If you are employed and have not learned this, you may lose your job: the quality that pandemic employers demand

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In a pandemic, you have to adapt to changes in the labor market. And it seems that one of the directions is for employers to ask for more for about the same pay.

The labor market has reinvented itself in the pandemic and brought changes that many did not anticipate, whether we are talking about employers or employees. Now, expectations have changed on both sides. An eJobs study, for example, comes with surprising conclusions.

Three out of five Romanian employers (58.2%) expect that in this period generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, employees will quickly develop new skills, such as digital ones. Who doesn’t know them is no longer useful. Also, another almost 51% rely on the availability of employees to take over other responsibilities than those in the job description.

What do your pandemic bosses ask of you?

Employers most, but do not offer more. Wages remain at a level similar to the period before the pandemic. Compared to the previous Covid-19 period, for 44.5% of companies now the flexibility of those in the team regarding the responsibilities they have is especially important, while 36% of employers expect a greater adaptability of them to the changes through which pass the company.

In fact, 40% of the companies responding to the BestJobs survey say that they keep the team intact in the next period, while 27% talk about restricted activity and layoffs of up to a maximum of 10% of staff.

Regarding the evolution of the number of employees since March, since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, and until now, almost two thirds of the surveyed companies (64%) say that they have kept the same number of employees or even increased the team. (18%) amid the growth of certain activities in the company. Among the candidates for new positions, the main skills and competencies that companies are looking for and that they place more emphasis on are adapting to the current context of the labor market and the company (64.54%), the ease of integrating faster in the team. , in the context of limiting social interaction (53%), flexibility in terms of the place of activity, from the company headquarters or at home (31%), but also entrepreneurial skills (28%) or new skills (21%).

Job interviews are also conducted mainly online (70%), and in this context Romanian employers note that the interest of candidates has increased, being registered with up to 48% more job applications, compared to January-March.

Wages remain at a level similar to the period before the pandemic and, moreover, more than half of companies say they will not add new extra-salary benefits during this period, while 12% of respondents offer employees new benefits, such as coaching sessions for personal and professional development.

The survey was conducted between October 1-22, 2020, on a sample of 220 small, medium and large companies in Romania.

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