Recruiters and HR professionals have witnessed significant recruitment and talent acquisition changes over the years.
Recruitment practices have been transformed in every aspect. To keep up with the competitive landscape, recruiters must look at what recent data reveals.
So, here are 50 key recruiting statistics if you’re looking to revamp your hiring strategy for 2022!
To make this guide easier to understand, we’ve split the statistics into five key aspects of hiring:
- The impact of COVID-19 on recruitment and remote work
- Statistics on recruitment trends
- Work culture statistics
- Onboarding statistics
- Diversity hiring statistics
I. Impact of COVID-19 on Recruitment & Remote Work
1. 86% of employees want to keep working remotely at least part-time —Glassdoor
Employers must embrace remote or hybrid work models to attract the best talent in today’s job market. If job seekers don’t receive remote opportunities from you, they will shift to other competitors.
2. 61% of recruiters expect video interviews to take over as the norm
Even as employees return to offices, video conferencing remains essential. Video interviewing streamlines the hiring process as it is quick and easy to use. Most importantly, video interviewing eliminates the need for commuting. Therefore, make sure you adopt video interviewing to ensure smooth hiring for you and your candidates.
3. Job seekers are willing to sacrifice 11.7% of their salary for training and flexibility —PwC
Salary and compensation are always a priority for job seekers. However, with the pandemic, the priorities and demands of job seekers have shifted. Considering this, make sure you highlight work benefits like flexibility during your recruitment process to attract top talent for your organization.
4. Virtual recruitment has become the most used method in the hiring process —Yello
Initially, remote hiring was an alternative to traditional hiring to keep individuals safe from the pandemic. However, as the pandemic recedes, we can see that virtual recruitment practices have taken over as the “new normal.”
Undoubtedly, virtual recruitment is here to stay owing to the many advantages it comes with. Therefore, make sure you optimize your hiring process by adopting a virtual hiring process.
5. 90% of hiring managers expect some form of remote work to continue —Gartner
Like virtual recruitment, remote work was initially seen as a short-term alternative; however, it has become the new norm for many organizations. With the unpredictability of the pandemic, remote work seems to be the most suitable option for most workers.
Moreover, remote work is highly demanded by job seekers today as it provides flexibility and improves productivity.
6. 95% of employees say their productivity has increased or remained the same while working remotely, and 51% of respondents reported they are more productive —Flexjobs
There are countless studies and reports citing the benefits of remote work. Many workers today prefer remote work over in-office work as it boosts productivity. As an employer, if you are looking to boost employee retention, productivity and efficiency—maybe it’s time to switch to a remote or hybrid working model.
7. Remote workers reported a Workforce Happiness Index score of 75 out of 100, compared to 71 for in-office employees —CNBC
Employee happiness is an integral part of retention and satisfaction. If employee retention is on your list of priorities this year, try opting for remote working options for employees!
8. 70% of companies said they planned to adopt the hybrid model —Mercer
Many companies worldwide have switched to hybrid working models, including Facebook, Google, Spotify, and many more. Hybrid work models are a great way to keep employees connected and engaged while allowing the flexibility of remote work. If remote work does not seem viable, try a hybrid work model!
9. 66% of employers worldwide are redesigning their workplaces to accommodate hybrid work arrangements —Microsoft
The current job market is more competitive than ever before, with flexible options for job seekers. To stay ahead of your competitors, offering remote or hybrid work arrangements is the key to attracting top talent today!
With hybrid work options, the priorities of job seekers have changed. If you are not offering flexible work options, you are missing out on a pool of talent!
10. Experts predict that by 2025, roughly 22% (36.2 million employees) of the US workforce will work remotely —Upwork
By now, you probably have a good gist of how remote work has significantly scaled. The adoption of remote work creates diverse and flexible teams even beyond the pandemic. Without a doubt, remote work is here to stay!
II. Statistics on Recruitment Trends
11. According to 86% of recruiters and 62% of employers, the current job market is completely candidate-driven —SHRM
Unlike an employer-driven market, a candidate-driven market refers to a job market
where candidates—have the upper hand.
