PeopleScout Company Overview

PeopleScout Company Overview

Global talent solutions providing unmatched scalability to meet the professional, specialist, volume and contingent hiring needs of organizations of all sizes and sectors.

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Ultimate Recruitment Process Outsourcing Toolkit
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Ultimate Recruitment Process Outsourcing Toolkit

Our complete six-piece toolkit gives you the essential information on how RPO can boost your recruitment outcomes.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Buyer’s Guide
Buyer’s Guide

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Buyer’s Guide

Check out this in-depth exploration of RPO and how it can help you achieve your recruitment goals.

Global Hiring and Labor Market Trends Affecting Recruitment in APAC 
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Global Hiring and Labor Market Trends Affecting Recruitment in APAC 

Check out these labor market trends in APAC and their effect on talent acquisition in the region.

Connect More™: How PeopleScout is Elevating Your Connection to Talent 

In a world where the talent market is constantly evolving, PeopleScout knows that cultivating deeper, more meaningful connections is imperative. Now, as we unveil a refreshed identity, we build on the service we’ve delivered for over 30 years, delivering more insights, more imagination and more integrity.  

Connect More™ is our guiding principle. It reflects our unique approach that blends experience, insight and action to help employers build powerful connections with talent. 

We’re redefining what it means to a be talent acquisition partner.  

Too often we hear from clients about experiences they’ve had with other talent solutions providers in which one thing was said during the sales pitch only to have the stakes change once the ink was dry. Or times they’ve been forced into cookie-cutter processes that don’t support their unique needs. 

That’s why at PeopleScout we strive to do the opposite. We believe in keeping promises. We believe that listening creates a better experience and leads to better outcomes. We’re not perfect, but if we mess up, we make it right. 

We’re proud and humbled to say that this philosophy has led to some of the most enduring client relationships in the talent acquisition space—a testament to our commitment to creating connections that are truly meaningful. 

PeopleScout’s refreshed brand is grounded in differentiators that drive tangible value for our clients:  

Proven Delivery 

For over 30 years, PeopleScout has built our services on integrity, building trust through transparent communication and a proven track record of success.  

What That Means for You: 

You get a talent partner like no other to help you tackle your workforce challenges—large and small. Plus, as part of the TrueBlue family of brands, we are uniquely positioned to handle complex talent programs like no other firm in the world. 

Meaningful Connections 

PeopleScout has the demonstrated ability to connect with the most sought-after talent. From software engineers to neonatal nurses.  From Seattle to Singapore. 

What That Means for You: 

Our global delivery centers offer talent solutions across North America, EMEA and APAC, meaning we can grow with you as your needs change.  

Talent Advisory 

With one of the largest in-house talent advisory teams in the industry, we’ve got a wide range of experience with talent audiences across industries, skill sets, demographics and geographies. We are problem-solvers, creatives, organizational psychologists and operational experts.  

What That Means for You: 

Whether you need an award-winning candidate attraction campaign, a differentiated employer brand, market insights to fuel big decisions, a memorable candidate assessment experience or DE&I consulting—we have fresh ideas to help you stand out as an employer of choice. 

Data & Insights  

Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. We’re dedicated to arming you with the sharable, digestible insights you need to tell the right stories in your business so you can stand out and get ahead.  

What That Means for You: 

You can capitalize on the latest market analysis, AI tools, thought leadership and competitive intelligence to supercharge your people strategy.  

Human Touch  

We bring a personal touch to our engagement with passive candidates that ignites excitement about your opportunities. From the second we grab the candidate’s attention to the minute they walk through the door—we deliver a seamless candidate experience that turns applicants into advocates. 

What That Means for You: 

Whether you need to fill executive, leadership or niche roles our global search teams deliver top-notch, future-ready talent. 

Digital Transformation  

As digital transformation reaches talent acquisition, we’re helping our clients get ahead. Affinix™, PeopleScout’s proprietary talent technology suite, provides candidates with a digital-first experience and leverages AI, automation and data analytics to remove friction and improve outcomes. Plus, we’re on top of the latest tech solutions, testing new ways that AI and machine learning can create results for our clients. 

