People are aware that many job tasks are being – or will soon be – automated and the rate of technological change is accelerating. This makes constant learning essential, to keep our skills relevant. As a result, candidates look for roles that will positi
BRISBANE DIRECTOR, ROBERT WALTERS
As we have seen the market demonstrate signs of solid recovery this year, many candidates are definitely starting to attempt to recover some of the missed opportunities for salary increases over the past few years. Candidates are clear on what base salary they are looking for to move and those with specialist skills in highdemand roles are achieving them. Also, flexible work arrangements have been around for a number of years now but we are seeing candidates negotiate greater degrees of flexibility before commencing with organisations, rather than waiting until they start.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT, McARTHUR
I have found several common trends in negotiations during the year. Candidates have been increasingly looking for flexibility in employment conditions and ongoing education and professional development. With incredibly busy lives and conflicting family and personal priorities, many candidates are looking for flexible employment conditions, such as the option to buy additional leave, or working from home. With a focus on career development, many candidates are also looking for support in developing their career through further study to gain additional qualifications.
DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, FERRIS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
Candidates are increasingly requesting flexibility in working arrangements. A compressed working week (working your total hours in four days, not five) or working from home for a set period (typically one day a week) have been the most common requests. As a corporate psychologist, I advocate this because flexible work arrangements assist employees in pursuing work/life balance. Many organisations recognise that when staff have balance, they see higher productivity, reduced absenteeism and higher employee retention, satisfaction and engagement.