The Tenor of Hiring in Early 2023

Pharmaceutical & Biotech Hiring Trends 2023: Diversity, Tech Talent & The Future of Work

As we move through 2023, the landscape of hiring for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies is taking shape. At The Swan Group, a leading IT recruitment firm, we’re passionate about helping our clients build successful talent pipelines.

The 2023 Hiring Landscape:

WorkLife’s “Short List” highlights trends shaping the workplace in 2023. Among those on the “out” list are: rage quitting, over-hiring, and proximity bias. Meanwhile, trends gaining traction include:

  • Staggered Return to Office: Hybrid and flexible work models are becoming increasingly popular.
  • Quiet Quitting: Employees are prioritizing work-life balance and may be less engaged than in previous years.
  • Health Equity Benefits: Companies are offering more comprehensive health and wellness benefits.
  • Increased Focus on DEI: Diversity and inclusion initiatives are a growing priority for many organizations.

Broadening DEI Efforts to Include Socioeconomic Background:

February is Black History Month, and DEI strategies are a major focus for many companies. However, discussions on diversity often overlook socioeconomic background.

The Untapped Talent Pool:

Ruche Farmer, CEO of Last Mile Education Fund, emphasizes the vast potential of talent from low-income backgrounds. Expanding recruitment efforts beyond traditional sources can significantly increase your talent pool. Consider:

  • Targeted Outreach: Look beyond “usual suspects” like specific universities or internal referrals.
  • Skills-Based Hiring: Evaluate candidates based on skills and experience, not educational pedigree alone.

Tech Talent Beyond Tech Companies:

The New York Times reports that tech giants like Alphabet, Amazon, and Meta are not the only companies hiring tech talent. Many non-tech companies are actively seeking skilled IT professionals.

The Swan Group’s experienced IT recruiters can help your company identify and attract top tech talent, regardless of industry.

Black History Month Book Recommendations for DEI Leaders:

Looking to expand your understanding of diversity and inclusion? Here are a few recommendations:

  • Inclusion on Purpose by Ruchika Tulshyan
  • Don’t Label Me by Irshad Manji
  • Diversity in the Workplace by Bärí A. Williams
  • The Loudest Duck by Laura A. Liswood
  • Belonging At Work by Rhodes Perry

Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial for success in today’s competitive market. The Swan Group can assist you in developing a comprehensive recruitment strategy that attracts top talent across all demographics.

Contact The Swan Group today to learn more about our IT recruitment services.

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