Facing up to a “war for talent
Very often, real needs are underestimated, as Elie Cohen, economist, director of research at CNRS and professor at Sciences Po, points out: “ I fear a massive shortage of engineers in Europe. In all traditional engineering professions, as well as in the digital and life sciences sectors. We didn’t take the measure of the needs. “
What’s more, we’re seeing a decline in the attractiveness of large institutions and traditional organizations to young graduates, who prefer to turn to start-ups, freelance work or set up their own businesses. The desire for freedom has replaced the need for security.
At the same time, the decline of selectivity as a symbol of prestige is notable. In her article “Freelancing and management: rethinking access to talent”, Medium Corporation’s Laetitia Vitaud sums it up as follows: “The greater the selectivity, the more recruitment becomes a costly bottleneck. Since it is impossible to devote sufficient time to examining every application, the process is necessarily slow and bureaucratic. The ‘Malthusian’ bias of selective recruitment causes a misalignment between the recruiter’s objective (to be selective) and that of the organization (to have the right profiles needed for the success of strategic activities).”