Four Staffing and Recruiting Trends to Consider in 2021 | Key Technical Resources, Inc.

Four Staffing and Recruiting Trends to Consider in 2021

August 11, 2021

Between downsizing and running daily operations over Zoom, last year presented a considerable challenge to businesses of all sizes and across all industries. These challenges continued into 2021 and forced many companies to restructure their entire organizations. With those changes, employee staffing agencies also had to adapt.

This post will cover a few of the ways company recruitment has changed over the past year and what staffing agencies have to focus on in 2021 and beyond.

Clients are priority number one

Forming strong bonds with clients has always been critical to a staffing agency’s success. But with a decline in hiring last year, it’s more important than ever for recruiters to keep close ties with their current clients. A poll conducted by Bullhorn found that 45 percent of recruiting professionals put current client-relationship management as their top priority in 2021.

Of course, engaging candidates and improving candidates’ experience was the second-highest priority at 36 percent.

DEI is more important than ever

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) should’ve always been a priority for company recruitment. But with more businesses being scrutinized for their lack of diversity, they may start relying on staffing agencies to find qualified minority candidates.

As a certified women’s business enterprise, Key Technical Resources, Inc. is lightyears ahead of other staffing agencies when it comes to finding candidates from a variety of different backgrounds.

Remote work is here to stay

Many staffing companies operated at least somewhat remotely before last year’s lockdowns, but COVID-19 made remote work a necessity. In fact, 91 percent of staffing professionals have either adopted or increased video-interviewing conference solutions since the pandemic.

But don’t expect remote strategies to go away anytime soon. Sixty-four percent of respondents in Bullhorn’s survey believed remote jobs will become more common, and 57 percent said complete remote recruiting will be more prevalent in the coming years.

Because remote work can be a challenge for some recruiters, staffing agencies need to keep their employees in mind. Companies need to ensure their employees have all of the right tools, like fast wi-fi and updated video conferencing software.

Companies will emphasize internal hiring

The final thing to keep in mind regarding employee staffing is that companies are starting to prioritize internal hiring and promotions. Data from LinkedIn showed that internal mobility is up 20 percent since the start of 2021. As a result, companies may reduce their recruiting budget and increase their budget for employee learning and development.

This doesn’t mean companies will cut their recruiting budgets altogether. Instead, they may begin looking for more entry-level jobs or contract-to-hire opportunities and develop their new hires’ skillsets once they’re in the organization.

We’re your best bet for recruitment

If your business is hiring, turn to Key Technical Resources, Inc. to find the right candidates for your open positions. With years of experience hiring across all different sectors, we’ve developed a reputation for making high-quality connections when it comes to company recruitment. Contact us today to see what we can do for you and your business.

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