Flexible Positions Sought After to Ease Skills Shortage

Flexible Positions Sought After to Ease Skills Shortage

16th January 2019 Off By Chloe Sullivan

The World of Work is, as we know, transforming. Employees have different needs and desires now to what they did 20 years ago. It is time for change and we welcome the development of Flexible Positions. Do you?

The Reality:

We have spoken previously about the challenges that recruiters face in hiring in 2019. Research shows recruitment firms are struggling to fill vacancies in rapidly growing areas such as IT, science, engineering, business and finance, construction and health. With an abundance of applications and not enough suitable matches, it creates somewhat of a recruitment headache. Clients need employees, employees need employers. So how do we attract talent and connect the two?

Flexible Working Options To Entice Large Pools of Talent:

The answer lies in: Flexible Working. It is reported that in Ireland today, there are more than 100,000 inactive homemakers and jobless who would like to work but in some cases, do not have the means to relocate or commute long hours. To relocate usually means to pay more rent and to commute long hours generally means more money allocated to childcare. These challenges prevent an abundance of highly skilled individuals from returning to the workforce which has a knock on effect on the increasing skills shortage.

Such, “economically inactive”, people aged between 15 and 64 years can provide a vital source of labour at a time when skilled workers are in short supply. In a report conducted by Solas, it became evident that there are about 26,000 people – mostly female – who are classified as on home duties who typically have relatively high levels of education and previous work experience. Incentives such as parental leave and affordable childcare in conjunction with Flexible Working options could make the workplace more attractive, the report states. And this is true – we must not focus on improving aspect without improving others.

What exactly is Flexible Working and how can I do it?

If you are reading this and currently employed, we support you in driving change. For companies who are used to traditional working methods, it can take time to convince your employer that Flexible Working is the way forward. The World of Work is going through a period of change and as more employer become aware of the benefits of SmartWorking, we hope that they too will incorporate an element of flexibility in their roles. We also have an article here with our advice on how to negotiate a SmartWorking arrangement.

If you are currently seeking a new role, we have good news for you! We have over 20,000 SmartWorkers currently registered on our platform searching for their SmartWorking position. Employers who post jobs on our platform must offer some degree of flexibility. By creating your profile and entering your details, employers will be able to invite you into an interview based on your skill set and qualifications.

It could potentially change your life