Future-proofing your candidate’s skills

In-House Recruiting, Recruitment Strategies
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Set against the backdrop of ever increasing automation in the workplace, as a recruiter it’s time to ask yourself what you can do to future proof your candidate’s skills.

Candidates are concerned. Have you ever asked yourself if their job could easily be done by a robot? You’re not alone. Almost three-quarters (71%) of candidates feel that they will need to upgrade their skills to manage automation processes or change jobs in the near future. For these candidates, it is important that they look at future-proofing their career path and developing new skills.

In our recent whitepaper – Automation age: A Look at the Changing Workplace – we take a look at how automation is being used in the recruitment industry. This blog looks at what you need to know about the impact of automation on future skills:

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Are candidates concerned about automation?

The fear that automation could negatively impact future jobs is clear to see. When looking at concerns surrounding automation impacting on career paths as part of our research, we found that candidates are worried about:

  1. Job loss (49%)
  2. Skills becoming obsolete (37%)
  3. Loss of the most enjoyable part of their job (27%)
  4. Limited opportunities for progression (27%)
  5. Salary will reduce (26%)

The message is clear: candidates must continue to develop their skills in order to stay relevant., Myles Allan, Principle Consultant, Avenue Recruitment, has already noticed the impact and notes that this must serve as a warning to the industry, “The sheer pace that technology is evolving means that job hunters and recruiters alike need to continue to develop their skills or they will be left behind.”

How can recruiters help candidates future proof their careers?

What is often overlooked is the whole economy being created from the increasing use of automation, which is offering real career change options for candidates. Despite nearly two-thirds (61%) of recruiters not seeing a significant increase in the number of roles requiring experience in AI and automation, two-thirds (64%) have already started to or are planning to advise their candidates to develop these skills in anticipation for a future rise in jobs involving them.

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And candidates are taking note and starting to look at how they can develop these new skills to future proof their careers. Some are used to refreshing their skills on an ongoing basis – some industries even make this a mandatory part of the job. Candidates need to make the most of any opportunities presented to them internally through their organisations, and externally through professional bodies and learning bodies. For those that might need a helping hand along the way, below are the top ways that candidates currently develop their knowledge:

  • Online learning courses (41%)
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) technical courses (32%)
  • Academic courses (17%)
  • Management courses (17%)

For hundreds of years, workers have had to adapt to changing conditions and constantly look to re-skill in order to keep up. Automation is just another challenge the workforce must face. As a recruiter, you can ensure that candidates are up to this challenge and have skills that are fully future proofed, so their career path is stable.

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