UK firms join global trend for more internal hiring

UK companies are increasingly looking inwards to find talent for new roles since Covid-19.

More than half of HR leaders say they will be developing internal mobility programmes, according to a new report from LinkedIn.

Internal hiring was up 20% between April and August 2020, compared to the same period last year. LinkedIn said the trend is being echoed in countries around the world, with Germany (25%), Singapore (21%) and Mexico (20%) all hiring more internally than the global average of 19.6%.

The top functions people are moving into include marketing and finance. The report said:

  • Nearly a third of UK business leaders are focused on giving employees the opportunity to move into different roles
  • 64% of HR professionals say internal recruiting is now a top priority and 58% are focused on reskilling initiatives 
  • 60% say they will be developing internal mobility programmes.

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