What That Means for You: 

You get an upgraded tech-stack that delivers a consumer-like, mobile-first experience for candidates and a frictionless, informed journey for hiring managers. 

Ultimate Scalability  

We’ve scaled up to handle the full-cycle, global recruitment of tens of thousands of annual hires for one of the world’s largest hotel brands. We’ve scaled down to hire a few dozen specialist engineers for an automotive start up. And we’ve handled everything in between.  

What That Means for You: 

Whether you need specialty, professional, volume or contingent hiring solutions—our unique blend of insight, creativity and technology creates an employer brand-steeped candidate experience talent will never forget.  

Speed and Agility  

In this tumultuous era, talent acquisition teams are struggling to respond quickly to sudden fluctuations and hiring peaks. That’s why we’ve created flexible solutions like Accelerate™ and Amplifiers™. Purpose-built for modern talent programs, our solutions provide employers with the agility required to compete in today’s talent market, address immediate hiring needs and deliver results faster.   

What That Means for You: 

You get focused support for peak hiring, hard-to-fill positions, compressed time frames and more—however it works best for you—without the lengthy implementation.  

Value  

Organizations of all sizes trust PeopleScout’s efficient recruiting processes and quick-deploy solutions that improve time-to-hire and retention rates, delivering the best talent matches and maximizing ROI. 

What That Means for You: 

We measure our every move, idea and recommendation—so you know you’re spending your budget where it matters most. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) 

DE&I is top of mind for talent leaders, including all of us at PeopleScout. While much progress has been made, there’s still work to be done. That’s why every PeopleScout solution has a DE&I component. PeopleScout integrates DE&I best practices into every solution, helping clients build a more diverse and inclusive workforce.   

What That Means for You: 

We’ll help you gain a better grasp of where you are, where you need improvement and how to find the right path forward. 

Are You Ready to Elevate Your Connection with Talent? 

PeopleScout’s deep expertise in recruitment, employer branding, talent attraction and recruitment technology makes us a recognized leader in talent acquisition. We connect clients around the world with the talent they need through Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Managed Service Provider (MSP), Total Workforce Solutions, and talent and technology advisory services.  

If you’re ready to elevate your connection with talent, let’s connect

DE&I Consulting

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Consulting

PeopleScout’s proprietary DE&I Maturity Index consists of three audits to evaluate how your employer brand, candidate experience and talent assessments are performing against your DE&I goals.

Download this fact sheet to learn more about we can help you explore ways to reduce unconscious bias, boost retention and attract diverse talent.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Consulting

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The Skills Crisis Countdown: The Clock is Ticking on Tackling Skills Gaps
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The Skills Crisis Countdown: The Clock is Ticking on Tackling Skills Gaps

Our latest research shows a detailed picture of the current state of skills in the global workforce and how HR leaders are preparing for the impending skills crisis

[On-Demand] The Human Advantage: Redefining Employer Value Proposition for the New World of Work
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[On-Demand] The Human Advantage: Redefining Employer Value Proposition for the New World of Work

Join this discuss on how shifting from a generic EVP to a tailored PVP focused on each individual can boost engagement and attraction.

Inside the Candidate Experience
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Inside the Candidate Experience

Download our free Inside the Candidate Experience report for the latest research exploring the disparity between candidate expectation and reality.

Church of England: Full-Scale Recruitment Process Review Through a DE&I Lens

Church of England: Full-Scale Recruitment Process Review Through a DE&I Lens

Church of England: Full-Scale Recruitment Process Review Through a DE&I Lens

The Church of England turned to PeopleScout to help them review and co-create a future-proof recruitment process strategy to support them in recruiting people who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

Situation

The Church of England (C of E) and its seven National Church Institutions (NCIs) have made great progress already in creating a diverse, fair, and unbiased recruitment processes. But, like most organizations, they face unique challenges. The main one being the barriers which come with being a faith and mission-based organization, coupled with the external perception of the Church. With the progress they had already made, the C of E were looking to accelerate the pace of change and take this to the next level, which is where PeopleScout came in.

