Published: 23rd August 2023
Building on discussions at the ERF’s TalentCon events in Dublin and Cork, Tom Hadley takes stock of the changing role and remit of the recruitment profession
The recruitment scene is being shaken up like never before. And these pumping new vibes are being energised by a radical remix of the skills and service levels underpinning the profession. My previous blog looked at how recruitment is moving from a career of chance to a career of choice; let’s now hone-in on how the skills agenda can add tempo to this metamorphosis.
According to the World Economic Forum, 1 billion people will need to upskill and reskill in the next decade, almost one third of all jobs worldwide. And recent LinkedIn data shows that the skills that employees need for a given position have shifted by around 25% since 2015 and by 2027 that number is expected to double. So, recruitment is not alone when it comes to seismic shifts on the skills arena. And this creates a unique opportunity to add new ‘frills’ to an already proud and pulsating profession.
Looking ahead, the focus is on how we can make the most of this perception and professionalisation reboot. Here are five factors that will drive future progress on the skills and frills agenda:
In setting the tone for the TalentCon event in Cork, ERF Chief Executive Geraldine King underlined the recruitment profession’s role as a ‘knowledge hub’ on all labour market and employment-related matters. This has become a recurring and rousing refrain. And continuing to up the ante on industry-wide up-skilling - despite a volatile and uncertain external landscape - will amplify this message in Ireland and across all corners of the globe. In the words of the award-winning artist and film director Jordan Hoechlin: “It never gets easier, you just get better”.
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Tom Hadley is an independent workforce and campaigns consultant, working with the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as with recruitment firms and business leaders across the world. He also delivers bespoke communication training and keynote talks on the future of work. Tom is one of the judges of this year’s ERF Awards.