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2014 have started, and we decided to make some predictions of employment trends. It’s extremely important to stay current with the global changes when developing job board software to support the latest market changes. So what’s new in job search? What industry specialists and professions will be demanded? Shall salaries and compensations decrease? What about unemployment level? We’ve studied 2013 employment trends, labor laws projects, surveys and companies’ reports and are ready to share our thoughts with you.

1. Good news – companies are going to increase compensations. But only to industry specialists. Employers are competing for professionals therefore no less than 33% are going to blow up starting salaries for high-quality stuff and hard-to-fill positions.

2. Science, technology and engineering stuff demand will keep on growing. Importance of these high-tech professionals is determined by the fact that talented and highly professional innovative labor can drive company to success. Therefore no less than 38% of companies are planning to increase this stuff in the upcoming 12 months. Skills gap will cause highly-specified specialists vacancies growth.

3. It is expected that full-time employment will increase. Last year showed us that employers preferred to hire half-time according to some laws, but this year the situation will change. Full-time stuff will be provided with wider business functions on multiple levels.

4. Companies will pay more attention on growing professionals instead of hunting for them. 55% of all employers are planning to invest in stuff education to increase their professional level. Recruiters will promote their companies among graduating high school students.

5. Bad news about unemployment. Unfortunately, last year’s trends show that global unemployment is still increasing. In 2013 more than 74,5 mln of young people aged 15-24 were unemployed. Its 1 mln more than in 2012, and we are afraid this trend will remain next 12 months.

6. Recruitment virtualization will continue. As more and more recruiters are using social media, special job board scripts and other online resources to close open vacancies, the role of offline agencies will decrease. From the other side, college graduates will also use online resources to find freelance jobs to get more experience that helps jumpstart their careers.

Besides, there are some other important world trends that will impact on employment processes in 2014.

First of all, small niche sites and networks will continue growing. No doubts, no one of them will be able to nail all Facebook users; they’ll appeal to target audience only. Thus happened to LinkedIn – this small job seeking network turned into high-powered online business giant in a shortest time. Multiple highly specialized niche networks, such as Ning.com (it allows users to create their own social communities), Sodahead (opinion aggregator network), Fanpop and others showed triple growth last year. This may be caused of Facebook “universality”: those, who used popular social media for a long time are looking for targeted networks with specialized interests today. These small niche sites will become a great place for talent and professionals recruitment in the near future.

Secondly, rise of mobile will serve a certain purpose in hiring processes. Recent researches show, that 1 of 4 job seekers refuses to send resume to a non-mobile optimized website. 84% of respondents suppose that mobile devices will become the main gadget for job search in the upcoming 5 years.
15 minutes before the job interview applicants revise vacation description on their mobile devices, check employer’s social media profiles for updates, and even use gadget during the interview to demonstrate their IT skills to employers.

And the least, but not the last trend is growing importance of employer branding. Recruiters now understand the urgency of positive company image: they make efforts to create informative profiles in social media resources, arrange industry networks, associate with high school graduates, array good relationships with current and ex-employees to achieve positive references. This strategy increases company attraction to highly specialized professionals.

Technology is the mainstream of the new 2014, it points out where and when we have to work moreover what we have to know to be competitive. The way we work continues to change, and all we have is just to hand on these innovations.