Solution

The Church of England engaged PeopleScout to execute a recruitment process review through a diversity, equality and inclusion lens (DE&I) with the goal of uncovering further opportunities, including:

  • A forensic deep dive of over 80 internal documents spanning role creation, assessment policy, organizational values, and DE&I training.
  • DE&I data analysis of C of E’s recruitment processes focusing on progression and engagement.
  • Deep immersion in the organization and connection with its members to understand what is happening on the ground through discovery interviews and focus groups, winning hearts and minds along the way.
  • Regular consultative check-ins with the core team to ensure they are involved at each step of the way so they can own the recommendations.
  • Co-creating a vision of what the future can look like with an actionable roadmap decided by current C of E employees.

Results

Examples of some of our recommendations include:

  • Create a competency/behavior library and corresponding bank of interview questions to support hiring managers when designing role profiles, job descriptions and interviews for their roles.
  • Revisit the Church of England’s brand visibility, marketing strategy and transparency based on feedback from their new joiners in order to better attract candidates from all backgrounds and religious orientations.
  • Create clarity around instructions for filling out application forms to allow more consistency in response quality from candidates (e.g., using example responses).
  • Keeping interview panels to a maximum of two or three members from C of E to reduce candidate anxiety.
  • Create a central onboarding checklist to ensure everyone receives the same support when joining their role in any of the NCIs.

With the support of PeopleScout, Church of England’s National Church Institutions now have:

  • Clarity over their current strengths in diverse recruitment to roll out wider, as well as opportunities for improvement
  • Actionable, realistic, tailored recommendations for creating change in their unique organization
  • A co-created roadmap with both quick wins and long-term strategy to mobilize change immediately whilst maintaining momentum
  • Out-of-the-box ideas for talent attraction and candidate experience to boost the diversity of new joiners
  • Support and buy in from key stakeholders and employee resource groups so that any actions can have a lasting embedded impact

At a Glance

  • COMPANY: Church of England
  • PEOPLESCOUT SOLUTIONS: Recruitment Process Outsourcing
  • ABOUT CHURCH OF ENGLAND: The seven National Church Institutions (NCIs) work together at an international and national level, supporting the ministries of the Church.

Openreach Leadership Program: Finding the Directors of Tomorrow

Openreach Leadership Program: Finding the Directors of Tomorrow

Openreach Leadership Program: Finding the Directors of Tomorrow

One of the world’s largest communication organizations, Openreach, turned to PeopleScout for a sourcing-led recruitment solution including talent assessment design to find eight to 10 future directors for a brand new leadership program.

Situation

Openreach approached PeopleScout to help them stand up and deliver a new senior leadership program which would allow starters to rotate through a series of roles to provide them with the skills needed to be successful in a director position. The roles included:

  • Senior Engineering Area / Regional Manager Fibre Network & Delivery (FND)
  • Chief Engineer – Senior Operations Manager
  • Senior Area Manager – Service Delivery

Openreach wanted PeopleScout to drive the talent assessment process and to source candidates for the program, presenting a list of the most suitable.

The aim of the program was to improve diversity and innovative thinking within the business. The business was concerned about a lack of gender and ethnic diversity, and most of their employees came from a telecoms background. Openreach wanted to bring in candidates from diverse backgrounds with experience managing large operational teams outside of the telecoms sector.

Openreach also wanted to improve career pathways within the business. So, our second aim was to support internal mobility by introducing a new step stone between senior management and director levels.

Our team were given a short time frame of just four weeks to create a solution and design the process. Plus, we then had to present candidates to Openreach for interviews in a competitive market.

Solution

Our team were tasked with attracting and sourcing candidates, designing and supporting the assessment center and completing the recruiter screening.

Advertising Plan

To start, we interviewed senior leaders and heads of resourcing to understand the transferrable skills they were looking for. From this we were able to make a target list of industries and organizations which had similarities. These included field operations and management, logistics, and engineering as well as consumer-centric operations such as retail.

With this intel in hand, we developed a solution which included a candidate attraction marketing campaign, including writing job copy and building a microsite.

