2024 Labour Market Trends

The labour market is a dynamic ecosystem that continually evolves in response to economic, technological, and societal changes. Looking forward to the year ahead, there are a number of trends that can be anticipated. In this article, we outline the 2024 Labour Market Trends that are poised to reshape the landscape of employment and workforce dynamics.

1. Remote Work Revolution

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of remote work, and the trend is expected to persist into 2024. Companies are increasingly recognizing the benefits of a flexible work environment, such as improved employee satisfaction, access to a broader talent pool, and cost savings. Job seekers can expect a surge in remote job opportunities across various industries, transforming the traditional notion of the workplace.

2. Emphasis on Digital Skills

As we pointed out in a previous article, the demand for digital skills is reaching new heights as technology continues to advance. Already in 2023, we have seen a growing interest among our clients in the use of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Consequently, these companies are also looking for employees with experience in this area to help them keep pace with the rapid development of this technology. Additionally, as we have previously noted, we see a growing interest in data-driven leadership. Top executives in 2024 will need to know their way around data to remain competitive in the labour market of the future.

3. Candidate-driven market

As we have written before, the labour market is strongly candidate-driven at the moment, and this trend is projected to continue into 2024. In our daily practice, we have already encountered that candidates are dealing with the luxury of choice: as there are many open vacancies, candidates do not feel a strong sense of urgency and tend to stall decision-making or engage in multiple interview processes at once. For companies, this means that more effort will be required to market to potential employees and retain them within the organization. For employees, on the other hand, it gives them a considerable amount of leverage in the negotiation process with potential employers.

Already in 2023, we have seen a growing interest among our clients in the use of artificial intelligence in the workplace

4. Importance of upskilling & internal growth paths

As we have noted, the difficult labour market for employers will not cease to be a problem after 2024. Difficulties will only increase in tandem with the demographic developments towards older populations. Companies are expected to anticipate on these hiring problems by encouraging internal growth paths, education, training and upskilling of employees. The necessary training programs will require significant investment from employers, but should, along with the use of AI and automation, work to counter the risk of productivity loss.

5. Increased focus on retention and the right hire

Due to aging populations, the labour force will continue to decrease in the coming years. As noted, this can partially be alleviated through automation – AI will certainly play an important role in this in 2024 and beyond. At the same time, however, productivity can be protected through the efforts of HR departments and external recruitment and executive search partners. Research has shown that quality of hire can have an enormous impact (>10%) on productivity. The HR department also has an impact on employee retention rates through internal career growth and development opportunities. As such, HR and recruitment strategies will play a role of ever increasing importance in 2024 and beyond.

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