Hiring Trends 2022

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Before the COVID-19 outbreak, advancements in technology and innovative working models altered how organisations sourced and hired talent. The pandemic has accelerated this dynamism. As with the ever-evolving work environment, new skillsets are in demand, and key trends such as diversity and inclusion are more prevalent than ever.

LinkedIn‘s analysis of work trends in 15 countries notes that the most in-demand positions in 2021 can be done remotely, and 150 million new technology positions will emerge in the next five years. Business leaders maintain a sharp focus on digital transformation and the increase in digital skills across sectors. Scott Engler, Gartner Vice President (VP) of Advisory, states that the COVID-19 pandemic has escalated digital initiatives into digital imperatives.

Digital skills are now considered essential entry requirements. Thus, professionals with particular and advanced digital skills are in demand. The World Economic Forum’s Future of Job Report 2020 and LinkedIn reflect that the most in-demand jobs for 2021 require digital skills like software development, data analytics and digital marketing. However, as reported by Monster’s Future of Work: 2021 Global Outlook, a top challenge that employers have faced in the year, is finding candidates with the required skills.

In confronting critical skills needs, recruitment must remain in tune with the top hiring trends. An increased willingness to rethink traditional methods will allow an organisation to retain long-term competitive advantages.

Locally, a 2022 report by Michael Page on hiring trends reveals which professional positions and skills are in high demand across various sectors in South Africa. Developed as a guideline for hiring managers and job seekers, it focuses on engineering, finance, human resources (HR), technology and sales, and others.

While South Africa faces the highest unemployment rate globally, the country saw a drastic rise in recruitment assignments compared to the previous year for mid to senior management level positions during Quarter 1 (Q1). Michael Page has pinpointed five in-demand job positions in the different sectors and the key skills required:

Engineering and Manufacturing

  1. Head of Engineering
  2. Project Director
  3. Quality Assurance/ Control Manager

Skillsets in-demand:

  • Quality assurance or control
  • Project management
  • Maintenance and prevention

Finance and Accounting

  1. Commercial Finance Manager
  2. Tax-oriented roles
  3. Accountant

Skillsets in-demand:

  • Commercial finance
  • Africa market experience
  • Technical accounting

Procurement and Supply Chain

  1. Supply Chain Planner
  2. Demand Planner
  3. Logistics Manager

Skillsets in-demand:

  • Demand planning
  • Supply chain planning
  • Warehouse management

Sales and Marketing

  1. Business Development Manager
  2. Marketing Manager
  3. Brand Manager

Skillsets in-demand:

  • Adaptability
  • Curiosity
  • Warehouse management

Technology

  1. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  2. Data Scientist
  3. Cybersecurity

Skillsets in-demand:

  • Cloud computing
  • Data analysis and insights
  • Cybersecurity

No matter the industry, change remains the only constant. In understanding the current trends, your organisation is better equipped to confront challenges while recruiting top talent and maintaining competitiveness in 2021 and the forthcoming years.

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Professional Sourcing can assist with the recruitment process during and after the pandemic. Our team has a strong reputation for recruitment expertise within our specialisation areas.

Professional Sourcing can assist with the recruitment process during and after the pandemic. Our team has a strong reputation for recruitment expertise within our specialisation areas. Visit prosourcing.co.za for more info.

Professional Sourcing has a strong reputation for highly developed recruitment expertise within our specialisation areas. We develop strong long-term relationships with our loyal clients. Allow us to help you deal with your frustrations of a lengthy hiring process.

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