Keeping this current trend in mind, make sure you optimize your hiring process by focusing on the candidate experience. In addition, in a candidate-centric job market, acknowledge candidates’ priorities if you want to attract desirable candidates.
12. 89% of job seekers consider their mobile devices essential for job searching, and 45% use them at least once per day —Glassdoor
Social recruiting has earned its place in the recruitment field for all the right reasons. With the scaling of social media and the internet, recruiters are missing out if they do not leverage social recruiting tactics. Most of today’s job seekers are present on multiple social media platforms, so think of the massive opportunity at your hands!
13. Мobile devices account for 16% of all applications submitted —Pageuppeople
Applications submitted through mobile devices account for a large portion of applicants. That being said, it’s crucial for businesses today to adopt a mobile-friendly application where candidates can apply quickly and easily. Without a mobile-friendly application process, there is a good chance you will miss out on many talented prospects.
14. 84% of companies use social media in recruiting —SHRM
The use of social media is significantly increasing in talent acquisition. Social recruiting is an excellent strategy for sourcing and attracting talent as it provides a broader pool of candidates, and it’s a great way to target mobile users. Along with this, social recruiting is a massive time saver!
15. 70% of the global workforce is passive talent, with the remaining 30% actively seeking jobs —LinkedIn
Passive talent may be difficult to target, but they take up a large part of the job market. If you are not targeting passive talent, you may be missing out on a large pool of talent. Take measures to target passive candidates by keeping past candidates engaged.
16. The top channels people use to look for new jobs are online job boards (60%), professional social networks (56%), and word of mouth (50%) —LinkedIn
Online job boards and social media platforms comprise a large part of candidate sourcing platforms. Therefore, an online presence is an absolute must to attract the right talent pool.
17. By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce —What To Become
Millennial talent is taking over the job market. With more millennials in the job market, make sure you are targetting millennials in the right way. To attract the millennial audience, understand what they expect from their employers and their values.
18. Top candidates are only available for ten days before being hired —Officevibe
The race to hire top talent is challenging, especially if you are not prepared. Within such a competitive job market, accelerating the hiring process is crucial for attracting top talent.
Speed up the hiring process by optimizing the most time-consuming stages using automation and technology.
19. 25% of millennials qualify as job hoppers —IBM
Job hopping is notorious among millennial and Gen Z job seekers. Why is this important for recruiters to understand?
Recruiters can optimize their approach to hiring by understanding what these candidates expect from employers. By understanding their expectations, retaining employees will become easier.
20. Structured interviews are the most frequent (74%) interview technique HR professionals use —LinkedIn
Use structured interviews to create a more productive and efficient hiring process. Not only does this benefit hiring teams, but it also creates a smooth experience for candidates. Consequently, structured interviews lead to a positive candidate experience.
III. Work Culture Statistics
21. Company culture is an essential factor for 46% of job seekers
Company culture and values have become an essential priority for job seekers today. Unfortunately, many employees shift to other employers due to a misalignment in company culture.
If you want to attract culturally fit candidates, highlight your company values and culture through your job description, social media platforms, and website.
22. 70% of US professionals wouldn’t put up with poor workplace culture, and 25% of staff said it was the main reason they’d change jobs —LinkedIn
If you’re searching for ways to retain employees and keep them satisfied, work on building an attractive work culture. Healthy work culture is vital for productivity, engagement, and overall employee satisfaction.
23. A poll of 1,300 full-time employees throughout the U.S. discovered that an inclusive culture is critical for acquiring and keeping talent —Deloitte
Inclusivity has become a hot topic in the job market lately. To attract a larger pool of candidates, be sure to portray a sense of inclusivity throughout your hiring process. Recruit
ers can do this by using inclusive or gender-neutral terms in their job descriptions, letters, and other communication forms.
24. Satisfied employees are 12% more productive than the average worker — TeamStage
It’s a no-brainer that satisfied employees are more productive in their workplaces. Consequently, satisfied employees lead to a boost in business results. This shows that company culture has a direct result on business profit.
