Wave News: Year in review, hiring and design trends for 2022 and more

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Hello and welcome to the final edition of Wave news for the year!

And what a year it has been. We started 2021 in a fog of lockdown but came out of it with renewed vigour, helped by the pacy vaccination programme. As restrictions continued to ease and business confidence was boosted, jobs started to soar and the market was flipped on its head. It’s been an incredibly busy year and one we couldn’t have got through without support from each other and of course from you, who put your faith in us every day to provide quality products and outstanding service and support. Thank you. We look back on the year in our annual Wave Year in Review, which you can take a look at below.

We’ve spent a lot of time looking back at trends over 2021 to help formulate strategic plans for 2022. The way recruiters hire has rapidly changed in both practical ways and as a response to the shift in market dynamics. I think we can all agree that the workplace will never return to its pre-pandemic state. Changes that were beginning to happen prior to 2020 have been accelerated and a new world of work and of recruitment has emerged. We’ve detailed what’s changed and give our predictions for what will be the biggest hiring trends in 2022

Web designers are looking both backwards and forwards as we move into 2022. The 90s are making a comeback (visually, not technologically!) but we’ll also see advanced experimental trends emerging. There are dozens of new web design trends pushing through so we’ve focused on the ones we are most excited about.

As a vital part of your recruitment marketing strategy, you need to ensure that your recruitment website is working as hard it can for you. To do that, you need to track its performance by monitoring key web analytic stats via Google Analytics. To save you time, our data analyst has found and analysed the top recruitment website statistics from 2021 so that you can make changes as necessary to boost your website’s performance in 2022.    
In our round-up of the best of the rest from the world of recruitment, you can read about the pros and cons or retained recruitment, survey findings that employees would move jobs for extra flexibility, how to (and why you should) prioritise your jobs, and how to ask candidates for referrals without asking.

From all of us at Wave, we hope you have a restful Christmas break and a very happy, healthy and fruitful new year. See you in 2022!


What’s new…

Merry Christmas from all at Wave

As we did last year, we decided that we won’t be doing Secret Santa this year. Instead, we have donated the money we would have spent on presents for each other to Barnardo’s to help the thousands of children across the UK who, whether due to poverty, mental health issues or family circumstances, will be feeling left out and left behind this Christmas. Every child should be warm, well-fed and safe, not just at Christmas but all year round.


Wave 2021: a year in review >

We look back on a busy but exciting year – product updates, integrations, new clients, new websites, new content – and reflect on what we’ve learnt from a year like no other. Everyone at Wave has experienced the year differently and therefore has a different perspective, all of which we can learn from.


How 2021 re-shaped hiring (and the hiring trends to watch out for in 2022) >

2021 has been a monumental year for the recruitment industry. The market has been flipped on its head, candidate expectations have radically changed, tech has advanced and competition for talent has never been so fierce. We look at how 2021 changed hiring and what to expect in 2022. 


10 web design trends you need to know about for 2022 >

As an industry that combines fast-moving technology with continually changing creative design, web design is constantly evolving. To stay current, your recruitment website needs to evolve too. A new year brings fresh ideas that fuse technological advancement with great design and, as we show you in our top 10 trends for 2022, there’s lots to look forward to.


7 recruitment website statistics from 2021 (and what you can do to leverage them in 2022) >

Monitoring your recruitment website’s performance via analytics will help you to ensure that it is providing the results that you need it to. We’ve looked at the top recruitment website statistics from 2021 to help you enter a new year with a website that is indispensable to your recruitment marketing plan.


What we are reading…

Is retained recruitment right for you? >

Is or should retained recruitment be the goal of every recruiter? This article looks at the pros and cons of switching to retained recruitment and offers a balanced analysis.


Employees would move jobs if offered more flexibility >

A new Timewise survey has found that there is overwhelming support for flexible working from employees, so much so that many would choose to move jobs if offered more flexibility. 


Turn your open orders into money! >

In his inimitable way, Greg Savage argues that a smart recruiter will ‘triage’ their job orders, and to do that you have to know what he describes as your ‘fillability- factor.


How to ask for more referrals without asking >

In a candidate-short market, asking candidates for referrals is a smart tactic. This article tackles how to go about it.