New Poll: Companies Not Waiting Until After the Election to Hire

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According to a recent poll conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, over half of recruiters indicated that their clients are not waiting until after the Presidential Election to be aggressive with their hiring.

Top Echelon Network President Mark Demaree

Top Echelon Network President Mark Demaree

The bottom line is the same as it’s always been: companies want to hire the best of the best.

With the Presidential Election less than two months away, there’s much speculation about what effect the race is having on the national economy, specifically whether or not companies are waiting until after the election to make concrete decisions regarding hiring.

However, according to a recent poll conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, over half of recruiters indicated that their clients are not waiting until after the Presidential Election to be aggressive with their hiring.

As part of that poll, Top Echelon asked the following question: “How many of your clients are waiting until after the Presidential Election before being more aggressive with hiring?”

Over half of respondents (54.7%) indicated that their clients are aggressive right now with their hiring. They’re not waiting until after the election; they want to fill their open positions immediately.

In addition, 21.9% of poll participants chose “25% or less” as their answer, meaning that the majority of their clients are aggressively hiring at the moment. Over 12% indicated that half of their clients are waiting until after the election.

According to Top Echelon Network President Mark Demaree, the results of the poll indicate that the urgency of companies’ current hiring needs apparently outweigh their desire to wait until the election is over before addressing those needs.

“For many companies, they can’t afford to wait,” said Demaree. “They have positions they need to fill now, and if they wait, their competition could hire the superstar candidates they need. In some industries, there’s a lack of qualified candidates to fill positions, so the competition for those candidates can be fierce.”

Although it remains to be seen what effect the result of the Presidential Election will have on hiring, Demaree indicated that in select areas, the demand will still be great.

“A talent shortage exists in this country in certain industries,” he said. “Although the election might have an effect, to some degree, on companies’ willingness to hire, it might not be as much in those industries. The bottom line is the same as it’s always been: companies want to hire the best of the best. There’s usually not much that changes that.”

Top Echelon Network conducted this poll of its Preferred Member recruiters during the week of Monday, September 17, through Sunday, September 23.

Top Echelon Network was founded in 1988 in Canton, Ohio.

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