4 Tips for Finding Your Workday Role in 2020
There’s lots of demand for Workday skills at the moment. How do you secure the best opportunity for you?
In this article, we help answer that question.
Focus Cloud is 100% focused on recruitment for the global Workday ecosystem, which means we have unique insight into how the talent market works. We’ve crunched the numbers on 12 months of placements – plus conducted a survey of Workday talent worldwide.
Here we summarise the headline results for candidates and what they mean for your job search. (Get the full insight in this 2020 Workday Market Talent Review.)
- Keep an open mind about permanent vs contractor roles
The market has a bias towards permanent staff (54% of roles) over contractors (45% of roles). However, as Workday adoption increases and skills become more valuable, 60% of people in permanent roles would consider moving to contract work.
Contract work is certainly not for everyone, but depending on your motivators and skill level, it can offer interesting challenges. (If you’re considering it, check out this article on what it takes to be a successful Workday contractor.)
- Be realistic about salaries
Yes, it’s a lucrative time to have Workday experience. But you also need to be pragmatic with what you’re looking for.
When it comes to permanent roles, 59% of salaries are concentrated in the £40-90k range, with only 35% of people earning more than £90k. In terms of geography, market rates are generally lower in Europe than North America and APAC.
On the contractor side, 35% of people have rates in the £650-£849 range, and it’s fairly consistent across the regions.
71% of Workday specialists said that money was a top motivator in seeking a new role. If you’re one of them, make sure you keep the benchmarks in mind – and consider wider benefits like flexible working as you weigh up options.
- Be flexible when it comes to remote working
There’s a lot of remote working in the Workday ecosystem. In the survey, 83% of people said they work from home at least one day a week. 20% work from home 5+ days. However, 17% of people said they never work from home.
We continually emphasise to clients that remote working is crucial to selling roles to candidates. But many interesting projects involve regular days on site. The more flexible you are, the more likely employers are to reciprocate.
- Actively promote your soft skills
Workday experience and technical capabilities are key. But companies still need effective teamwork to achieve a successful deployment. The 2020 Workday Market Talent Review found that hiring managers are particularly competing for people who have:
- A proven track record working proactively
- The ability to help with team member and stakeholder management
- A results- and growth-oriented mindset
- A cultural fit with the company
Find creative ways to emphasise these on your CV and during an interview, and you’ll have a leg up when it comes to getting the best opportunities.
April 8, 2021
Focus 24/7 Episode #12 - Workday Transformations - What, Why and When | Featuring Jim Flowers
Welcome to episode 12 of the Focus 24/7 podcast series! We recently sat down with Senior Business Transformation Executive Jim Flowers. Jim is the Vice President of Consulting Services at Navigator Management Partners – so he knows a thing or two about business transformation. During our conversation, we explored where it's best to focus your business transformation efforts, how to implement the process best, and much more!
April 8, 2021
Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #11
Building a global workday team. Joel Kirkland MBIoR is taking the reins for Focus 24/7 this podcast, talking all things Workday with a very special guest. According to Muhammad Samir, Director - Workday Center of Excellence at The Weir Group PLC, you should start by ironing out how Workday will fit in with your existing business processes. He says that getting those end-to-end processes socialised and signed off early on will help with your future configuration plans. It’s a must-listen for any businesses thinking about making the switch to Workday in 2021.
April 8, 2021
Focus Cloud - 24/7 Episode #10
Joel Kirkland MBIoR is taking the reins for Focus 24/7 this podcast, talking all things Workday with a very special guest. Andrew Robertson, Technologist at Alfa Financial Software, talks us through the changes and challenges for internal roles during an implementation. Alfa, Workday went from a finance and HR tool to a company-wide platform.