As we enter a new year of recruiting, let’s have a look at some potential hiring trends for 2018 and how they could impact our customers and IT consultant network in the year ahead.
1. The freelance economy will continue to impact how work gets done
Eventually becoming self-employed is a goal many people strive for and the appeal of flexible hours and working remotely is not really a new hiring trend as it has already become a deciding factor for a lot of quality talent when choosing to accept a job or not.
We predict that organisations will continue to adapt the way they recruit and allocate project workloads in 2018 to not just suit the requirements of this fast-growing network of talent but to ensure efficiency for themselves too.
2. The Increasing use of Artificial Intelligence to streamline workflows
As we continue to hear about the growth of AI and robotics in the workplace, the attitudes towards this technology should be addressed so that instead of worrying that AI will take over jobs, organisations and freelancers can start thinking about how the technology can actually benefit them.
According to software company Adobe, two-thirds of UK office workers already want to work with some sort of AI assistant to help get tasks done and benefit from extra time to focus on other tasks.
3. More adoption of CRM insights to improve relationships with quality talent
Most organisations already use some kind of Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) software to help maintain good relationships with quality candidates. Here at K2, we also have our own customised CRM system to help us maintain relationships with our talent network, as well as our own unique quality check system (REQTM) which has proved integral in our ability to match the best permanent and freelance IT consultants with the right projects.
As the software to gain insights into CRM data improves, we predict it will take even more of an active role in our day to day recruitment processes.
4. A social media presence will become even more essential
Having a presence on social media will be even more important in 2018 as both candidates and recruiters continue to turn to social media and search engines to search for jobs and talent.
Social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter are great for freelance IT consultants looking to promote their personal brands and increase their visibility to recruiters, and with a growing number of people choosing to work self-employed, having a good online presence will become even more essential in helping you stand out from the fast-growing crowd of freelancers in 2018.
What do you think of these trends? Will you be adapting the way you work in 2018? Let us know in the comments below!
Margaret Kelly, Marketing Assistant based at K2 Partnering Solutions HQ in London.