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2018 trends: Agility, security, and the recruitment blockchain | Recruiters Weekly News

With the start of a new year, eBoss considers some of the candidates for recruitment’s hottest trend in 2018. Will the winner be blockchain recruitment technology? Changes to employment agreements and working culture? Or will it be the ever-present concern of addressing GDPR compliance? The real answer may be a combination of all three.

Australian recruiters acknowledge the reach of GDPR

One of the fundamental factors of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is its global reach. Unlike its predecessor, the Data Protection Act (DPA), new regulations can affect businesses around the world.

To illustrate the expanding influence of the laws, Recruitment International has shown how recruitment companies in Australia are preparing for new legislation.

Using statistics compiled by the US data management firm Veritas Technologies, Recruitment International found that Australian recruiters were active in meeting their legal obligations.

An overwhelming number of firms said they would change employee best practices in light of new laws. 68 per cent believed training for changing data standards should be mandatory. 93 per cent said they would enforce changes through penalties and rewards: highlighting the seriousness with which GDPR is viewed.

Though the groundwork is impressive, 96 per cent of firms believed they were not yet ready for the changes. And time is running out: the deadline for compliance is May 25th. If, like the majority of Australian recruiters, you are not yet ready for GDPR, you should start with a copy of the eBoss Definitive Guide to GDPR Compliance. It is free, and contains a rundown of legal changes and your obligations – as well as simple solutions to implement. Download your free copy here.

Building a recruitment blockchain

Attempts to harness the technology behind bitcoin in the recruiting sector are hardly new. We have been reporting on the burgeoning blockchain recruitment phenomenon at eBoss for several months now. But with a new year comes a new set of innovations. We are now beginning to see blockchain tech which takes an active role in the candidate search process.

At least, that is the aim of development community City of Zion. The group has announced the arrival of its attempt to place talent profiles on the blockchain. The group’s aim is to develop “a decentralized workforce platform for the blockchain ecosystem”. Blockchains could improved security for client and project data. The trustless tech may even aid the verification of both candidates’ skills, and employer integrity.

Workforces in developed nations remain characterised by skills gaps and a reliance on unsecured agreements. Trustless platforms may offer solutions to growing issues in the workplace. Will 2018 be the year when the first links of the recruitment blockchain are forged?

Employers take note: new rights and obligations for 2018

A range of new rights and obligations come into force this year. Personnel in the recruitment sector may find that many of their clients are directly impacted. That is because employers’ relationships with their workers is coming under the microscope.

While contentious issues like the Uber dispute occupy the headlines, Recruiting Times has outlined some of the less obvious cases. And they may transform employment in the year ahead.

Legal and political discussions range from the obligations of individual workers under GDPR, to the compulsory reporting of gender pay disparities. 2018 may therefore be a year where workplace culture adapts to meet the requirements of its contemporary workforce.

Recruitment software keeping firms ahead of the curve

With all the discussion about legal obligations, changing workforce attitudes, and blockchain recruitment, it is reassuring to see some attention being paid to the fundamentals of our industry, too.

Recruiting Daily has re-iterated the impact of recruitment software within the sector, in their look-ahead of the next twelve months.

The linked article includes profiles of emergent tech in social media searching, candidate testing, and referrals. In short: solutions to highly specialised areas of the talent search. But for most firms, recruitment software in 2018 means getting the basics right. Smart solutions for the everyday problems that face a growing recruitment sector. To find out how leading businesses are tackling these topics – using tools like semantic search engines and bulk-action GDPR compliance platforms, talk to a member of our team today.