Study: Specialized skill sets more prized as talent becomes redundant

A business' success depends on a number of varying factors, among the most important of which is employee talent. Without a skilled workforce, firms are left without an innovative and creative engine for productivity. Companies that place themselves at the top of the talent game may want to reevaluate their situation, as a new study finds global talent is becoming more redundant and hiring managers are more pressed to find workers with specialized skills. This year will be a major pivot point for employee talent, and firms that wish to position themselves as hiring leader can consult recruiting agencies.

HR view of talent shifts in 2013
According to a talent outlook study by Zinnov, a marketing and globalization advisory firm, 2013 will be the year HR experiences a "paradigm shift" in how it approaches employee talent, with super-refined skill sets becoming more valuable in the eyes of hiring managers. Why the trend toward more specialized talent? Twenty-five percent of HR department respondents said they believe their current talent will be redundant within the next three to five years. As organizations look to recruit more new-age talent to power their operations, user experience and mobility were cited as priority skills moving forward.

As firms ponder the future of talent, survey results indicate many look to more technical areas of expertise. Fifty percent of respondents reported engineering skills would be among the most prized in future hiring plans; 40 percent said analytical skills – like those related to big data – and 32 percent said mobility.

However, businesses face some challenges when preparing for revamped talent acquisition practices. Fifty-percent said niche hiring and skill set assessment might prove to be difficult, while more than half said they are not equipped with analytical capabilities to inform HR decision-making and planning.

Silicon Valley hiring plans lead the nation
Overall, 75 percent of global respondents to the survey suggested they expect to increase headcount at their organization during the coming year. The plan to boost employment levels is good news for the domestic economy and technical recruiters alike: 80 percent of Silicon Valley respondents said they believe headcount will increase the most in their region, while 70 percent of respondents in other U.S. cities – including Baltimore, Boston and Dallas – said the same.

Vamsee Tirukkala, managing principal at Zinnov, indicated organizations may have a tough time recruiting for new specialized skills sets in technical disciplines mainly because such "skills were non-existent a decade ago." In order to prepare their business for a new talent agenda, firms should work with technical recruiters.