Our team devised an inclusive and effective advertising plan. This involved creating a tailor-made job advert and a microsite containing relevant and exciting content about the opportunities available. Using imagery and quotes from their current directors, we brought the Openreach story to life and showed what real employees’ roles looked like. We supported our diversity goal by using both female and male directors in the attraction content.

The microsite played the biggest part in telling the story, taking potential leadership program candidates through their first few years at the company, detailing where they’ll end up.

We partnered with Openreach’s media partner for the campaign strategy for which LinkedIn was predominantly used. Posts from employees were used as well as brand-led posts that recruiters leveraged to highlight roles. We again drove our diversity objectives by using more women in our social media posts to amplify their voices.

A Sourcing-Led Approach

To begin, the recruitment process was sourcing-led, focusing on the candidate experience and the thorough qualification of candidates. We also specifically targeted passive candidates from the industries we identified with key transferrable skills. In order to help bring the roles to life, we directed candidates towards the microsite and video content that PeopleScout created for the campaign.

Talent Assessment

Our team worked with Openreach senior leaders to design an assessment solution, involving job analysis and a competency assessment framework. This enabled us to create a stepwise assessment process to evaluate candidates through cognitive testing and personality profiling. The penultimate stage involved a competency-based interview to identify a shortlist of candidates to present to Openreach for final interviews.

The assessment design included a feedback report from the interview panel for each candidate as well as a feedback interview for candidates who completed the testing stage.

Results

PeopleScout’s assessment design for Openreach led to:

  • Improved diversity amongst new program joiners. Amongst the new joiners, 25% identified as female and another 25% identified as Asian or Black. All selected hires scored highly in both the online test assessment and the interview.
  • 3:1 interview-to-offer acceptance rate. Our detailed assessment process was a good predictor of success. From the 81 candidates who were screened by recruiters, 34 candidates were selected for assessment, with 23 advancing to final interviews. Out of the 23, 10 were offered roles with eight acceptances.

The overall process from start to finish included a collaborative relationship between all teams at Openreach and PeopleScout to successfully deliver a brand new program.

Ten months on from the candidates’ start dates, we can confirm they have all successfully passed probation and are all actively working towards a director position.

“PeopleScout were really thorough, understood our requirements and ensured that they were able to accurately represent our business and the specific roles we were recruiting for. Communication throughout the process was excellent and they delivered the end result we were looking for.  When we surveyed our new joiners about their pre-hire experience, without exception they all held PeopleScout in high regard. We would have no hesitation in using PeopleScout in the future.”

Katrina Baillie, Head of Resourcing, Openreach

At a Glance

  • COMPANY: Openreach
  • PEOPLESCOUT SOLUTIONS: Recruitment Process Outsourcing
  • ANNUAL HIRES: 10 future leadership program candidates
  • ABOUT OPENREACH: Openreach Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group. The telecomm provider maintains the copper wires and fibre cables that connect homes and businesses to phone and broadband.

Driving Diversity: Transforming Graduate Recruitment for Road Maintenance Company

Driving Diversity: Transforming Graduate Recruitment for Road Maintenance Company

Driving Diversity: Transforming Graduate Recruitment for Road Maintenance Company

A prominent UK road infrastructure organization partnered with PeopleScout to develop an early careers recruitment process that would boost diversity.

Situation

Our client faced a decline in overall applications from graduates, raising concerns about the availability of diverse talent, especially in the engineering space. To address this challenge, they partnered with PeopleScout to develop a recruitment process that would prioritize diversity and inclusion amongst graduates hires. The objective was not only to attract exceptional talent, but also to engage and nurture candidates from various backgrounds, ensuring an inclusive and representative workforce. 

Solution

PeopleScout collaborated with the company to design a successful early talent campaign strategy. One key focus was to target the ‘Gen Z’ demographic while actively reaching out to a diverse array of candidates from different locations and backgrounds. To accomplish this, our recruitment experts executed a process designed to reduce adverse impact for all ethnic groups. The candidate attraction campaign also utilized inclusive language and imagery in the media strategy, ensuring that the campaign resonated with candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Utilizing Media for Outreach

Employing their employer branding imagery, the campaign leveraged social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat as well as the Google Display Network. With images that represented various groups, the campaign generated an impressive 29,000 clicks, effectively driving traffic to the career site, which produced over 42,000 total click-throughs to view available roles.

