As 2020 winds down, there is a push to adapt intelligently and digitally with new hiring and recruitment trends emerging in every sector. This year has been tumultuous, and some changes are likely to stay permanently. Here are 6 ways of trends that will affect Recruitment in 2021 and beyond.


It goes without saying that working from home is set to become standard for many employees, well into 2021 and perhaps permanently. Many surveys found that two-thirds of remote workers wanted to continue working from home, and just more than half would prefer it as their main mode of employment.

This is a massive chance for being able to hire certain top talent that used to be off the cards because of inconvenient work locations. It could even mean being able to hire top talent from overseas for certain roles. Overall, there is no doubt that people will be seeking more work flexibility – and the exposure to more global opportunities that come with it.


Given the fact that a new hire is more likely to be assessed from a distance rather than in person, this may explain the rising demand for psychometric tests in addition to standard (online) interviews.

As the world of work grows more complex, methods of employer talent assessment have grown in complexity, too. Using scientifically-backed, data-driven psychometric testing saves you time and zooms in on ideal candidates faster.


Not only is it important to assess relevant skills in real-time with the use of psychometric tests, but there is also a rising focus on the soft skills that candidates bring to the table. Communication, problem-solving, and collaboration have always been important, but in a post-pandemic world, they are non-negotiable.

Employees in every sector need a range of overlapping skills, such as new media literacy, virtual collaboration, responsive and proactive thinking, cross-cultural competency, social intelligence, and systems thinking.


Employers have already had to adapt standard hiring procedures to an online format. Conducting online interviews is not a real impediment to effective hiring and has proven to work very well. Crystal-clear communication is essential, slow down, smile more, and build in plenty of time to troubleshoot any technical or connectivity troubles before you start.


With COVID many organisations have put their hiring plans on hold, economies are shrinking, and the unemployment rate is rising. Over the last few weeks, we finally see more recruitment action happening in the market, which is great. However, by now there are many more people in the market than roles available (At least in some areas). This leads to clients being more selective as they can choose from a bigger pool of candidates when filling a role.

There will also be some roles, especially in the digital marketing and data analytics space where talent is scarce – despite and especially because of COVID. These people will be in high demand moving forward and they will be getting plenty of opportunities offered in 2021 and beyond.


This is one trend that was in swing even before the pandemic. Recruiting on social media platforms is no longer supplemental, and almost 85% of companies now say they use this channel with success. Understand that your competitors will be on these sites courting potential talent. But it’s no longer enough to simply advertise a position on LinkedIn, for example; it’s up to savvy recruiters to cultivate smart relationships that proactively engage candidates individually.

Moving into 2021, there’s no doubt that companies have to adjust their normal methods when it comes to sourcing and hiring the best talent they can, to stay viable in an increasingly competitive and volatile market.

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