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Tech Workforce Strategies in a Post-Pandemic World

In the wake of the global pandemic, the tech industry has embraced change and innovation in the way it operates and manages its workforce. 

The shift to remote and hybrid work, the acceleration of digital transformation, and the need for increased cybersecurity have significantly influenced how tech companies recruit, retain, and manage talent. In this blog, we explore key strategies the technology workforce, employers and recruiters have adopted post-pandemic to adapt to these seismic changes.

Embracing remote and hybrid work models

The most significant workforce shift post-pandemic is the widespread adoption of remote and hybrid working across many industries, including tech. Initially introduced through necessity due to lockdowns and social distancing measures, many companies have recognised the benefits of remote work.  

The benefits of a remote workforce include increased productivity, lower operational costs, employee wellbeing, and access to a wider talent pool, as geographical location is no longer such an issue. To adapt, tech companies are investing in digital collaboration tools and creating policies supporting work-life balance, ensuring employees remain engaged and productive regardless of location.

Prioritising digital skills and continuous learning

The pandemic necessitated digital proficiency across all roles within tech companies. And there's now a growing emphasis on hiring candidates with strong digital skills and a willingness to learn continuously. Companies are ramping up their learning and development programs, offering employees opportunities to upskill or reskill in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), cloud computing and cybersecurity. These programmes help to close the skills gap and aid employee retention by providing clear paths for career advancement.

Leveraging data-driven recruitment strategies

Tech companies are increasingly turning to data-driven approaches to streamline their recruitment processes and improve hiring outcomes. By analysing data on candidate sourcing, interview processes, and employee performance, companies can identify the most effective recruitment channels, refine their interview techniques, and predict candidate success in a given role. This approach allows for more efficient hiring and a better match between candidates' skills and job requirements.

Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

The pandemic has also brought renewed focus on the importance of DEI within the tech workforce. Companies are recognising that diverse teams are more innovative and have a better understanding of a global customer base. To improve DEI, tech companies are implementing bias reduction training, establishing diversity hiring goals, and creating more inclusive work environments that respect and value differences.

Investing in employee wellbeing and mental health

The pandemic and lockdown highlighted the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Tech companies are adopting a more holistic approach to employee benefits, including mental health support, flexible working hours, and wellness programs. By prioritising employee wellbeing, companies aim to reduce burnout and foster a more resilient and productive workforce.

Capitalising on the benefits of a post-pandemic world

The pandemic has accelerated changes that were already underway, and the technology workforce is leading the way in adapting to and thriving in this new world. As the tech industry continues to evolve post-pandemic, the ability to adapt to changing work models, prioritise continuous learning, leverage data in recruitment, foster diversity and inclusion, and support employee wellbeing will be crucial for success. 


For more information and advice, contact our specialist recruitment manager Mal Galuszczynska on 020 7850 6134 or malg@emr.co.uk











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