Recruiting will be just as challenging in 2017 as this year, or maybe even more so, according to 95% of respondents in a survey of more than 1,600 recruiting and HR professionals by Jobvite, a provider of recruitment software, including an applicant tracking system.
To get hires in place, recruiters are using incentives. The survey found 68% of HR professionals are raising salary offers, 64% are offering financial rewards for referrals, 44% allow for flexible work hours and 44% are OK with a casual dress code.
“Job creation has been steadily increasing ever since the recession, forcing recruiters to double up their efforts to fill positions with quality candidates,” Jobvite CEO Dan Finnigan said. “But there simply aren’t enough educated, talented and qualified candidates to keep up with the demand. As a result, recruiters must now go above and beyond by creating a compelling employer brand and an exceptional candidate experience to keep their companies growing.”
Other findings in the report:
- 33% of recruiters anticipate filling 100 or more positions in 2017, up from 26% last year.
- Only 86% believe their companies will have layoffs.
- Robots? Only 10% believe their firms will replace jobs with tech in the next two to three years.
- 43% say diversity is either somewhat or very important when making a hiring decision.
- 23% of male recruiters and 44% of female recruiters believe that female candidates earn less than men.
- Only 45% of recruiters say their company’s career site supports mobile.
Staffing Industry Analysis, September 27 2016, http://www2.staffingindustry.com/Editorial/Daily-News/Recruiting-to-be-just-as-challenging-in-2017-39483