5 Job Market Trends for 2019

5 Job Market Trends for 2019

As we enter 2019, the workplace will undergo many different changes for both candidates and companies alike. The days of the paper CV are a distant memory for many people, with having a strong digital presence being more important than ever. 

In 2019 we are expecting a big change in the way we look for jobs, what we expect from them and what companies need to do to attract the best talent. 

1) Companies will need to make themselves more appealing to candidates

The job market is not only extremely competitive for job seekers. Companies will have to do much more to make their job offer as attractive as possible. Expect to see more emphasis on company culture such as things like team building and the work environment. 

As much as the interview process is aimed at finding the right candidate for a role, the candidate is also interviewing the company to ensure they can see a future there for themselves.

Employees are no longer just turning up at work for their wage, they want to thrive and be happy at work. Considering extra holidays, performance bonuses etc. are a great way for a company to retain workers and attract more candidates. 

Employer branding is expected to become even bigger in 2019.

According to LinkedIn, 75% of job seekers research a company’s online reputation and employer brand before applying. It’s therefore expected that companies will put a lot more effort into making their brand much more attractive to candidates by leveraging their social media and sites like Glassdoor. 

2) Gaining new skills is more important than ever.

Rather than the nice perk it once was, offering training to your employees is an absolute must now.

Many people believe that constant development is key to remaining relevant within an industry. They expect their employers to provide at least some of these learning opportunities.

Constant up-skilling is therefore an important part of a person’s decision making process when looking for a job, particularly in the technology industry. 

3) Candidates will search for jobs in new ways

With the paper resume now being almost non-existent these days, the way that candidates search for jobs will continue to change in 2019.

The increase in technologies such as apps will mean that people will be able to search and apply for jobs on their mobile phones in a matter of a few clicks. 

Websites will not only list jobs – many will introduce algorithms that match candidates with offers tailored specifically to their profile and requirements. 

4) More flexible working conditions

With the traditional office environment slowly becoming a thing of the past, it’s not surpirising that remote jobs will become even more common in 2019. The gig economy is on the rise, as more and more people are opting to take freelance positions. It is estimated that by 2020, 30% of the work force will be in remote positions. 

For the employee, the benefits of working from home are well-known, but now many business are discovering the benefits of a remote team, seeing happier employees and increased productivity. 

Check out our best tips to successfully find a remote job. 

5)  Increase in AI being used in recruitment 

With AI in recruitment becoming more popular in 2019 it’s more important than ever to tailor your application to the position and company that you apply to. Tools such as keyword scanners mean that having a well-tailored CV can be the difference between your application being passed to the next stage or being discarded.  

Features such as chatbots may be come more common in helping to screen candidates in order to make the recruitment process more efficient. 

2019 is expected to bring about a great deal of change for both companies and candidates. The way we look for jobs will mean that companies will have to adapt to the changing technologies in the recruitment process as well as the new expectations of the new generation of workers.