The worlds of recruitment and talent acquisition are in a state of constant flux – can you keep up with the pace? You’ve got to stay on top of the latest trends and developments if you’re going to stay ahead and attract the best talent.

To help you one step ahead of the competition and refine your recruitment and talent acquisition strategy, we’re going to take a look at the top 2020 recruitment statistics.

2020 Recruitment and Talent Acquisition Statistics

Knowledge is power – let’s dive into the top statistics and facts:

1. 17% of recruiters don’t know or don’t track cost per hire (Yello Research)

Numbers from Yello Research reveal that a shocking number of recruiters fail to track their cost per hire accurately. This can make life incredibly difficult for those professionals, who’ll fail to monitor the impact of the changes and adjustments that they make to their strategy.

Data is the new oil – recruiters and hiring managers must use the right tools and platforms to track information and make the right choices.

2. The average hiring process lasts around 27.5 days (CMD Recruitment)

Statistics from CMD Recruitment reveal that the average hiring process lasts for approximately 27.5 days. This is a truly significant amount of time, and it means that businesses are often left with empty seats.

Vacant roles can result in significant losses for businesses, so recruiters and hiring managers must use the latest strategies to reduce that time as significantly as possible.

3. 64% of millennials would rather make less at a job they love than make more at a job they find boring (Paycar)

This statistic from Paycar shows us that purpose and engagement are essential factors in job satisfaction rates among millennials. If you can offer challenging and rewarding work, you’ll be better able to attract those sought-after candidates.

Recruiters and hiring managers should learn to present their positions in an engaging and descriptive way to ensure that they find and hire the most appropriate candidates.

4. As many as 64% of employees may leave their jobs in 2020 (Achievers)

Research from Achievers reveals that a significant number of employees are planning to leave their jobs in 2020. While COVID-19 and any subsequent economic impacts might severely impact this number, it’s an indication that the workforce is more mobile than ever before.

The businesses that are going to be most resilient to turnover are those that offer a strong mission and satisfying work.

5. 75% of candidates will research a company before applying for a job opening (LinkedIn)

In its Employer Brand Statistics report, LinkedIn found that three-quarters of employees will now research a company before applying for a job opening. They’ll often head to key review platforms like Glassdoor and LinkedIn to gauge your reputation.

This new reality means that businesses must focus on their employer brand to polish their reputation and come across in the best possible light.

6. 51% of respondents are more attracted by job postings that have visual elements (Software Advice)

Numbers from Software Advice show that job candidates are often most attracted to those job posts and adverts that include visual elements. That could include anything ranging from simple images to high-quality video.

Recruiters and hiring managers should take the time to collaborate alongside their marketing team to create truly engaging and exciting adverts.

7. Job listings that include a salary range attract 75% more clicks than those that don’t (Stack Overflow)

Salary transparency is a hot topic and findings from Stack Overflow show that transparent job listings will receive 75% more clicks than those non-transparent ones. Often, it’s only fair that candidates are given a salary indication before they apply.

This is an interesting finding, and it shows that you’ll seriously want to consider the salary information that you include within your adverts.

8. 81% of candidates say the main things that would improve the candidate experience is more regular updates (CareerBuilder)

Numbers from CareerBuilder show what we’ve long suspected: the vast majority of candidates love regular and timely updates on the status of their application. We all know that applying for a new job can be stressful, and those updates can help to alleviate some of that stress.

If you’re going to offer the best possible candidate experience, it’s critical that you develop a robust candidate communication plan.

9. 79% of job seekers will consider a company’s mission before applying (Glassdoor)

The majority of your applicants will consider your company mission before making an application. This statistics shows that the vision and positioning of your company can have a considerable impact on your ability to attract great candidates.

This means that you’ll need to create inspiring and big-picture job descriptions. The best recruiters and hiring managers will embody their company mission and use that to find the right candidates too.

10. 40% of candidates say they have experienced a lack of communication between accepting an offer and starting at work (G2)

The pre-boarding process is a critical period for every business, but figures from G2 crowd show that 40% of companies fail to capitalise upon it. You could use this time to share some critical resources with your new team member and motivate them for the role.

Recruiters and hiring managers can play an essential part in handing over approved candidates to their respective managers to create a more cohesive experience.

11. 82% of hiring executives now see candidate experience as necessary (Finances Online)

The candidate experience is essential, and figures from Finances Online show that 82% of hiring executives agree. With the majority of recruiters and hiring managers using the latest tools and techniques to engage their applications better, it’s critical that you keep the pace.

It would help if you were sure to stay on top of the latest industry trends and techniques to offer the best possible candidate experience.

12. 71.5% of businesses say they have a diversity strategy in place or are working on one (Finances Online)

Diverse workplaces are more profitable and creative, which is why 71% of businesses currently focus on diversity hiring according to Finances Online. Those businesses will find it easier to attract quality diverse talent that propels their business forwards.

Here at Elevate, we genuinely believe that AI is going to enhance the human element of recruitment – read why in this post.

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We hope that this post has given you some inspiration and helps you to guide your recruitment and talent acquisition strategy going forwards.

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