Mitigating Adverse Impact

After candidates applied and completed assessments, an adverse impact analysis was conducted, particularly following the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) stage. The analysis aimed to ensure that the benchmarking process did not negatively affect any ethnic group.

SJTs, known for their robustness and unbiased assessment experience, were used to screen a high volume of candidates. The automated scoring process helped reduce bias compared to traditional methods like resume CV evaluations. They also have lower adverse impact compared to other selection methods, such as cognitive ability tests.

This assessment method, combined with ensuring the recruitment coordinators who managed the candidate journey did not receive any ethnicity information about the candidates, helped eliminate unconscious bias and resulted in greater diversity of the candidate pool. 

Results

The collaboration and communication between PeopleScout and the client yielded remarkable outcomes. Throughout the campaign, the PeopleScout delivery team handled over 2,000 calls and emails. Among the 2,656 applications received for the graduate scheme, 54 offers were made, with 39% of these offers going to female candidates and 36% to candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The successful partnership has significantly transformed their graduate recruitment process. By placing diversity and inclusion at the forefront, the company has paved the way for a more representative workforce. As they strive to achieve their strategic goal of 5% of their total workforce coming from early careers talent by the end of 2024, they continue to work with PeopleScout as their recruitment partner, ensuring a future that is diverse, inclusive and innovative.

At a Glance

  • COMPANY: Road infrastructure company
  • PEOPLESCOUT SOLUTIONS: Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Talent Advisory
  • ANNUAL HIRES: 50+ early careers positions

Menopause in the Workplace: Creating a Supportive Environment for Women

Once a taboo topic, menopause in the workplace is having a moment. And it’s about time. Globally, 657 million women are in their menopausal years (aged 45–59) and around half contribute to the labor force. According to CIPD, three out of five (59%) working women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work.  

With stereotypes and embarrassment persisting, some women try to push through the challenges on their own. But at an age when many women are stepping into leadership roles, employers must do more to support employees who are experiencing symptoms of menopause in the workplace. 

What is Menopause? 

Menopause signals a natural transition in a woman’s life, marking the end of menstruation and fertility. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 as hormone levels fluctuate and decline. While a normal part of aging, menopause can usher in a variety of symptoms. Hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, memory lapses, mood swings—no two women experience it the same.  

How Menopause Impacts Women at Work 

In the same CIPD report, nearly two-thirds (65%) of women said they were less able to concentrate. More than half (58%) experienced more stress, which led to less patience with clients and colleagues.  

Not only do menopause symptoms disrupt focus, but they can also impact morale and attendance. In fact, 30% of impacted women have taken sick leave because of their symptoms. However, only a quarter of them felt able to tell their manager the real reason for their absence with some citing embarrassment (34%) and concerns about privacy (45%). Even more concerning is that another 32% said an unsupportive manager was the reason for not disclosing. In some cases, women have even left their jobs due to these challenges.  

The decrease in engagement and loss of productivity shouldn’t be overlooked by employers. A report from the Mayo Clinic revealed the U.S. economy loses $26.6 billion (USD) each year due to lost productivity and health expenses resulting from employees who are managing menopause symptoms.   

With the right support, women can shine through menopause without missing a beat in their careers. Enlightened leaders can create a culture where women openly discuss their experiences and get the flexibility they need.  

How to Create a Supportive Environment for Menopause in the Workplace 

HR leaders have real power to destigmatize menopause and help women thrive. By treating this transition as you would any other employee wellbeing topic and regularly evaluating policies, you can set the tone for women in your organization. Menopause isn’t just about managing symptoms. It’s about supporting employee growth. 

So, how can CHROs foster a supportive environment for menopausal staff? Here are some recommendations: 

1. Encourage open dialogue and self-advocacy. Make space for open, judgment-free conversations about menopause and let women know assistance is available. Breaking the stigma through dialogue and education is key. 

