Research by CV-Library found the key skills managing directors and HR bosses want in a candidate are the ability to adapt (71.5%), resilience (57.5%) and being able to balance personal life and work (29.2%).
More than 300 UK employers were surveyed, with the figures also revealing companies want applicants who are willing to upskill (39.7%) and happy to network (16.4%).
Sarah Ellwood, managing director of North Wales recruitment firm Supertemps – and its executive, IT and engineering arm S2 Recruitment – says trends are changing as clients look more for skills and a good attitude rather than traditional attributes.
“The way we work has changed in past years, and so has the way employers hire new staff,” said Sarah.
“Companies want candidates who can be flexible, who are willing and able to learn, and will represent their brand confidently and cohesively via networking events and online platforms, such as social media.
“In return these firms are becoming more fluid, with employees able to work remotely or from home – to help improve that work-life balance.
“That itself reflects the modern way of working, with less and less of the nine to five rigidity people are used to.”
The study also found that 89.3% of employers develop staff and help them to upskill, with 63.3% revealing a positive approach to training is vital if they want to keep their top talent.
“The world of work is constantly changing, influenced by a range of factors; from technological advances and rapidly evolving jobs, to a change in employee expectations and a rise in remote working,” said Lee Biggins, CEO of CV-Library.
“Employers have a duty of care to their workers and with workplace stress and economic upheaval seeing no signs of disappearing, it’s no wonder that companies are prioritising candidates that can excel in these areas.”
Sarah added: “We work with companies across North Wales and the UK that have put training and staff development at the top of their list of priorities, and they are reaping the benefits.
“Whether that’s through external or internal workshops and seminars or online, there has been a shift in attitudes towards professional development. We ourselves organise free employment law and other seminars during the year to support businesses in the region.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with clients and candidates to help educate their future workforces and would encourage anyone who wants to find out more to get in touch.”
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