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July 16, 2022

HR and recruitment statistics: numbers, trends and insights. Job search and recruiting process

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Tamara
Are you aware of the current recruiting trends?
Are your company’s strategies in line with the global trends in this area?
Do you know where candidates look for job postings?
Is the recruiting process in your company fast enough?
Can you hire professionals with precisely the qualifications and skills you need?
Does a sufficiently large percentage of hired candidates pass the probationary period successfully and join your team?

If you are thinking about the answers to these and similar questions, then the recruitment statistics given in the article may be interesting and valuable for your work.

Job search statistics

Recruiting process statistics

Bad interview experience statistics

Recruitment challenges statistics

What are the tendencies?

Job search statistics

One of the most popular channels for job searching is Google.

  • About 70% of candidates use Google to search for jobs and research potential employers. They mainly use Google for jobs. With this engine, there is no difficulty in looking for a vacancy.
  • According to the iCIMS reports, 83% of millennials, 68% of Gen-Xers, and 53% of Boomers use Google while job searching. And these numbers will undoubtedly go up with Gen-Z joining the workforce.
  • 53% of candidates look for a job on websites like Glassdoor, Indeed,  Hiring, ZipRecruiter etc.
  • Up to 90% find job ads with the help of social media. Of them, 73% of millennials.
  • 35% of job seekers use professional networking sites like LinkedIn, Meetup, Xing, Lunchmeet, Opportunity etc.
  • 43% hear of new vacancies through word of mouth.
  • 80% of vacancies are never advertised.

Those looking for a job also pay attention to the potential employer’s reputation.

  • 45% of candidates check the company’s online reputation.
  • 67% of candidates visit the company’s career pages before applying for a job, and 68% of millennials visit the company’s website specifically to evaluate their brand.
  • 54% of candidates read employees’ reviews. And 55% turned down the vacation after reading the negative reviews.
  • Job seekers spend up to 37% more time on career sites that include video testimonials, and applications increase by up to 34% when job ads include video testimonials.

One more exciting fact employers should remember is that more and more job seekers are using mobile phones when looking for a vacancy.

  • 89% of job seekers use their mobiles to search for job ads.
  • 45% use their mobiles at least once a day to look at new vacancies.

Therefore, it is necessary to be able to post job adverts there and in a way that they are also available on mobile devices like phones.

Recruiting process statistics

  • 93% of employers are recruiting in 2022, compared to 82% in 2021.
  • 63% of companies are ready to hire candidates with transferable soft skills and then train them up to necessary proficiency.
  • Recruiters’ confidence in finding the right candidate has fallen to 91% in 2022 compared to 95% in 2020.
  • 80% of employers complain about having difficulty filling openings because of an ongoing shortage of candidates’ skills.
  • 68% of candidates have quit a job application process midway because of its length and complexity.
  • 59% of job seekers have abandoned an online application because there were issues or bugs in the job application process.
  • 83% of candidates think the overall recruitment experience could be greatly improved if employers provided a transparent hiring process timeline.
  • 31% of candidates expect to receive personalized messages about job opportunities from employers rather than cold emails or messages.

  • Hiring managers and recruiters spend 6-8 seconds looking at a CV.
  • 52% of recruiters believe that the most challenging aspect of recruitment is screening candidates from a large pool of applicants.
  • 44% of recruiters use publicly available data like social media profiles to speed up their recruitment.
  • 83% of companies use social media in their recruiting process.

Bad interview experience statistics

  • 50% of job seekers complain about the lack of information about salary and benefits.
  • 46% of candidates mention the lack of information about job responsibilities.
  • 50% of the candidates are not satisfied with the interview schedule changes.
  • 47% of job seekers didn’t like the untimely responses.
  • 73% of job seekers say looking for a job is one of the most stressful events in life.
  • 69% of job searchers who had a negative candidate experience will rarely or never apply again.

Recruitment challenges statistics

The recruitment process is challenging and tough. It demands a lot of power and skills from the recruiter to hire the right candidate in a short time.

  • Up to 73% of recruiters find it difficult to search for candidates with particular skills.
  • Competitors hire over 86% of the potential candidates.
  • A top talent goes off the market in up to 10 days.
  • Over 70% of potential candidates are passive talents. It may be challenging to find them if you rely on traditional recruiting practices.

What are the tendencies?

Looking at the above statistics, we can conclude some facts:

  • A company’s branding is becoming more critical than ever.
  • More candidates are evaluating the employer’s online reputation.
  • More candidates are using mobiles to search for a vacancy.
  • More job seekers are using social media sites to find a job.
  • More recruiters are using social media sites to search for candidates and speed up recruitment.
  • Lousy candidate experience may be challenging when hiring the right candidate.

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