Recruitment Trends To Look Out For In 2018

Recruitment Trends to look out for in 2018

As we near the end of a successful year, we now look towards 2018 and how culture and environmental trends will impact the recruitment industry. Technological changes play a role in how recruiters, clients and candidates operate within the recruitment industry. We have researched the recruitment trends to look out for in 2018, keep reading to find out more.

Recruitment Trends To Look Out For In 2018

We have identified some new trends in recruitment that will impact 2018:

  • Remote working – Companies are now offering candidates the opportunity of remote working. This provides the ease and flexibility of working from home and potentially reducing the company’s costs. With many places offering free Wi-Fi this is helping to boost the increase in this way of working. Although, for some people it can be hard when working remotely as they do not have the office camaraderie or the social aspect of working in an office with their colleagues. This type of working is looking to be even bigger next year and will increasingly be offered to candidates. This is one of the important recruitment trends to look out for in 2018 that will affect candidates.


  • GDPR – Stricter rules are now in place for companies that hold personal data. The new GDPR rules will come into effect in May 2018 and are already having a large impact as the recruitment industry prepares for the changes. In 2018, as the May deadline looms nearer, recruitment agencies will be making big changes to the way they work and hold personal data. This is one of the recruitment trends to look out for in 2018 that will most affect those working in recruitment.


  • Google Jobs Search – Technology will play an increasingly large part in the way recruiters work and the way they interact with candidates. There will be more tools on the market to search for talent and for candidates to search for jobs.

In June of this year, Google launched its AI powered jobs search engine in the USA. When candidates in America search Google for jobs, they are now presented with the results in a new job tab on the search results page. The search results include job roles from all the major job boards and jobs from employers’ own websites. There are lots of filter options for job seekers such as location, full-time or part-time, industry, etc. Google removes the duplicates on multiple job boards making it simpler for job seekers in their search for a new role.

Google Jobs Search is set to be rolled out in the UK in 2018. It will be sure to make an impact on the recruitment industry. If a job role is posted on multiple job boards, Google will redirect the job seeker to the job board with the most complete job description, encouraging the industry to change the way they write their job descriptions.


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  • Social Media – At the end of 2017, Facebook has been testing a new CV “work histories” feature. It allows Facebook users to create a basic CV on their profile but publish it privately. They can then only share it when they are applying for a job opening. If the tests have gone well, it looks like Facebook will roll out this new feature in 2018. Throughout next year, Facebook will continue to try and take on LinkedIn; whether they will succeed is yet to be seen. Social media as one of the recruitment trends to look out for in 2018 will be interesting to watch.


  • Gig economy – The gig economy came into effect in 2017, with companies such as Uber taking the lead. It is a quite a taboo area, due to the legal cases taken against Uber most recently. The gig economy is characterised by freelancing and short-term contracts, as opposed to permanent jobs. There is debate whether this is good or not for the economy. There are sure to be more disputes in 2018 as more companies like JUSTEAT take on this type of business model. So far, the gig economy hasn’t affected office jobs as much as other types of employment. However, in 2018, we are likely to see this changing.


Now you know the recruitment trends to look out for in 2018, how does it make you feel about the changes in the job market? Continue the discussion with us on our social media channels.