CV-Library has announced its workplace trend predictions for 2018 . The analysis combines findings from the popular job boards’ insightful pieces of research from 2017, to make educated forecasts for the year ahead.
The eight predictions are:
1. More fluidity in the job market – CV-Library’s research found that three quarters (74.3 per cent) of the nation’s workers believe that job-hopping has become more acceptable over the years, and 2018 will likely see more workers opting for freelance and contract positions.
2. Higher importance on workplace perks – Two thirds (62.1 per cent) of professionals state that they consider these to be a key factor when looking for a job. With many companies seeking new ways to stand out from their competitors, this will continue to be a priority next year.
3. More progress on closing the gender pay gap - A staggering, 87.9 per cent of women said that they’ve been paid less because of their gender. With this being a hot topic in the press, there will be more pressure on organisations to ensure fair and equal pay in their workplaces.
4. Rise in companies offering returnships – Over three quarters (79 per cent) of the nation’s workers admitting they would be more inclined to join a company that offered a returnship programme and the trend of organisations offering these is set to grow even further in 2018.
5. More flexibility for workers – With CV-Library data revealing that two thirds of the nation’s workers are losing up to 16 days commuting a year, we expect more companies to offer flexible and home working to their staff.
6. A focus on a strong work/life balance - The average UK worker (36.7 per cent) puts in over 13 extra working days a year, with two thirds (64 per cent) admitting that they often work more than their contracted hours. Businesses are seeking ways to ease this pressure and alleviate stress.
7. Strong leadership will drive employee morale – 82.2 per cent of Brits have had a bad leader at work, with 41.3 per cent stating that this has made them feel de-motivated. Organisations should focus on creating a robust senior management team, which can drive growth and happiness.
8. Companies take diversity more seriously – With 70.8 per cent of UK workers revealing that discrimination around age is common in their workplace, there will be more of a focus on celebrating all kinds of diversity including both age and gender.
“As 2017 draws to a close, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on key candidate trends from the year, and what these mean for the year ahead,” said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library. “Many organisations will seek improve their attraction, recruitment and retention methods in 2018, and we hope that businesses across the UK take the time to consider how they can accommodate these trends in their organisations.”