January 2022 Newsletter

With the festive season behind us and a predicted busy year ahead, it is going to be a challenging time for employers to attract the very top tech talent!
As the “great resignation” is set to continue into 2022 and the majority of employers (80%) are planning to recruit staff, professionals who are looking for a new challenge are likely to see plenty of opportunities.  
In a recent survey (Dec 2021) by Hays, it was established that software engineers and cyber security specialists are in line for some of the biggest pay packages if they decide to move jobs this year, which will cause skills gaps behind them when they leave their current employers.
What we have all learnt from 2021 was that everything can change at very short notice, so when you have a key tech professional leave your employment or you are looking to increase your tech skills, what you need is a “safe pair of hands” to help you guide you through to get these high-in-demand skills onboard. During 2021, Team Proxime increased its network of high-in-demand tech professionals who are looking for their next career move, in preparation for the ongoing demand needs. Therefore, we are the “safe pair of hands” you need to establish the right people for the right job at the right time.
We would be delighted to have a conversation (yep, we are actually really interested in talking with you, rather than rely on emails or chat channels!) with you concerning your current and future tech skill needs.
Everyone at Proxime would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and fun 2022!
All the best, 
David Gadd
Director of Talent Acquisition. Providing: Cyber, Software Development & IT Professionals – Linkedin Profile

Need-to-Know Hiring Shifts for 2022

Here are the top three hiring trends job seekers can expect in the new year:

1. Virtual recruiting will be the norm. Before the pandemic began, employers were already conducting initial interview rounds over the phone and with video. However, in 2022 you can expect virtual recruiting tactics such as virtual events, multi-person remote interviews, virtual workplace tours, and online real-time presentations to be the primary recruitment method for most companies. In-person interviews will be reserved for final-round interviews only in the instances where the candidate will be expected to work out of a corporate headquarters. If you’re planning to search for a new job, make sure you’re comfortable with video interviews.

2. Employment gaps will lose their stigma. A 2020 hiring survey found that employers admitted caring less about employment gaps since the pandemic began. Fast forward to 2021, and it’s safe to say that most hiring professionals are far less concerned about your current employment status and more interested in reviewing your qualifications. As employers struggle to fill their vacancies and many professionals are still hesitant to return to the workplace, you’ll see employers being less resistant to interviewing candidates who’ve been out-of-work for an extended period of time. In 2022, the focus will remain on what matters most when hiring: a candidate’s qualifications and cultural fit within the organisation.

3. “Onsite” meetings will become the new “offsite”. As more companies adopt a hybrid work model or allow employees to work remotely on a full-time basis, they’ll find a need to organise special onsite meetings for team members to occasionally touch base and collaborate face-to-face. With commuter numbers around 35% higher on a Tuesday than at the start of the week, it seems that the office will be empty on Mondays and Fridays as mid-week becomes the preferred time for teams to get together in person.

Full article from the HRDirector.com

The Biggest Business Trends For 2022

Across all sectors, organizations are grappling with rapid transformation. On top of that, there are enormous global shifts and challenges to contend with, such as climate change, and shifting political and economic power. To put it bluntly, our world is changing fast. And organizations must learn to adapt accordingly.

These eight major trends provide a snapshot of how business operations are evolving to suit our rapidly changing world.

Trend 1: Sustainable, resilient operations

Every organization must seek to eliminate or reduce the environmental costs of doing business. Decarbonizing the supply chain is a sensible place to start, but forward-thinking businesses are looking beyond the supply chain to improve sustainability across all business operations. And of course, sustainability is linked to resilience, since resilience means being able to adapt and survive for the long term. Any business that ignores sustainability is unlikely to do well in this age of conscious consumption.

Trend 2: The balance between human workers and intelligent robots

We now have increasingly capable robots and artificial intelligence (AI) systems that can take on tasks that were previously done by humans. This leaves employers with some key questions: how do we find the balance between intelligent machines and human intelligence? What roles should be given over to machines? Which roles are best suited to humans? There’s no doubt that automation will affect every industry, so business leaders must prepare their organizations – and their people – for the changing nature of work.

Trend 3: The shifting talent pool and changing employee experience

The way we work is evolving, with more younger people entering the workforce, more gig workers, and more remote workers. In their book The Human Cloud, Matthew Mottola and Matthew Coatney argue that traditional full-time employment will be a thing of the past, as organizations shift to hiring people on a contract basis – with those contractors working remotely.

Trend 4: Flatter, more agile organizations

Traditionally, organizations have been very hierarchical and rigid in their structures. But that is changing, as leaders recognize the need for flatter, more agile structures that allow the business to quickly reorganize teams and respond to change. It is also, in part, a response to the changing nature of work, particularly the proliferation of freelance and remote workers. 

This is the age of flatter organizational structures, which are more like flexible communities rather than a top-down pyramid structure. 

Trend 5: Authenticity

Today’s consumers are seeking a more meaningful connection with brands. And this need for connection has given rise to authenticity as a business trend in its own right. Authenticity helps to foster human connections – because, as humans, we like to see brands (and business leaders) display important human qualities like honesty, reliability, empathy, compassion, humility, and maybe even a bit of vulnerability and fear. We want brands (and leaders) to care about issues and stand for more than just turning a profit. 

Trend 6: Purposeful business

Linked to authenticity, this trend is all about ensuring your organization exists to serve a meaningful purpose – and not just serve up profits to shareholders. Purpose defines why the organization exists. (Not what the organization is or what it does or for whom. Therefore, purpose is different to mission and vision.) Importantly, a strong purpose has the promise of transformation or striving for something better – be it a better world, a better way to do something, or whatever is important to your organization. 

Trend 7: Co-opetition and integration

We live in a time where pretty much anything can be achieved by outsourcing. The global business world has never been so integrated. And it’s a good job, because the need to work together to solve key business challenges (not to mention humanity’s biggest challenges) is great. Indeed, in the future, it will become increasingly difficult to succeed without really close partnerships with other organizations. In practice, this means greater supply chain integration, more data integration and sharing of data between organizations, and even cooperation between competitors.

Trend 8: New forms of funding

The ways in which companies can generate finance is also changing. New platforms and mechanisms have sprung up to connect businesses with investors and donors – think crowdfunding, initial coin offerings (ICOs), tokenization and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). Many of these new methods are driven by the decentralized finance movement, in which financial services like borrowing and trading take place in a peer-to-peer network, via a public decentralized blockchain network.

In addition to these eight trends, there will also be transformative technology trends in 2022 including artificial intelligence and increasing digitization, which every company must be ready for.

Full article from Forbes here