The Data Reveal Insights on Hiring Displaced Workers

HR Tech Outlook | Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Understanding how COVID-19 has displaced a large number of workers globally. And how workers most commonly want to leave industries such as retail and hospitality and switch to occupations such as healthcare, business services and social assistance.

FREMONT, CA: As layoffs and furloughs have created great market uncertainty, the arrival of COVID-19 has displaced a large number of workers in the global workforce. Since then, millions of people have returned to work in another job, but the unemployment rate is still as high as 6.7%, more than double the rate since the beginning of the year.

With the expansion of the current talent pool, understanding the importance of candidates to the recruitment team has become more and more important, because candidates have expressed more willingness to try new things and work in new industries. In our recent talent exchange live event, at a conference titled "Recruiting Displaced Workers Smarter: Insights from Original Research," Matt Krebs, Director of Learning Insights at Southern University of New Hampshire, outlined a recent project undertaken by the university Some results of the investigation.

To better understand the displaced workers, SNHU reported to more than 750 workers who have been unemployed since the beginning of the pandemic (48%), have switched from full-time jobs to part-time jobs (41%) or have been unemployed, but have since begun to engage in new full-time jobs (11%).

Among them, about 47% have no college degree, while 43% have an associate degree or a bachelor's degree, and 10% have a graduate degree. The average age is 31, and 70% of the respondents are women.

There is no doubt that many people want to stay and work in the area, so they want to change shifts. 72% of people choose an "ideal" industry that is different from their industry, and 62% say they want a different In their own work. They have had it before. Overall, workers are very realistic about the possible consequences, with 73% of workers saying that they want to receive training to get the job they need.

The impact of welfare is not mentioned in the survey. Many people will lose the opportunity to obtain welfare because of losing their jobs. Although the investigation did not raise questions, Krebs pointed out that the findings did point to factors that may be relevant to their interests because they are seeking specific skills that can lead to certain types of work.

The survey affirmed how the interviewee agreed with the statement that they will need new training to get the required position to evaluate the interviewee. 73% agreed to some extent, but 29% chose exactly the same answer, which is the most common answer in the six-point system.

When asked about the characteristics of the learning experience and what they are looking for, the most common answer from respondents is that they are looking for very specific skills for a particular position and need to learn a wide range of skills that can be applied to many jobs , Is the third most common answer.

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