Forbes says it best. “The U.S. labor market is going through extraordinary times: historically fast job growth, severe labor shortages despite a still-high unemployment rate, and an epic shift to remote work.” As the CEO & Founder of an HR Tech Software company, it is my job to stay on top of these industry trends to be able to provide the best technology and service to our clients.  Here is what I know. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings has increased to a high of 10.1 million. The industries with the largest increases were professional and business services at +227,000, retail trade at +133,000; and accommodation and food services at +121,000. Employers in these industries are struggling to find hires the most for a few reasons

1. The remote flex. Nearly seven in ten workers are working from home. Now, some companies are requiring employees to come back into the office and industries like retail, food and accommodations must be in-person. In a recent study41% of employees want to be able to work remotely or on a hybrid schedule. Some jobs just can’t and won’t operate like that and a labor shortage is the result. 

2. Flexibility. People have moved out of highly populated areas and are valuing their family time. WFH has made it possible to pick your kids up from school, to get to an intramural league or to make it to a workout class. Since the start of the pandemic, over 15.9 million people have moved, and they aren’t going back. So much so, that people are willing to take a pay cut to be able to work from where they moved and/or to be remote. 

3. The Delta Variant has caused a stir. Employers are pushing back in-office dates, and some are creating mask and vaccine mandates. Employees want the option to choose what they think is the best and safest way for them to work and some companies are struggling to cope with this new way of doing business. One survey found that 36% of employees said they strongly favor their employer mandating vaccines while 29% strongly opposed this. 

But what does all of this mean for the Labor Market and what’s the solution? How will employers find new hires in such a competitive environment? What do you do if old post and pray methods are not generating talent?  

These are the questions our prospective customers are facing today, and it is causing real pain.  We are seeing a renewed focus on talent engagement, talent discovering/rediscovery and leveraging the referrals value proposition.  Here at Aliro, we have seen an eightfold increase in inquiries about the Aliro platform as a result.  

Aliro’s platform is unique. We use AI-powered, machine learning, to leverage your existing resources such as latent ATS data, employees, ERG’s to match and connect qualified candidates and referrers to the right jobs. We help companies discover and (re)discover talent by unlocking and empowering a company’s own talent pool  – your past candidate now contributes to your current hiring process. Aliro makes it easier to recruit smarter, not harder.

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