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Digital Recruitment Trends 2016

The Digital Recruitment industry is constantly changing and it is so important, now more than ever, to keep on top of it all, especially as technology continues to evolve and plays an increasingly important part in the way businesses approach their search and hiring process.

One trend that has always been prevalent and shows no sign of slowing down is that of Perm vs Freelance. This has continuously been a hot topic of conversation in the industry, with candidates and with clients alike. More and more people are jumping ship and leaving the ‘security’ of a Permanent role to go freelance.  The lure of extremely high day rates would be tempting for most people to make the move; however, in the past there has often been a worry of where the next job is going to come from.

Nowadays this worry has significantly subsided due to the fact that the market is so saturated and freelancers can basically pick and choose not only what jobs they want to take on but when they want to work. We often speak to candidates who specifically want short term contracts and then they go off on holiday for a few months and come back and do the same again! The tech and engineering industry is a classic example of this – as the world continues to embrace and invest in technology, there is always going to be something else to learn.

Something which I feel should be addressed, which unfortunately hasn’t yet been, is the lack of training from companies for Mid-Senior level candidates who are already in the business. As more and more “millennials” are becoming aware of and interested in jobs within digital and are going on to study relevant courses at University, means that people who are already experienced in the industry can be overlooked by, for example, an Agency wanting to have a young, fresh graduate in who has spent the last 3 or 4 years day in day out learning the latest curriculum rather than having to train someone already within the company.

One of the most recent trends and one that I think is so good for this industry is that of people moving over from other fields into digital. As more people are starting to understand and show an interest in Digital and Technology, it has become appealing to those who had initially gone down a different path. The phrase ‘transferrable skills’ is thrown around a lot and is one which is not always taken seriously; however, it is completely valid! A lot of jobs within the industry these days can be picked up pretty quickly e.g Project Management (a lot of recruiters go on to be Project Managers!) or learnt from doing a 2 week intensive course e.g coding. It is never too late and I think people are starting to realise that.

Industry talks and events are so readily available and accessible to anyone these days so, my advice to someone who was considering a switch in career would be to go and start learning. They are often free so there is no excuse! It can also give you great exposure to some very well known, highly regarded professionals in their field and it is a great opportunity to network.

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