25. Strong brands attract 50% more qualified applicants —LinkedIn
Strong employer branding significantly raises your chances of attracting a wider pool of applicants. Therefore, make sure you portray a positive employer brand that focuses on your work culture and values.
26. Only a third of US workers receive weekly recognition for their work —TeamStage
Research shows that employees who feel undervalued are more likely to quit within a year. Workplaces that value and appreciate their employees have a higher employee retention rate and satisfaction levels.
27. 15% of job seekers turned down a job offer due to company culture
No matter how qualified a candidate may be for a job, poor company culture will be negatively perceived.
28. Employees are 26% more likely to leave their jobs if they feel a lack of trust between colleagues —TINYpulse
Mutual respect is the foundation of positive workplace culture. If your team members don’t treat one another with respect, you’re more likely to lose employees, reflecting a bad work culture.
29. 88% of employees believe a distinct workplace culture is vital to business success —Deloitte
Positive work culture is directly linked to higher employee satisfaction, which has been shown to improve productivity and profitability. Today, job seekers recognize this and understand the correlation between productivity and work culture.
30. 86% of workers believe they would be less stressed if they had a flexible job —FlexJobs
Today’s job seekers highly prioritize work-life balance, mental health, and flexibility. Moreover, high-stress levels are a significant cause of high attrition levels. Therefore, offering flexible work options can help increase employee retention.
IV. Onboarding Statistics
31. A great onboarding process can improve new hire retention by 82% and productivity by over 70% —Glassdoor
When companies fail to provide an effective onboarding process, employee satisfaction, retention, and culture suffer greatly. Prevent this by offering a well-planned and structured onboarding process for new hires.
32. Negative onboarding experiences make new hires twice as likely to look for other opportunities —Digitate
Onboarding is crucial for employee retention as it helps acclimate new hires and train them for their responsibilities. If you’re struggling with employee retention, try focussing on your onboarding approach.
33. Investing in communication and engagement during the pre-boarding process can improve the onboarding experience by 83% —The Talent Board
Without a doubt, communication is key to a positive hiring experience. Maintaining a positive rapport with candidates goes beyond the hiring process itself. It leaves a lasting impression whether a candidate is hired or not. Therefore, prioritize your candidate experience by maintaining clear and consistent communication throughout the hiring process.
34. Only 1 in 10 employees think their employer does a great job onboarding new employees —Sapling HR
An effective onboarding program is an integral part of a positive employee experience. Moreover, onboarding is crucial for transitioning new hires into their roles. Thus, if you’re expecting the best results out of your new employees, be sure to offer an engaging onboarding process!
35. 88% of organizations don’t onboard well —Zippia
A negative onboarding experience is a huge missed opportunity for many businesses. As mentioned in the previous statistic, only one in every ten employees believes their organizations are onboarding them effectively. Ultimately, a negative onboarding experience will negatively affect employee retention.
35. 58% of organizations say their onboarding process is focused on paperwork
There is a misconception that onboarding is just administrative tasks and paperwork for new hires. However, the best onboarding programs are structured and engaging rather than administrative. The focus should be on people and acclimatization, not paperwork.
36. Organizations with a robust onboarding process improve productivity by over 70% —Zippia
A robust onboarding process helps engage and retain employees from their first day in a new role. So don’t miss out on this golden opportun
ity to keep your new hires engaged and productive as an employer.
37. Employees who went through a structured onboarding program were 58% more likely to be with the organization after three years —Recruiting Division
There’s no surprise that positive onboarding directly affects new employee retention. Keeping this in mind, prioritize your onboarding process to increase employee retention in the long run.
38. Only 29% of new hires say they feel fully prepared to excel in their role after their onboarding experience —Gallup
An engaging onboarding process lays the foundation for any new employee. Your hire quality will automatically increase if your organization provides a stellar onboarding experience for new hires.
39. 56% of new hires prefer having a mentor or buddy to assist them —ClickBoarding
Assigning a mentor is a great way to help new hires transition and prepare for their roles. Moreover, it helps showcase your company culture, increases engagement, and helps build positive rapport between employees.
New employees will have many questions and need guidance during their first few weeks. To help alleviate this process for new employees, mentors can help create a smooth transition.