2. Review policies through a menopause lens. Is time off sufficient? Are you penalizing women unfairly? Consider putting a dedicated menopause policy in place. Ensure that work schedules, remote work options, and time off allowances give women managing menopause the flexibility they need to manage their symptoms.  

3. Make accommodations. Give leeway on start times for sleep struggles. Allow remote work flexibility. Simple adjustments like cooling fans, access to cold water and relaxed dress codes can go a long way to help ease hot flashes. 

99% of women don’t get any menopause benefits at work 

4. Provide education. Make educational resources readily available including FAQs, support groups, webinars, workshops. Consider offering menopause-specific training for managers so they feel more comfortable initiating menopause discussions. Plus, ensure they understand your policies to ensure women are not penalized or sidelined in performance reviews and career advancement unfairly due to menopause difficulties. 

It’s time to move past minimizing women’s symptoms or whispering about “the change.” Companies that support women experiencing menopause in the workplace are better at holding on to experienced female talent and avoiding costly turnover. With the right policies and culture, women can feel empowered and valued during this transition. When women feel their company has their backs through this transition, that loyalty and trust lasts. They’ll repay it with their talent and dedication. 

Supporting a Major Retailer in Creating Opportunities for Afghan Refugees

Supporting a Major Retailer in Creating Opportunities for Afghan Refugees

Retail talent solutions

Supporting a Major Retailer in Creating Opportunities for Afghan Refugees

A leading multinational retailer enlists their RPO partner, PeopleScout, to extend support for their career coaching program to refugees fleeing Afghanistan.

A New Start

Since 2021, thousands of Afghan refugees have applied for asylum in the U.S. as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) following the fall of Kabul. For our client, a major multinational retailers, serving people and communities has always been at the center of their work. So, they jumped at the chance to help their new neighbors by supporting the mission of the Welcome.US coalition and sponsoring programs that aid refugees fleeing Afghanistan to build a new life, including helping them to create a livelihood and reach their individual goals.

Expanding a Career Counseling Program to Refugees

As their trusted RPO partner of nine years, the retailer turned to PeopleScout to expand an existing career coaching program to support Afghan refugees, making them among the first companies to work side-by-side with national resettlement agencies, military bases, the White House, national NGOs and other corporations to shape the Welcome.US platform.

Following previous success with delivering career counseling to military veterans and their spouses, PeopleScout is now supporting new arrivals from Afghanistan in the program to gain employment, explore entrepreneurship and access education support and resources.

The program matches PeopleScout career coaches with Afghan refugee participants. Our coaches are embedded in the client’s culture and act as a seamless part of their team. Leveraging language and translation skills to support Afghan refugees in their preferred dialect, the coaches hold virtual meetings with the participants to understand their existing skills and future goals. Then, the coaches connect them with resources to help them build a new future, typically along three tracks.

  1. Employment
    The career coach assesses the participant’s skills, strengths and past work experience. Then they help participants to build or hone résumés, complete job applications, and prepare for job interviews to help them transition to employment in the U.S.—whether that’s with client’s brands or another organization.
  2. Entrepreneurship
    Coaches connect individuals with the resources they need to start their own businesses.
  3. Education
    PeopleScout coaches help participants enter educational programs or gain the certifications they need to reach their overall career goals.

This emphasis on career counseling allows the participant to drive the program at their own pace, leveraging their coach as much or as little as they like. Refugees can tailor program to their needs and goals so they can grow and thrive in their new home.

At a Glance

  • COMPANY: Leading multinational retailer
  • PEOPLESCOUT SOLUTIONS: Talent Advisory
  • LOCATIONS: Over 10,000 stores in 20 countries

The Future of HR: Insights from Our EMEA Team

September 26 marks Human Resource (HR) Professional Day, where we recognize the dedication of HR experts. HR plays a vital role in organizations, serving as the bridge between management and the workforce. HR professionals are involved in all stages of an employee’s journey, from talent sourcing to overseeing the departure process.

