Each year there are a number of trends that change the way we work. Some are speculative, others are short-term fads while others become an embedded part of how people work and how businesses operate. 

As Toronto recruiters, we keep a close eye on these developments in the workforce. A recent research report by Gartner looked at some of the things employers need to address over the next year.  

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“In 2023, organizations will continue to face significant challenges: a competitive talent landscape, an exhausted workforce, and pressure to control costs amid a looming economic downturn. How employers respond could determine whether they are an employer of choice,” Emily Rose McRae and Peter Aykens.”

So, what are the top trends for 2023? Recruitment agencies in Toronto and across the province are seeing the emergence of some of the trends noted in Gartner’s research. They are:

Quiet hiring continues

As we’ve written about previously, quiet hiring is an alternative approach employers will take when in need of new talent without hiring. They will focus on internal talent mobility, upskilling and other approaches to help fill company talent needs.  

Hybrid flexibility expands to other industries

Hybrid work is here to stay. Employees expect employers to offer flexible work arrangements. This perk is expanding beyond traditional office settings and is expanding to other industries. Companies will become more flexible with scheduling, employment leaves, and more flexibility in the type of work done. 

Companies will more aggressively target non-traditional candidates

Recruitment of top talent will remain as competitive as ever. Expect employers to cast a wider net in 2023 and look to non-traditional candidates to help fill roles. They will look for candidates that don’t fit the traditional mould, have experience in other industries and have potential. 

Greater investment in wellness

We’ve been through a lot over the past three years. Amid ongoing employee burnout, look for companies to invest more in the health and wellness of their people. This can help reduce turnover, improve retention and ensure there is sustained performance. Companies that fail to invest in this area could face hiring challenges and lose top talent to competing organizations. 


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Riel LaPointe Financial Recruiter

Riel LaPointe

Riel is a VP of Client Services with IQ PARTNERS where he recruits across the full scope of multiple lines of business, with a particular focus in Financial Services & Insurance, Technology, Human Resources, and Real Estate Services.

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