WHAT’S BEEN A COM­MON RE­QUEST OR IN­TER­EST AMONG CAN­DI­DATES THIS YEAR?

YOUR QUES­TIONS AN­SWERED

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DAR­REN BUCHANAN MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR, HAYS QUEENS­LAND

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 po­si­tion them well for ca­reer longevity by of­fer­ing skills de­vel­op­ment, such as through on-the­job train­ing, stretch op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­cess to men­tors. Can­di­dates now con­sider flex­i­bil­ity to be stan­dard, which makes its ab­sence a re­cruit­ment lim­i­ta­tion for or­gan­i­sa­tions. An or­gan­i­sa­tion that doesn’t of­fer flex­i­ble work­ing op­tions is now in the mi­nor­ity.

SINEAD HOURIGAN 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.

JULIE FORD 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.

DR NERIDA HILLBERG 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.

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