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Soft Skills, anti-harassment policies will trend in 2019 while hiring, reveals LinkedIn research

LinkedIn’s research reveals that soft skills have been assigned greater importance in developing markets like India that would play a crucial role in transforming the future of HR

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When it comes to hiring, soft skills, work flexibility, anti-harassment policies and pay transparency have emerged as the four trends that will gain momentum in India this year, Microsoft-owned professional networking platform LinkedIn said on Wednesday January 30.

The research revealed that soft skills have been assigned greater importance in developing markets like India that would play a crucial role in transforming the future of HR and the recruitment industry in developing countries, noted LinkedIn's "Global Talent Trends 2019" report.

With the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation technologies, 87% respondents in India believed that candidates with strong soft skills are becoming increasingly important to their organisations, while 53% say their companies have a formal process for assessing soft skills to employees.

"Salary has always been a confidential topic in the workplace and now with salary information on sites like PayScale and LinkedIn, companies are facing more pressure to own the conversation on pay," the report said.

Around 71% people in India agreed that sharing salary ranges is fostering greater job satisfaction for employees and 78% people fear that this could create salary disputes among current employees.

Even in India, 67% employees gave a thumbs up on joining companies that gave them an option to work irrespective of their locations

The report also stressed that compared to the 71% participants globally who believed that harassment prevention is a very important trend for the future of the hiring and HR industry, 87% Indians agreed with the notion.

"In India, 50% of hiring professionals say that companies talk about their harassment policies as part of their pitch to potential hires, nearly double the global average of 29%," the report claimed.

For developed markets like the European and American counterparts, the report revealed work-flexibility as an important factor in considering a new job.

Even in India, 67% employees gave a thumbs up on joining companies that gave them an option to work irrespective of their locations.

"With technology easing the way we work, 74% respondents in India believe that the main benefit from allowing employees to work remotely, is enabling them to achieve better work-life satisfaction," the report said.

The report had over 5,000 professionals across 35 countries, including more than 400 participants from India.

The Microsoft-owned platform recently announced that it has touched the 50 million user-mark in India with 562 million global members.

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