Before we get into recruitment planning for 2022, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you very much for joining us on our year-long celebration of 20 years in the recruitment business! It has been quite a milestone year for us, and we are grateful that you are a part of it.
In receiving all of the wonderful, congratulatory messages from clients, current and former staff, and candidates this year, it has reaffirmed for us even more, just how much our love for Bilingual/French recruitment grows with each passing year.
Now, as we prepare to bid farewell to our 20th anniversary year, we’re looking forward to welcoming 2022 with open arms. To this end, our longtime marketing partner, Keka DasGupta invited me to join her recently, to reflect on our experiences over this past year, and to discuss how we can all better prepare for what’s ahead in recruitment for 2022.
Please watch our interview below:
And if you want a quick summary of some key thoughts, here are three of my biggest take-aways or considerations for 2022:
- The Great Resignation will only get bigger: the predictions were quite accurate, and honestly, we are only at the tip of the iceberg. Smart recruitment and retention strategies will be critical in 2022 – still, we are advising clients that they should prepare for some organic resignations any way, despite their best efforts. Many Boomers who delayed their retirement after the Great Recession, are now calling it quits after the pandemic, and Canada’s labour shortage will only become more pronounced in 2022. We need to be prepared for a jobs market that will see a lot of movement.
- Clear communications will matter most: Canadian workers want to keep the flexibility they’ve had over the past two years, to be able to work from home (at least a few days a week). As many companies plan to return to the office in January, it is really important for employers to clearly communicate their back to work plans now. In the face of uncertainty, and in a jobseeker’s market, top talent will be more tempted to look for other opportunities elsewhere right away, without waiting.
- Adjusting salaries for existing employees: Some of our clients have already gone ahead and proactively adjusted salary bands not only for new hires, but also for their valued current employees. In the French/Bilingual space, we’ve seen salaries skyrocket over the past two years, more-so than we’ve ever witnessed before. As a result, in an effort not to lose their best workers, some companies are ensuring their compensation meets current market rates. We believe this is a smart strategy to consider – especially when we’ve seen some candidates being given up to FIVE job offers all at the same time. That is how competitive the market has become.
This upcoming year promises to be unique and unlike any other in recent memory. We anticipate that it will be full of opportunities, but with lots of change and movement ahead, it will require more careful planning and navigation on the part of HR and hiring managers.
To this end, if you anticipate needing French/Bilingual talent in the New Year, please feel free to reach out to us at: 416-236-3303, or via email at: [email protected]. We are networked with the best talent in the marketplace, and it would be our honour to serve you.
Cheers to your hiring success in 2022!