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Hot Hiring and Recruitment Trends in 2019

CareerBuilder’s annual recruitment study revealed that 40 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2019, and 47 percent plan to recruit part-time or contract workers. There is demand for full-time workers, as 50 percent of human resource managers say they currently have open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates. 

Hot Hiring and Recruitment Trends in 2019

Top Hiring Trends for 2019:

  • 32% of workers are looking to change jobs in 2019. When asked why they left their last job, they cited low compensation, lack of benefits, and poor company culture, respectively.
  • 80% of respondents said that soft skills would be equally or more important than hard skills when hiring candidates. The top soft skills employers hire for are the ability to be team-oriented (51%), attention to detail (49%), and customer service (46%).
  • Half of hiring managers recruit throughout the calendar year for positions that may open up later on. Of those who continuously recruit, 55% say this reduces their time-to-hire and 42% share it reduces cost-per-hire.
  • 55% of employers believe that, on average, 50% or more of all jobs include tech requirements, and 56% have paid for employees to get skills-based training outside the office, so they can move up to a higher-skill job within their organization. However, 66% of employees say their company does not offer educational opportunities or workshops outside of work hours to teach them new skills they could use in their jobs. Of those employees, 73% say they would be somewhat or extremely likely to participate if such opportunities were offered.
  • Employees cite factors like location (56%), affordable benefits plans (55%), job stability (55%), a good boss (48%), and good work culture (44%) as more important than salary when considering a position.
  • 29% of employers expect the average increase in salaries for existing employees to be five percent or more in 2019 compared to 2018.

Top Recruiting Trends for 2019:

  • 36% of HR managers cite improved user experiences for candidates, employees, and hiring managers as a top priority for recruitment and HR management going into 2019. Their next two priorities are helping recruiters to be more efficient in filling roles faster with higher quality candidates (29%) and expediting background checks (24%).
  • 39% of HR managers say technology would be most beneficial in helping with sorting through applicants to identify top candidates and remove candidates that are not qualified.
  • The biggest impact bad hires had on companies last year was less productivity (28%), a negative impact on employee morale (25%), and driving up costs for recruiting and training other workers (24%). Employers who have had a bad hire affect their business in the past year estimate the average cost of a bad hire is more than $18,700.
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