Research results show that the relationship between employers and employees is fundamentally changing. This needs to be acknowledged as companies hire for international relocations.

LinkedIn’s annual Global Talent Trends 2019 report identifies the four big trends fuelling this transformation. Plus, it shares the percentage of participants who agree that these trends are important to the future of HR and recruitment:

1. Soft Skills (91%)

The research reveals that 92% of people think that soft skills matter as much or more than hard skills. 80% say that soft skills are increasingly important to company success. With international relocations and recruitment, soft skills can significantly improve how quickly assignees settle into new roles and cultures increasing their own satisfaction as well as work performance.

2. Work Flexibility (72%)

Over 78% of jobs advertised within LinkedIn during the last two years mention work flexibility. This matches employees’ requirements. The number who find flexible work arrangements very important when considering a job has been rising steadily during the last few years. It has reached 31% of employees, an increase of 24% compared with 2013. This flexibility may help individuals to adjust to new working practices and routines as they embark on a new role abroad.

3. Anti-Harassment (71%)

80% of talent professionals say their company has started implementing at least one anti-harassment tactic over the last year. LinkedIn adds: “These employees are looking for companies to do a better job of handling and preventing harassment – especially in light of the #MeToo movement and the way it’s underlined how pervasive the problem is.”

4.  Pay Transparency (53%)

The research shows that 51% of companies don’t share salary ranges and are unlikely to start to do so. However those companies that share this data cite many benefits associated with recruitment:

  • Streamlines negotiation (57%)
  • Ensures fair pay (55%)
  • Filters our those who would decline the role (54%)
  • Allows the interview to focus on other topics (51%)

“The results show that employee requirements are evolving and these are even more important in specialist areas such as global recruitment or niche sectors,” says Louise Chilcott, Global Move Specialist at BTR International. “Our destination services are designed to offer the flexibility and transparency that today’s assignees expect whilst adjusting to meet the needs of each individual’s situation.”

To find out more, contact Louise for an initial discussion without obligation. Call her on +44 (0) 1582 495495 or email

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