Photographed by Ruby Yeh.
In its forthcoming 2014 Salary and Job Market Report, talent recruitment agency 24 Seven found that brands seek a "digitally sophisticated" set — a.k.a. those fluent in social media and e-commerce. "Employers need people who, rather than knowing technology, are comfortable with technology, who understand and can use the new technology that's on the selling floor," President Celeste Gudas told Women's Wear Daily.
Of the 1,400 execs, managers, full-time staff, and freelancers surveyed, 60% said they "feel they're in demand in the market," up 10% from the 2013 poll. And, 80% reported an increase in being courted for possible gigs. The report didn't attribute heightened interest to respondents' e-smarts, but Gudas did describe "a continuing tale of two job markets" that leaves people looking for so-called "conventional" roles high and dry.
However, there's hope (and night classes) for the digitally challenged: 86% of execs noted a rise in their companies' hiring rates, compared to 54% last year, and fewer employees plan to soon vacate their positions.
Plus, we're a happy lot: 68% of full-time staffers and 77% of freelancers said they have a "good" or "great" work-life balance. Does scrolling through You Did Not Eat That count as work? (Women's Wear Daily)