Every new year brings about change and 2022 will be no different. As employers, it’s important to keep an eye on emerging trends that can affect business. The way that you hire and recruit talent is one of them. Recruiting strategies will continue to evolve as the way companies operate and the way we work change over time. The pandemic had a big impact on the economy this year and this impact will continue to be felt into the coming year.

hiring and recruitment change in 2022

Below, we’ve curated a list of ways recruiting will change in 2022. Here are things to keep an eye on:


1. Remote Hiring Becomes a Permanent Fixture

The move to remote hiring during the pandemic changed how employers interact with and hire candidates. The benefits of remote hiring have become clear. You have access to a larger and more diverse talent pool. You can be more efficient in your hiring process, and you can find candidates with more diverse skills. Employers will continue to use remote hiring to find talent.

2. Retention Will Become Even More Important

Keeping your top talent has always been important, but, in 2022, it will be even more vital because of a candidate-driven marketplace. Competition for top talent is fierce. Many companies are operating with smaller budgets because of lower margins due to the pandemic. It is more affordable to invest in keeping your best people than to replace them.

3. Passive Candidates Become a Prime Target

Many companies struggle to find candidates who meet the qualifications for the jobs they want to fill. They also struggle to compete with so many companies vying for the same talent. Passive candidates can help you expand your talent pool. More often than not, these candidates turn into a good hire. Expect to see more companies targeting passive candidates as part of their overall recruiting strategy.

4. More Selective Candidates

The pandemic caused a lot of people to stop and think about what they want to do professionally. In the past, people would apply to dozens of jobs, boosting the application numbers in the process. In 2022, expect candidates to make more targeted and strategic decisions about the types of jobs they apply for. They will be pickier and have a longer list of expectations for employers to meet. Employers will need to make their company more desirable and have an enticing employer brand to catch the interest of in-demand talent.

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Gary Hinde Technology Recruiter

Gary Hinde

Gary is a Partner and Practice Lead of one of Toronto's most respected team of IT recruiters. He has a strong background in building and managing teams, and specializes in contract and permanent placements within the IT space. With over 15 years of IT Sales and Recruitment experience, Gary is committed to customer service and has a genuine love for working with people and solving business problems.

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