Talent Spolight of the Month: January 2024

The 2024 Talent Odyssey: The Why and How of Transforming Recruitment and Talent Development in APAC

At Timeo, we're diving deep into 2024, a year that's not just another calendar page but a canvas for reinventing how Organisations attract, engage, and keep the talent they need to deliver their business goals.

Picture this: a survey from Forbes Global Talent Report 2024 reveals that employees in Asia Pacific are more willing than their global counterparts to explore new job opportunities, with nearly 50% considering changing employers within the next year (a 10% increase from the previous year).  And they are not just seeking new roles, they're negotiating for what they believe they are worth with 40% planning to negotiate for higher wages. It's a bold new world in talent, and it's unfolding right here in our vibrant and diverse region.

The global talent market is witnessing unprecedented changes.

The aftermath of the pandemic, coupled with rapid technological advancements, has reshaped employee expectations and altered the recruitment landscape. In the Asia Pacific region, these shifts are particularly pronounced, reflecting its unique economic and cultural diversity.

In the rapidly shifting landscape of 2024, we believe that successful companies will be those that master these five crucial areas.

1. Redefining Candidate Experience: In the current competitive job market, candidate experience has emerged as a crucial differentiator for employers. A survey from Mercer (Global 2024 Talent Trends) shows that enhancing the EX/EVP to attract & retain top talent is number 1 priority for HR Managers in 2024. Successful Organisations will need to delve into the nuances of creating a positive, engaging, and seamless recruitment process that resonates with today’s candidates.

2. Championing Skills-Based Hiring and Upskilling: This approach shifts the focus from traditional credentials (like degrees and previous job titles) to the actual skills and potential a candidate possesses. It's about recognizing the capabilities that are truly necessary for a role and valuing continuous learning and adaptability. Upskilling refers to the practice of providing current employees with training and development opportunities to acquire new skills, ensuring they remain relevant and valuable in an evolving workplace.

3. Embracing the Remote Revolution: This key area acknowledges the significant increase in remote and hybrid work models. It's about adapting to and capitalizing on the benefits of these models, such as increased flexibility and access to a broader talent pool, while also addressing challenges like maintaining team cohesion and company culture in a physically dispersed environment.

4. Harnessing Technology in Recruitment: The role of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics in streamlining the recruitment process is undeniable. Organisations need to embrace these technologies to enhance efficiency, reduce bias, and improve the overall quality of hires.

5. Global Talent Management: With businesses increasingly operating on a global scale, Business Leaders need to be aware of the challenges and opportunities in managing a diverse, international workforce, including strategies for effective communication, collaboration, and cultural integration. It also addresses the necessity to foster an inclusive culture that values and leverages on differences.

As we conclude our exploration of the 2024 Talent Market landscape in the Asia Pacific region, it's clear that the future of work is not just about adapting to changes but about proactively shaping them. And as this journey of talent transformation unfolds, we at Timeo, are excited to be a part of your story in shaping a more dynamic, inclusive, and forward-thinking workplace.

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Isabelle Larche

Managing Director, Recruitment & Executive Search at Timeo-Performance

Isabelle is a Human Performance expert, with over 10 years of professional recruitment experience, and 15 years of Business Management Consulting experience. Isabelle is the Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Trade Counsellor (Singapore Chapter) to the French Embassy.

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