In the dynamic landscape of the modern workforce, the conventional approach to recruitment is undergoing a transformation. Skills-based hiring and development is reshaping the way organisations attract and retain talent.

By embracing skills-based roles, organisations can not only access a broader pool of talent but also foster diversity, reduce unconscious bias, and prioritise employee development and retention.

Let’s delve into the key takeaways from our Make it work podcast episode that explored the benefits, challenges, and best practices of skills-based hiring.


A Wider Talent Pool and Enhanced Diversity

There has been a shift from traditional job title-centric hiring to a more nuanced approach based on skills. This shift opens the doors to a larger talent pool, fostering increased diversity within organisations. By focusing on skills rather than predetermined roles, companies can tap into a more varied and capable workforce.

This leads to a larger emphasis on the importance of evaluating candidates based on their skills and experience rather than simply years of experience. Practical exercises and assessments are valuable tools to gauge a candidate’s skills and critical thinking abilities accurately.


Transferable Skills, and Employee Retention

If we can classify roles in terms of skills, we are more able to develop our employees and increase internal mobility as they have identified transferrable skills. This can mean retaining our key people for longer.  


Employee Development and Career Pathways

Employees look for development and a clear growth path, yet managers often struggle to understand their needs. Skills-based roles can identify gaps and provide development rather than merely offering courses. It underscores the importance of aligning employee development with career pathways to ensure a motivated and engaged workforce.

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