- Hiring activity is bouncing back, with most recruiters hiring one to five employees in the past six months.
- 75% of recruiters intend to hire more staff in the coming six months.
- Recruitment agencies coupled with external promotion contributed to the most hiring success.
As we proceed into 2021 full steam ahead, it looks like hiring activity is once again picking up. Back in March 2020, 85% of recruiters said they had hired one to two employees in the six months prior. Then in September, right after the second lockdown, that had dropped to 36%. Now, hiring activity is returning to normal - a third of recruiters hired three to five employees in the past six months while another quarter hired one to two.
Hiring is getting easier again, too. Looking at September 2020, only 44.5% of recruiters had found success hiring three or more candidates, which itself was down from 60% the report prior. Now in March 2021, that’s bumped to 73%, potentially a result of strong supply due to high unemployment levels. Even better, three quarters of respondents plan to hire even more staff in the coming six months, showing that this recruitment fervor can be expected to continue.
So where is this success coming from? Most successful recruiters (73%) are using a recruitment agency coupled with advertising and external promotion. This is followed by just over half who are using their professional networks to source right-fit candidates, and finally just over a third who are promoting people from within.