Recruitment trends are constantly evolving, shaped by technological advancements, economic changes, and shifting social norms. The UK procurement and supply chain job market is no exception, with several trends emerging, or continuing to be at the forefront that are likely to impact how procurement and supply chain companies recruit and retain top talent.
From AI and automation to new recruitment processes, read on to discover some of the top UK recruitment trends for 2023 and beyond.
Greater focus on candidate experience
One of the most significant trends likely to shape recruitment this year is the increasing focus on the candidate experience. Candidates are no longer satisfied with simply submitting their CVs and waiting for a response; they want a more personalised and engaging experience that reflects the company's culture and values.
To cater to this demand, companies are likely to invest more in their recruitment process to make it more streamlined, engaging, and efficient. This may include incorporating video interviews, chatbots, and other technology-based tools to provide a more interactive and personalised experience for candidates.
Moreover, companies are likely to have an increased focus on employer branding and promoting their company culture to attract top talent. By creating a strong employer brand, companies can differentiate themselves from their competitors and attract the best candidates who share their values and goals.
Increased use of AI and automation
Another trend that will continue to shape the job market is the increasing use of AI and automation in the recruitment process. AI-powered tools can help streamline the recruitment process, from screening CVs to conducting initial interviews. This not only saves time and resources but also helps eliminate unconscious bias in the recruitment process.
With the help of AI-powered tools, recruiters can quickly sift through large numbers of CVs to identify the most suitable candidates for a particular role. Additionally, AI-powered chatbots can conduct initial interviews and provide candidates with feedback on their suitability for a particular role.
However, it is important to note that AI-powered tools are not a replacement for human recruiters. AI should be used to augment the recruitment process, not replace it entirely. Recruiters should still be involved in the recruitment process to ensure that candidates are treated fairly and to provide a personal touch that AI cannot replicate.
Focus on diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion have been hot topics in the recruitment world for some time now, and this trend is likely to continue in 2023. Companies are increasingly aware of the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workforce, including improved creativity, innovation, and productivity.
To attract and retain a diverse range of candidates, companies are likely to implement blind hiring practices, expand outreach to underrepresented groups, and provide training to hiring managers on unconscious bias. Companies are also likely to invest in diversity and inclusion programs to create a more inclusive culture and ensure that all employees feel valued and supported.
One potential challenge with prioritising diversity and inclusion in hiring is that it can be difficult to measure the success of your efforts. While diversity metrics such as the percentage of female or minority hires can be tracked, it's harder to measure whether these hires are truly feeling valued and included in the workplace.
To address this challenge, some companies use employee engagement surveys and other tools to track the experiences of diverse employees and make any necessary changes.
Increased demand for technological expertise
The supply chain industry is undergoing significant changes, driven by advances in technology, globalisation, and sustainability concerns. These changes are also impacting the supply chain recruitment landscape, with new roles and skill sets emerging.
Technology is increasingly driving supply chain operations, from automation and robotics to the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain. In 2023, supply chain recruitment will be focused on hiring professionals with strong technological expertise, including data analytics, Cloud computing, and AI. These skills will be essential for optimising supply chain operations and enhancing efficiency.
Increased focus on employee well-being
Employee wellbeing has become an increasingly important issue in recent years. Organisations are recognising that employee wellbeing is critical to productivity and retention and are implementing policies and initiatives to support their employees' mental and physical health.
Some of these initiatives may include offering mental health support, providing healthy food options in the workplace, promoting a good work-life balance, and creating a supportive and inclusive work culture. By prioritising employee well-being, companies can create a positive work environment that fosters employee engagement and loyalty.
As with many business sectors, the procurement and supply chain sector is experiencing significant changes and recruitment will need to adapt to these trends. This year employers should focus on seeking out professionals with strong technological expertise, sustainability skills, and soft skills, as well as a commitment to continuous learning and development.
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