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.
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.