Employers Turning to Agencies to Fill Toughest Jobs

Wanted agency hiring demandOnline job postings for tech and accounting professionals have cooled significantly since 2013 when so many companies were hiring accountants and software engineers that the jobs were among the most advertised online.
Now they’ve been replaced by retail and customer facing jobs on Wanted Analytics’ list of the Top 25 Most Common Jobs Posted Online.
What this means, as an earlier report from Wanted said, is that employers are giving up recruiting for the toughest jobs, and instead are turning them over to agencies and staffing firms to fill.
Where previously jobs for software engineers, java developers, accountants, and senior accountants all ranked in the top 25, sales associates (No. 6), cashiers (No. 10) and merchandiser (No. 17) jobs made the list instead. Also making a first appearance are certain jobs in trucking, an occupation where worker shortages have become keen enough to warrant notice by the Federal Reserve.
Few of these jobs pay enough to interest headhunters. Those that might are still more cost-effectively filled by in-house recruiters.
But with IT unemployment hitting a seven Wanted 2015 Top 25 advertised-year low of 2.3 percent in the first quarter of this year and the rate for accountants at 2.9 percent, recruiting for these jobs has become intense enough that employers are calling on agencies for help.
Wanted’s analysis of who’s placing various online job postings found that the percentage growth of agency ads for IT and accounting jobs is exploding. Agency ads for software and applications developers grew by 73 percent; for accounts, by 68 percent.
Said Meredith Amdur, president and CEO of Wanted, “Staffing firms are being hired to fill excess jobs that HR teams can’t fill internally either due to overall challenging conditions or lack of internal recruiting time and resources especially for these jobs with niche skill sets.”
Wanted’s recommendation: “Employers may be able to reduce the time to fill and cost per hire by enlisting a third party agency that specializes in these areas and has the industry-specific resources to connect with qualified candidates.”
  • http://www.medievalrecruiter.com/ Medieval Recruiter

    “Where previously jobs for software engineers, java developers, accountants, and senior accountants all ranked in the top 25, sales associates (No. 6), cashiers (No. 10) and merchandiser (No. 17) jobs made the list instead.”

    So what’s being said is the demand for these people is still there, but the active recruiting hasn’t worked. However, rosy unemployment numbers aside I work in IT, and there’s still a healthy number of people without jobs and looking, and I see and hear the same thing with my colleagues, which leads to…

    “Employers may be able to reduce the time to fill and cost per hire by enlisting a third party agency that specializes in these areas and has the industry-specific resources to connect with qualified candidates.”

    Only if they address the cause for their lack of hire to begin with. Java programmers are indeed in demand. However, the last two companies I dealt with who were looking for Java programmers wanted them at 50K, when they’re easily commanding over 100K in the areas we work in. My guess is you’ll see postings for these positions heat up again in a few months when employers get exasperated due to lack of hires from agencies as well, and when they still won’t accept the fact that their salaries are way, way, WAY below market.

  • Chris Westcott

    Agencies also have invested time, training and money in tools to help surface niche talent… more effect use of ATS and/or LinkedIn Recruiter are keys to agency success. In-house “talent acquisition” professionals are pulled in so many directions that they cannot devote the time necessary to searching for passive candidates. Actual recruitment of passive candidates is very time-consuming!

  • http://linked.com/in/mikevohrer Mike Vohrer

    The battle for technical talent is truly heating up and step one is to make sure that your current superstars are happy. I am a technical staffing professional in New Jersey and have noticed a huge uptick in the amount of inquiries I have gotten from performers that were typically content before this hiring boom started. If you are looking for technical talent in NJ we should talk. mvohrer@volt.com