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TRENDS to watch out for in 2012

Sanjay Shelvankar
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sanjay Shelvankar
Beyond the obvious answers such as hiring from Social Networking channels or through improved Employee Referral programs – the new trends will be in the realm of increasing recruiter productivity, thought-leadership in hiring passive candidates and technology adoption into the overall hiring process.

Non Permanent Roles
More and more mid-level talent are voluntarily opting out of being on permanent roles – in turn benefiting from higher take home salary and more flexi-times (work for eight months on time-bound projects and take an extended 3-4 months time off for re-skilling and vacations). Also organizations are beginning to tap these high-capability subject matter experts (SME) to execute critical projects as opposed to using them as a stop-gap hiring arrangement. Most developed nations have this model working well, India is slowly waking up to its possibilities

Who will hire most?
OEM/ISVs and MNC captives will be the highest recruiters in India at least for the next couple of years while the Indian IT services industry begins to regain its old glory. This poses a unique problem to the services industry – they will need to hire talent on their roles and place them at these OEM/ISV/MNC captive customer’s premises. Here is where the established services organization will face intense competition from the hiring/staffing agencies that have a lean structure with very minimal overheads. Couple this with the earlier point where highly-capable contract staff availability is prevalent and you will see why it is going to be a tough couple of years for such services organizations that do this type of glorified “placement business”. This business is referred to as local-onsite, i2i (India to India), Resource/staff augmentation opportunities and is the toughest to fulfill from a hiring perspective.

Technology in Recruitment
The most surprising fact is that though most organizations leverage the use of technology in every other business process practiced today, recruitment is one space that still waits to see the light of a truly end-to-end automated process. Either the will to implement technology is not there or simply put, there seems to be a serious vacuum of thought-leadership.

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