Staffing Up in Human Resources: Hiring Beats Pre-Recession Demand

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During June, more than 36,000 job ads were posted online for HR occupations, growing 17% since June 2011, according to WANTED Analytics™.

During June 2012, more than 36,000 jobs were advertised online for human resources professionals, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Hiring demand in HR fell dramatically during the recession, as companies were recruiting fewer new employees across their organizations. However, the volume of ads has grown steadily in 2011 and 2012. Despite a slight decline in June compared to the four-year high during May 2012, hiring demand for HR professions is at higher levels than pre-recession. There were 17% more jobs ads online during June than in the same time period last year.

The majority of job listings were for Recruiters. More than 18,000 jobs were advertised online for recruiting and sourcing jobs, at an 11% year-over-year increase. Other HR functions that experienced increasing hiring demand were Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists; Compensation and Benefits Managers, Training and Development Managers, Employment Interviewers, and General HR Managers. The most commonly advertised job titles in the human resources field were:

1. Recruiter
2. Human Resources Manager
3. Human Resources Assistant
4. Director of Human Resources
5. Human Resources Generalist
6. HR Generalist
7. Payroll Specialist
8. HR Manager
9. Payroll Clerk
10. Technical Recruiter

Metropolitan areas with the highest volume of HR job listings during June 2012 were New York (NY), Washington (DC), Chicago (IL), Los Angeles (CA), and Boston (MA). Employers in New York City placed the highest number of online job ads, but saw the lowest year-over-year increase of these five cities. With just over 2,800 unique job postings for HR professionals during June, this represents just 5% increase compared to June 2012. In comparison, Chicago experienced the highest increase of these five locations, at more than 24%.

Employers and staffing firms that are sourcing for HR professionals are likely to experience moderate difficulties since hiring demand is increasing and causing competition to attract qualified candidates. However, these conditions will vary slightly by location depending on the available talent supply. According to the Hiring Scale™, companies in Washington, DC are currently experiencing some of the most difficulties. With the volume of job ads growing about 21% since last year, Recruiters are likely to compete heavily to attract talent and experience a longer time-to-fill than average. The average duration of an HR job posting in the DC metro area is about 6 weeks. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the easiest places to currently recruit talent in this industry are Salem (OR), Scranton (PA), and Jackson (MS). These areas are likely to fill job openings faster and easier than the rest of the United States.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

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About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 700 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.


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