How Has Pandemic Changed Hiring Trends

Healthcare and allied sectors witnessed maximum hiring in the pandemic years compared to other sectors

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all sectors, including the job market and the workplace. The employment scenario in 2022 looks significantly different than it did in 2019. The lockdown-induced restrictions forced companies to operate differently and rethink their organisational strategies and outlook. Most importantly, it prompted sudden changes which were swiftly implemented, from placing an onus on operational agility to employee-first orientation. It has changed the work model and hiring habits. With companies adopting hybrid models of working, it remains to be seen how feasible and applicable the new-normal trends are in the post-pandemic setup.

Prioritising employee well-being and health can also help enhance a company’s brand image and hiring activity.  When a firm supports employees’ work-life harmonisation, well-being and flexibility they are more engaged and productive, which sustains their high performance.

Diverse workforces are 48 per cent more likely  to outperform competitors. Previously, companies were limited by geography and budget constraints, but virtual ways of working have provided companies with opportunities to tap into a bigger pool of candidates. Talent, too, is more likely to consider companies that offer challenging career opportunities and foster an enriching work culture. 

Changing facets of industry growth

Healthcare and allied sectors witnessed maximum hiring in the pandemic years compared to other sectors. The field of health sciences has become an alluring career front for candidates from different backgrounds as well. Developing and bringing innovative, life-changing medicines and solutions to patients requires diversity of thought and diversity of thought comes from a diverse workforce. Our patients also come from a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds and we want to reflect our patient populations around the world in order to develop products and treatments that meet the needs of a broad and diversified patient population

The advent of digitisation led to telemedicine or virtual meetings becoming the new normal, facilitating the need for a workforce which understood the nuances of these capabilities. Moreover, there has been a huge focus on inclusivity to create a workforce comprising a multigenerational mix to avail the advantages of reverse mentoring too.

The landscape of healthcare, too, is changing substantially with rising innovation and emerging technologies. This has led to a paradigm shift in the hiring process and created new, high-value jobs in the pharma and health-tech space. There is also a growing trend of jobs being created at the intersection of industries such as pharma and IT, product and brand management, where human capital is high in demand.  Newer employment opportunities are present in the field of preventive medicine, AI-driven personalised care, regulatory specialisation, data analysis and research sciences. Sector-agnostic trends will continue to rise as the importance of human capital offering diverse skill sets continues to grow.

The way forward

In the new normal, we have a deeper understanding of how dynamic the market is for every business, it is a necessity to keep pace with the frequent changes. When organisations place an emphasis on adapting to changing times, they are empathetic to employees and put their needs first. Going forward, flexibility, hybrid work culture, multi-skill career options, focus on a balanced work-life approach aimed at overall employee well-being, are the changes that will enhance the overall employee experience and differentiate the best companies.

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