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Recruting Trends 2021

kessler.vogler 05. October 2022

We asked various experts how they experience the current recruiting scene and which trends can already be read today. Here are some of the statements:


«Much is in motion in terms of recruiting. In the battle for talents, particular attention is paid to a good candidate experience.»

– Simon Bosshard – Head Talent Acquisition, Julius Bär


«Interviews will be more and more done virtually only.»

– Sarah John-Tschachtli – HR Executive Director Wealth Mangement, Vontobel


«We are going to face increasing shortage of manpower in IT.»

– Adrian Frei – Country Head Resoucing Switzerland, AXA


«COVID pushed companies to accelerate the digitalisation of their hiring process. This trend is poised to further accelerate in 2021 and beyond.»

– Maxime Droux – Co-Founder,


«To deliver major selling points to candidates in your active sourcing initiatives will be a main challenge in 2021, as candidates seek security and reassurance during these times of uncertainty.»

– Stevens Moser – Head Talent Acquisition, MCH Group


«Although the recruitment cycles are increasingly shifting to the virtual world, companies cannot avoid the fact that they not only credibly differentiate themselves from their competitors in the battle for talent, but also provide arguments and advantages that are believable and convincing. This seldom succeeds in purely virtual conversations and so at the end of the day the fact remains that people can only be convinced by people in direct personal exchange. This recruitment trend combining technology and personal exchange will continue to dominate the coming decade.»

– Peter Vogler – Founding Partner, kessler.vogler,, APC Flex


«In 2021 in Switzerland, the social media trend will continue to grow. Most companies are already using LinkedIn with great success. However, the recruiters and companies who will have a huge advantage over their competitors are those that can engage, nurture and develop relationships with future candidates, offer an exceptional candidate experience and who can create and share outstanding and relevant content.»

– Lee Diamant – Founding Partner, WE RECRUIT


«As we have already seen in 2020, there will be more retainer mandates for positions with difficult requirements, high urgency or a high degree of confidentiality.»

– Patrick Mühlemann – Consultant Permanent Placements, kessler.vogler

«The job market is now ideal for finding new employees. A company that now thinks long- term will also be rewarded in the short term when it comes to finding suitable talent.»

– Davide Villa – CEO, JobCloud,,


«At Red Bull, we will focus on social media recruitment in 2021 to ensure a new dynamic in the process and to be more efficient.»

– Corinne Nussbaumer – HR Business Partner, Red Bull


«Virtual recruiting came to stay and recruiters will have to re-skill.»

– Flavio Battaini – Chairman of the Board, HR Tech Holding, x28, jobchannel


«Qualified skilled workers will be even more necessary in 2021 than before. This is precisely why it will be important to be very well positioned in the special skills with regard to recruiting. The element “technology” is becoming more and more elementary and thanks to online recruiting we will be able to generate more and more opportunities globally. Nevertheless, recruiting will remain a people business in 2021.»

– Olivier Fischer – Market Leader Global Strategic Recruiting, Credit Suisse

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