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Recruitment has changed a lot this year as the working world has had to shift to take into account the impact of Covid-19. Although we are still very much in the grip of the pandemic we are starting to see potential for recovery which means it’s time to start looking ahead to 2021 and the hiring trends and themes that will influence recruitment this year. These are some of the most important hiring trends that could impact a wide range of businesses in the 12 months to come.

Greater use of artificial intelligence (AI). AI has significant benefits when it comes to efficiency and this can provide a boost to recruitment. Some enterprises have found that integrating AI into the hiring process can reduce the time it takes by around 23 hours per hire. In addition to shortening the amount of time that’s involved in hiring, using AI can help to minimize the involvement required by staff, especially when it comes to scheduling and repetitive manual tasks. Although the use of AI in recruitment is still relatively new it’s likely to become a burgeoning trend next year, as firms look to make their hiring processes more efficient and focused.

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The rise of the “boomerang employee.” More than two thirds of businesses say that they are much more likely to rehire old employees now than in years gone by. These “boomerang employees” may have left the company over the past year — or further back — but could now potentially return. This is a significant shift in hiring strategy and one that is being further driven by the impact of Covid-19, which forced organizations to let people go at short notice. There are many benefits to re-hiring old employees, from the fact that you already know that these people are a good cultural fit to the insight that you’ll have into their potential.

Focusing on a hiring plan. Given the challenges that every business has faced in 2020 there is a fresh emphasis on having a resilient and creative team in place to help the organization ride the storm. Recruiting the right people means making effective hiring a priority no matter what your industry or sector — and for that you need a plan. A robust hiring plan will not only take into account the channels that you’re using for hiring and the recruitment objectives that you have but also the overall business goals that you’ve developed for your organization. Integrating these can give your enterprise a big advantage and help to ensure that you’re optimize all the opportunities available to build the best team. If you already have a hiring plan then it’s worth considering how this could potentially be improved – for example, what steps could you take to ensure a more diverse hiring process, to remove unconscious bias or to make sure that you’re not wasting time and money on the wrong recruitment channels and candidates?

2021 is going to be a key year for progress and rebuilding, and these hiring trends have a vital role to play in that for any organization.