The pandemic has changed forever the way we work, creating new norms in the workplace. HR have faced several challenges, including flexible work and the wellbeing of employees. As the workplace evolves with four generations—Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z—in the workplace paired with the acceleration of generative AI impacting various job roles, HR will continue to be challenged.

We sat down with our EMEA HR team to ask them about what they’d like to see happen in the future for HR.

Trisha Gajjar, Head of HR EMEA

I work closely with leaders across EMEA and our global organization to lead people programmes and create strategies that drive employee engagement and performance. My role focuses on advising leaders across PeopleScout on organizational design, leadership development and succession programmes, all in alignment with our overall business priorities. As Head of HR, my strategic vision entails cultivating an environment where exceptional talent thrives, while working closely with EMEA leadership and supporting APAC. We strategically champion a culture of inclusivity, growth and employee well-being.

I would like to see HR embracing AI-driven solutions to enhance efficiency in routine tasks. AI-powered tools can mitigate recruitment and promotion bias, moving us closer to inclusion and diversity aims. Additionally, HR should harness AI for predictive analytics to anticipate workforce trends and address issues before they become significant challenges. However, it is important to note that while AI integration is crucial, maintaining a human-centric approach in areas like employee well-being, complex conflict resolution and personalized career development requires emotional intelligence and compassion. The future HR function that I envision artfully balances AI efficiency with human empathy.

Lara Hawkins, UK Lead Business Partner

I operate across a true HR generalist spectrum, and day to day I work on anything from compenzation and benefits to employee relations. Much of my core focus includes working closely with our Head of HR to support shaping the people agenda within the business. I have the absolute pleasure of working in close partnership with our wider EMEA HR teams to align our goals, projects and priorities to achieve our shared employee experience vision. A key and much-loved part of my role is to deeply connect with our people at all levels to identify opportunities and present solutions, initiatives and processes that are mutually beneficial to the wider organization and the people that make up PeopleScout.  

I can’t wait to see, and continue to be part of the continued evolution of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Regulation will get us so far, but we are so fortunate to be surrounded by forward thinking and creative minds within this field, and those that we partner with, to make such an impact.

Laura Lovelock, HR Advisor

Day to day I am an operational point of contact for employees and managers within the business, and I am responsible for providing appropriate guidance and support. I work in partnership with managers when it comes to employee relations, ensuring accurate advice is given so matters are handled in line with company policy and procedures. I also support in the continuous learning and development of our managers through e-learning and live sessions covering a variety of topics from onboarding and reasonable adjustments to flexible working. I also provide support to wider teams and organizational projects.

What would you like to see happen within HR in the future?

I am keen to see what (if any) significant changes are made under the Revocation & Reform Act 2023. EU-related legislation will be revoked, so it will be interesting to see if the government implement any significant changes going forward.

Martyna Lizakowska, HR Administrator

In this role, I have the pleasure of working with both the Polish and UK HR departments. I find answers to various employee questions, support new joiners to the business and prepare reports and presentations for our wider teams.

What would you like to see happen within HR in the future?

Personally, I would like to see HR using technology as effectively as possible, so that we can automate more processes, without generating unnecessary paperwork. I would like to see more creative initiatives in HR-related fields like employee engagement, employer branding and corporate social responsibility.

But what will the world look like for talent acquisition leaders in the next 10 years? Read our whitepaper, Destination 2030: 10 Predictions for What’s Next in the World of Work, to explore the latest research and global workforce trends, and their potential impact on the future of work.  

The Power of Predictive Analytics in High-Volume Recruitment

By Amelia Krol, Business Analytics Lead

While navigating through high-volume recruitment processes, organizations often find themselves overwhelmed by the number of applications for a multitude of positions, ranging from entry-level roles to specialist positions. This can be a costly and time-consuming process that can damage the candidate experience and doesn’t guarantee candidate quality. This is where predictive analytics steps in, transforming the recruitment landscape.

Driven by advanced data analytics techniques and machine learning, predictive analytics offers a strategic advantage in managing high volumes of roles as well as ensuring the right fit.

How Does Predictive Analytics in Recruitment Work?

