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People first: recruitment and hiring viewed as most challenging issue for 2021

Though there are significantly less jobs and candidates than a year ago, recruitment still ranks right at the top of the priority list among HR professionals. New research by XpertHR shows that 66% view recruitment as the number one issue for 2021.

Jasper Spanjaart on January 08, 2021 Average reading time: 3 min
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People first: recruitment and hiring viewed as most challenging issue for 2021

The catering industry, the travelling industry and the cultural sector — they all struggled their way through the last three quarters of 2020. But as much as their struggles were clear for all to see, recruitment also saw its fair share of jabs and punches, to put it mildly. The total amount of new jobs decreased rapidly, while many organisations even moved toward a total hiring freeze. Though we’re slowly seeing some positive signs for 2021, recruitment and hiring is still placed firmly at the top of HR’s priority list.

XpertHR recently conducted a thorough research among 563 large organisations in the US, that combine for a total of nearly 1 million employees. Their conclusion? It’s the most challenging issue for 2021. In total, 66% of all organisations calls it either ‘somewhat’ or ‘very challenging. While things like workforce planning, workplace health & safety, employee leaves are all left behind around a 50% margin.

“Recruiting and hiring efforts will be key for attracting talent and ramping up operations.”

Moreover, 48% expected its total number of employees to grow, while just 10% expected that number to drop — that they would have to eliminate positions. The remaining 42% expected no change, or still had its doubts. “After COVID-19 rocked the economy in 2020, employers won’t want to miss out on any potential recovery in 2021, especially if a vaccine is successful in containing the virus”, says Andrew Hellwege, Surveys Editor, XpertHR. “Recruiting and hiring efforts will be key for attracting talent and ramping up operations.”

Diversity and inclusion: ‘let’s talk about it’

Beyond worries about recruiting and hiring, XpertHR also set out to determine what measures employers are planning for next year for another key topic for 2021: increasing diversity and inclusion at their organisations. Every employer was provided nine options, but communications to the workforce about DEI was the top choice with 52%.

In lieu of the protests against systemic racism, Hellwege says that it should be a top priority for organisations in 2021.

Internal communications ranked just before surveys (45%), unconscious bias training (39%), while only 39% set out to analyse its recruiting and hiring practices. “Employers should consider assessing their policies to ensure their workplace promotes diversity and inclusion”, says Hellwege. In lieu of the protests against systemic racism, Hellwege says that it should be a top priority for organisations in 2021.

 

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