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Why Skills-based Hiring Will Unlock Business Growth

There’s a growing recognition in the talent management and recruitment industry that “skills first” is the more efficient and equitable model for assessing and hiring staff – broadening the talent pool, and helping to meet the challenges of widening skills gaps, by focusing on capabilities and potential over formal qualifications. 

Skills-based hiring has the potential to unlock significant business growth by helping you align talent strategies more closely with organizational goals. 

Finding efficiencies – and agility

82% of employers using skills-based hiring said that it would reduce their time to hire. – Talent Tech Labs

In a rapidly changing business environment, agility and adaptability are essential for survival and growth. Skills-first hiring means being able to quickly identify and onboard talent with the skills needed to address emerging challenges and seize new opportunities.

Whether it’s entering new markets, adopting new technologies, or responding to shifting consumer preferences, businesses can pivot more effectively with a workforce equipped with the right skills. 

As discussed in our recent webinar, being able to identify peoples’ adjacent skills – something Beamery’s AI can do – also hugely widens your talent pool. Organizations hiring in large quantities will likely find that, if they can quantify adjacent skills, they will find they have far more flexible talent strategies. 

Mitigate talent risk 

Today, organizations not only grapple with retention and hiring challenges, but also with uncertainties on whether they can train or recruit the necessary talent for future needs. By aligning talent acquisition with business strategy, skills-based hiring lets organizations mitigate those risks – hiring for potential, to meet evolving business demands effectively.

Zoning in on particular areas of the business – perhaps technical roles – where you can hire for potential, is a good way to mitigate talent risk.

66% of workers say that they would remain at an organization that values and makes skills-based decisions. – Deloitte 

Skills-based hiring also helps with retention – so you avoid talent leakage. Employees genuinely feel aligned to an organization when they feel that they are recognized for the skills that they're bringing and not just the schools they’ve attended or the specific companies they might have on their resume.

Skills-first hiring fosters a culture of continuous learning and development, where employees are encouraged to enhance their skills and pursue career advancement opportunities. This leads to higher levels of employee satisfaction, lower turnover rates, and a more stable workforce… which is crucial for sustaining business growth over time.

Build stronger teams 

Skills-based organizations are 107% more likely to place talent effectively within their organization. – Deloitte 

Matching candidates to roles based on their skills leads to better job fit and performance. And even better: employees who are well-suited to their roles are more engaged, productive, and motivated. They require less time and resources for training and onboarding, meaning you are achieve business goals, and doing so more efficiently. 

Moreover, by focusing on skills rather than traditional qualifications, skills-first hiring opens the door to a more diverse talent pool. This diversity brings a range of perspectives, experiences, and ideas to the table, fostering innovation and creativity within your organization. 

With a diverse workforce, businesses can better understand and cater to the needs of a broad customer base, leading to increased market reach and growth opportunities.

The benefits of a skills-first approach clearly extend beyond the TA function – and with skills-based resource planning, workforce planning, and internal mobility, you can use your skills intelligence to gain an even greater competitive advantage. 

Learn more about skills-based hiring, and how to get started with Beamery.