40. Retention rates for businesses that provide formal onboarding training are estimated to be 50% —Harvard Business Review
Onboarding is the key to employee retention. If new employees are not provided sufficient onboarding training, they will not be adequately equipped for their roles. In addition, insufficient training will lead to unproductivity and lower employee satisfaction, which are all causes of low employee retention.
Therefore, increase your employee retention by focussing on your onboarding training.
V. Diversity Hiring Statistics
41. According to 57% of employees, their company should be more diverse and work harder to meet that goal —Apollo Technical
Workplace diversity has been in the limelight in recent years. As a result, today’s job seekers expect more diversity and inclusivity from their employers in all aspects. In addition, the benefits of inclusion and diversity are countless! Therefore, it’s high time for employers to incorporate diverse hiring practices to attract talent.
42. Companies with more culturally and ethnically diverse executive teams were 33% more likely to see better-than-average profits —Forbes
There are many benefits to diverse working teams, including higher profits. In addition, with more diverse teams, individuals from different walks of life collaborate to bring the best ideas.
Consequently, the diversity in ideas and different approaches will help accelerate business growth.
43. The average gender pay gap is 17% worldwide, ranging from 3% to 51% —Pew Research Center
Women represent almost half of the workforce, yet gender diversity is still an area that remains underrepresented. In today’s job market, providing equal pay to male and female counterparts is necessary. Without gender income equality, employers will miss out on exceptional talent and financial gains.
44. Racially diverse organizations are 35 percent more likely to outperform their peers —Apollo Technical
Low racial diversity remains a prominent issue in today’s workforce. Therefore, employers must promote racial diversity in the workplace as it directly impacts candidate attraction and even business profits.
In addition, racial diversity is beneficial in social and financial aspects associated with less discrimination and more substantial social support.
45. Workplace diversity boosts creativity and innovation, leading to better decision-making and a more professionally enriching environment —Forbes
Diverse hiring practices mean employing people of different ages, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds, and education levels. With a diverse working team, employees will automatically come across more diverse ideas and different perspectives.
In addition, people from diverse backgrounds will offer a handful of solutions rather than a standard solution based on the same cultural voice.
46. Companies with greater diversity are 70% more likely to capture more markets —Harvard Business Review
A diverse working team will naturally bring more diverse ideas and perspectives. Consequently, the more diverse an organization is, the more relatable they become to clients. Therefore, investing in a diverse team opens the doors to new client demographics!
47. 76% of job seekers report that a diverse workforce is an essential factor when evaluating companies and job offers —Glassdoor
Today, most candidates evaluate inclusivity and diversity when applying for a job. Keeping this in mind, make sure you incorporate diverse hiring practices if you expect to attract top talent. Otherwise, you’ll end up losing candidates to more diverse organizations
48. 35% of HR leaders say diversity, equity, and inclusion are among t
heir top five priorities for 2022
Employers today realize the adverse effects of not prioritizing diversity and inclusion. As today’s job seekers prioritize diverse and inclusive practices, employers acknowledge the importance of a diverse workplace. Neglecting the idea of diversity will lead to a massive loss of interested job seekers for your company.
49. Blind recruitment increases women’s chances of getting hired by up to 46% —Builtin
A study has shown that men are twice as likely to get hired. Removing a candidate’s identification details helps prevent unconscious bias, leading to more diverse hires. In addition, pre-screening technology and assessments also increase the chances of hiring diverse candidates.
50. Employers that posted more about diversity on LinkedIn received 26% more applications from women, than companies that posted less —LinkedIn
In the age of social media, employer branding has become necessary for attracting talent! As diversity continues to be a top priority for job seekers, make sure you showcase your diverse practices, beliefs, and values to potential candidates. In addition, your social media handles reflect your company’s values, so make sure your online presence showcases a sense of diversity.
51. Only 11% of companies use AI technology to identify hard-to-reach candidate pools —Vervoe
AI and recruitment automation are great ways to remove unconscious bias from the hiring process. If you’re looking for ways to actively recruit more diverse candidates, invest in AI screening tools and online assessments to reach a wider pool of candidates.