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State of Hiring
“Hiring Cautiously is having Consequences”

Employers are carefully monitoring the direction of the economy, but they remain optimistic with 92% of companies reporting that they still plan to hire in 2023.18

In March, a survey by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and Atlanta found that CFOs are expecting their firms to increase headcount 2.2% this year.19 Those same CFOs report that labor quality and availability continue to outpace the possibility of recession, inflation, or even revenue/demand as their top concern.

Several strategies are emerging as best practices to help employers balance the challenges of a tight labor market against economic uncertainty. These include:

  • An emphasis on employee retention and skill development/hoarding
  • Risk mitigation with more flexible and scalable productivity solutions
  • Decreased reliance on job boards which are becoming less effective
  • Expanding talent pools to attract more diverse talent

Emphasizing Employee Retention and Skill Development/Hoarding

While layoffs at global tech companies dominate the headlines, total layoffs are flat compared to historic trends and still a fraction of voluntary quits. Expectations are that if there is a downturn, it will be brief, so forward-thinking companies are focused on retaining or recruiting top employees to ensure they maintain or build the key skills and knowledge they will need to grow through any economy.

Despite Headlines, Layoffs Are Flat and Quits Are Up
Compared to Historic Levels.3

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34%of Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs)

plan to strengthen organizational culture to retain talent.20

Tools to Help with Employee Retention

Focus on retention and developing internal team skills with our Career Level Engagement and Professional Development Tools.

Risk Mitigation with More Flexible and Scalable Productivity Solutions

Unemployment remains very low, but the future of the economy is less certain. In times like this smart companies look for ways to offset risk by embracing flexible options such as the use of contingent workers, allowing for more nimble and scalable responses to evolving economic conditions.

The Contingent Workforce Is Projected to Grow 26% in North America in 2023.21

58 million already self-identify as Independent Workers.22

Build a Flexible Workforce

Ask your hiring advisor to discuss options for using Temporary and Temp-to-Hire strategies to build a more nimble and flexible workforce.

Decreased Reliance on Job Boards, Which Are Becoming Less Effective.

Most employers are using job boards as their primary sourcing channel even as those job boards are becoming less effective. This creates an opportunity for smart employers to expand beyond traditional sourcing channels to tap a wider market of great talent.

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70% of companies use job boards for most or all hiring.9

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52% of workers are not actively seeking work or visiting job boards.1

Job seekers who do visit job boards are growing pickier and respond to half as many ads on average as they did pre-pandemic.10

Diversify Your Sourcing Mix

Ask your hiring advisor about how we help our clients diversify their sourcing mix.

Expanding Talent Pools to Attract More Diverse Talent

The labor market remains very tight, and finding workers with the right skills presents an ongoing challenge. Many employers are finding success with expanding their talent pools by opening jobs to a more diverse group of nontraditional candidates.

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Companies that hire nontraditional “hidden workers” are 36% less likely to face talent and skill shortages compared to companies that stick with traditional candidates.25

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76% of employees view workforce diversity as a key factor in their decision to remain in a role.23

Companies with more women in leadership positions have been shown to perform better financially, have higher levels of employee engagement and job satisfaction, and show signs of more innovation.24

Diversify Your Talent Pool

Download Optimizing Business Performance Through Workforce Diversity for tips to expand your talent pool.

Challenges Are Opportunities to Outperform Your Competitors

Taken as a whole, it is a very difficult time to hire and retain staff. This can be good news for companies that can rise to the challenge. When most companies are struggling, there are many opportunities for organizations that can be more flexible and more creative about finding ways to attract talent to their organizations.

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What Is Your Top Workforce Priority?

Attracting Quality Candidates

48% of employers say that failure to find the right workers is the biggest risk to hitting their growth targets7, and 52% of employed workers are NOT actively seeking new opportunities.1

Minimizing Time-to-Hire

Job seekers say that a slow hiring process is the top reason they lose interest in a potential employer leading to increased ghosting and the loss of an employer’s preferred candidate.2

Improving Engagement/Retention

Voluntary turnover remains 20% higher than pre-pandemic3 levels with more than 4 million people quitting each month.

Optimizing Costs

Labor is often one of the biggest costs of doing business and labor expense is up 4.5% year over year.3

Better Agency Partnerships and Customer Service

Customers report 3 times faster hiring and better results when working with AppleOne8.