Predictive analytics involves the use of historical data, such as applicant resumes, interview feedback, performance data, and employee tenure to create models that predict future candidate success. Predictive analytics finds patterns and correlations within this data to identify characteristics that lead to successful hires. These indicators could include specific skills, educational background, work experience, and even personality traits that align with the company culture. This data-driven approach ensures a higher standard of candidate quality, as recruiters are guided towards individuals whose attributes align seamlessly with the organization’s culture and role requirements.

Furthermore, this strategic deployment of predictive analytics doesn’t merely benefit the organization; it elevates the candidate experience by matching applicants with roles that resonate with their skills and aspirations. As a result, candidates feel more engaged and valued throughout the recruitment journey, culminating in enhanced hiring outcomes and a positive brand reputation.

Predictive analytics presents itself not as a solution, but rather as a dynamic framework for continuous improvement. Organizations can leverage powerful analytics to determine fundamental employee attributes for specific roles, effectively managing the hurdles of volume hiring and retention. This involves harnessing predictive analytics insights to craft bespoke pathways that foster workforce growth. 

Predictive Analytics in Action

In late 2021, one of our hospitality clients, Merivale, faced the challenge of recruiting 800 roles within six weeks. Partnering with PeopleScout, they turned to Affinix™, our proprietary talent acquisition suite with includes Affinix Analytics. PeopleScout’s strategy involved deploying Affinix to swiftly source and categorize applicants based on role streams. To ensure quick turnarounds, a tech-powered approach was implemented, utilising video and phone interviews. Leveraging Affinix’s real-time analytics dashboards, candidate responses were screened using built-in AI-powered tools to dynamically filter them into qualified roles. Referrals from current staff were also encouraged through Affinix CRM tool. Despite the challenging talent market, PeopleScout achieved remarkable results a time-to-offer of just 3.36 days and a time-to-fill of 5.5 days. The collaboration’s success continues as they meet the client’s ongoing talent needs, emphasising the transformative role of Affinix’s analytics in the current market.

Several tools are employed for predictive analysis in recruitment, leveraging data-driven insights to enhance hiring decisions. Affinix seamlessly integrates AI, machine learning, digital interviewing and more. It’s a comprehensive solution for streamlining recruitment and enhancing candidate experience. Affinix encompasses various features, including AI Sourcing, which identifies passive candidates for each job posting. CRM optimisation and requisition management enable enhanced communication and talent pool creation based on skills and other factors. Moreover, Affinix Analytics provides job seeker analytics and operational metrics to understand the end-to-end recruitment process. The platform’s integration with HR technologies solidifies its holistic approach to talent management.

Making Informed Decisions about Predictive Analytics

Although promising, predictive analytics, and AI in general, can be perceived as being risky. The key concern is the potential of creating biased algorithms, which can limit diversity in the hiring process and create inequalities. Bias might be present in the historical data fed into the model, from which the algorithm learns. Additionally, the accuracy of predictive models could be compromized due to the constant changes in the recruitment industry as well as evolving organizational needs.

Moreover, the complexity of machine learning algorithms can decrease transparency in decision-making, which would make it challenging for candidates to understand the reasoning behind rejections. Furthermore, quantifying skills and abilities could be difficult for certain roles.

In 2018, a leading retailer released the results of hiring software that was developed internally. The AI scored female candidates lower than male candidates due to bias in the data used to train the model. The model was trained using the company’s historical hiring data, which mostly consisted of men. As a result, AI saw male candidates as preferable to female candidates.

Organizations considering using predictive analytics in recruitment should keep these issues in mind, particularly as they gather data that the models will use. If any bias is discovered by the predictive model, it’s an opportunity for you to introduce (or update) unconscious bias and diversity training to your hiring managers.

Changing the Recruitment Landscape with Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics in recruitment is a powerful force in changing the landscape, particularly in the context of high-volume hiring. The integration of historical data with cutting-edge HR technology optimizes the recruitment process, enriches the caliber of selected candidates and ensures that talent acquisition supports the strategic objectives of the organization. However, balancing the benefits and limitations of this approach is crucial for a responsible and effective application of predictive analytics in high-volume recruitment.  

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