In recent years, companies have been more willing to consider applicants who don't necessarily have a college degree or minimum years of experience. It’s one of the top workplace trends known as skills-based hiring. According to TestGorilla’s The State of Skills-Based Hiring 2022 report, 76% of employers use some skills-based hiring to find new talent, with almost 55% using role-specific skills tests.
It’s also evident that the shift is accelerating, given that a growing number of professionals don't need a degree to perform their jobs. For example, in the U.S., over the past year, LinkedIn has seen a 21% increase in job postings advertising skills and responsibilities instead of qualifications. In addition, according to a recent SHRM survey, 1 in 4 organizations that use pre-employment tests plan to expand their use of them in the next five years. And of those who don’t use them, 1 in 10 plan to start.
Despite a challenging economy, companies struggle to attract and retain highly skilled workers. That's why being able to pivot and implement cutting-edge talent practices is more critical than ever. Let’s look at why the most forward-thinking employers are embracing skills-based hiring.