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Is it time for employers to embrace an agile workforce?

A new report by Jobsite highlights the ways in which recruiters should be embracing the agile workforce to futureproof their hiring strategy.

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  • Nearly half (43%) recruiters believe that agile working could replace the traditional office environment
  • However, two thirds believe it currently causes management issues
  • 58% candidates believe more technology is needed for businesses to implement agile successfully

A new report by Jobsite highlights the ways in which recruiters should be embracing the agile workforce to futureproof their hiring strategy.

Despite being a relatively new concept, over half surveyed were familiar with it and over 22% of those had worked in an agile environment for over 2 years. However, recruiters claim less than half of the roles they’re working on offer agile, finding it’s most prevalent in the IT sector.

The ability to accommodate agile into working life proves important, with those who prefer to work agile claiming they would sacrifice an average of 16% of their annual salary for the opportunity. In addition to this, 86% stated they would even change jobs to accommodate their preference.

The study revealed both recruiters and candidates believe the key attributes for success in agile are being flexible, organised and hardworking. Interestingly, the majority of recruiters believe these are required in advance and cannot be developed on the job. Meanwhile, social qualities (like being introverted or outgoing) or being easy going are less important.

According to the study, top 5 benefits include:

For businesses:

For candidates:

1. Better employee wellbeing (68%)
2. Reduced operation costs (59%)
3. Easier talent retention (56%)
4.  Attracts better talent (56%)
5. Provides flexibility to meet demands (55%)

1. Better work/life balance (73%)
2. Provides flexibility to meet demands (59%)
3. Better wellbeing (54%)
4. Higher productivity (52%)
5. Less pressure (38%)

Research also showed potential drawbacks to agile implementation to be:

For businesses:

For candidates:

1. Management difficulties (62%)
2. Less collaboration (46%)
3. Less accountability (37%)

1. Reduced interaction (54%)
2. Less structure (43%)
3. Less teamwork (41%)

Jobsite CEO Nick Gold said- “The drive to meet the changing needs of more digitally-aware generations entering the workforce– as well as the constant requirement for businesses to push for increased productivity, reduced costs and faster innovation – has pressured many to evaluate their working practices. The digital transformation of the office is no longer an option to be ignored, for businesses who want to compete.”

To find about more about recruiting for the agile workforce, please see full report here.