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With the capabilities of technology rapidly evolving, plus COVID-19 accelerating many company’s needs to go digital, the tech industry is understandably booming. As the industry evolves, here are three trends we expect to see shaping hiring practices in the industry. 

1. The Acceptance of a Hybrid Workforce

Hybrid workforces are one of the most significant changes we have seen across workforces, particularly in the tech industry, due to the increased demand and decreasing local talent pool. In the past, employees were required to be in the office every day, but now working from home measures have expanded to include hybrid roles where employees are given the opportunity to split time between the office and their homes. With the technology industry becoming increasingly competitive due to its rapid growth, this hybrid workforce has expanded to include split locations and virtual positions. This means that when businesses look to hire candidates, they can expand out of their states or even countries to find the right fit.

This means that remote workers have better chances, more so than before, of securing roles that are further away as they will not necessarily have to commute or relocate to complete the jobs. 

2. Dynamic job descriptions and opportunities

Another trend we expect to see in the hiring processes of the tech industry are dynamic job descriptions and opportunities. As mentioned, COVID has created rapid digitisation across various industries, and with the increasing importance of digital infrastructure for so many businesses, companies are instead finding ways to upskill their existing talent. Employees are being offered training and put through skill development programs to be able to fill roles internally. This helps businesses offer new opportunities for those interested in role expansion or upskilling and ensures retention rates for companies increase. Instead of turnover, new opportunities are offered, and dynamic job roles are created, allowing these workers to alternate between their existing job responsibilities and step into new spaces. 

3. Increased acceptance of non-traditional backgrounds/career paths

The final trend we have seen dominating the tech industry of late and expect we will continue to see as companies hire employees is the increased acceptance of non-traditional backgrounds and career paths. Where traditionally for tech roles, certain degrees, education or experience paths were required, companies are increasingly embracing the concept that these routes are outdated. Traditional qualifications are becoming outdated, and instead, self-starters and those that are self-taught are being embraced in the industry to fill talent gaps whilst also being upskilled by companies offering additional training. Practice-based interviews are becoming commonplace, with the opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. This transition to embracing non-traditional backgrounds and career paths for those working in the tech industry is helping create broader opportunities and benefits companies looking to hire new talent. 

As the tech industry continues to evolve with the accelerated demand for services and increased demand for workers, we expect to see these trends grow and new practices be introduced. Already we are seeing an increased dependency on technology and automated software for hiring, along with qualifier tests being introduced and more widely accepted. What is to come in the future as far as further hiring process developments is anyone’s guess!

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