We class ‘in-demand’ talent purely in recruitment terms. Specifically, they are the ones that are ‘in-demand’ in the job marketplace. Usually, there isn’t enough of them to go around. Consequently, organisations are competing aggressively to recruit them.
They usually fall into two categories:
- Candidates with unique skills that are in short supply. Usually, it is in a niche area or in an expanding industry. Examples could be a specialist programmer in a particular application or an accountant with experience in a specific scenario. Without them, the organisation would struggle to take advantage of new opportunities and grow.
- Someone who is unusually good in their role. Their superior performance can significantly impact the success of the organisation. It could be a successful sales director with an exceptional track history in profit growth or it may be a resourceful operations manager who has transformed the profitability of their division.