how will this impact the Welsh recruitment industry?
From the 25th May 2018, an individual's rights will change, seeing people have authority over who has their data and how it is used. Unless recruiters have their explicit consent, potential candidates will have the right to not be subjected to an automated process; a marketing style that recruiters have relied on for many years.
As a result, recruiters will need to do the following:
- Be fully responsible for their data cycle.
- Review existing agreements and procedures
- Actively work with partners and suppliers to become compliant.
- Have an individual that’s responsible for data protection.
So, if you are an agency or an employer looking to recruit next year, be sure to keep these trends in mind.