Insight Report

PageGroup The Great X – Talent Trends 2022 Report

23 May 2022

Reflect key market insights for the year ahead and feature new insights, opportunities and market sentiment in Mainland China on prominent recruitment and talent-related topics, including flexible work, mental health, employee well-being, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I).


Talent Attraction: A sense of purpose and company culture starts from the top

Human capital is one of the most in-demand resources, and demand far outpaces supply. Industries like Technology, and Healthcare and Life Sciences continue to see a tremendous need for talent. We are witnessing individuals placing increased importance on company culture, a sense of purpose and leadership – ahead of company branding.

Growing Demand for Contracting Roles

There has been continued demand for projects that focus on digital transformation and restructuring. These specialised roles require flexibility, and specific domain and change management skills that are not crucial for a permanent workforce, and therefore, are driving demand for contract professionals from organisations in various industries.

DE&I is no longer a niche topic, and well-being is non-negotiable

We see a significant shift in the hiring landscape as candidates reject job interviews with companies that do not have clear DE&I policies. Our survey results show that many organisations currently lack defined policies and strategies. And that tells us that companies can no longer effectively attract and retain talent without a distinct policy and positive actions regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).

Employee Experience: Embrace a human-centric approach

Now more than ever, employees want a choice. As we see office environments become more open across most markets, employees demand the ability to choose where and when they work. There is no one-size-fits-all solution with employee preferences fluctuating across different job types and industries. Employers should consider redesigning the playbook from a more people-first perspective.

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