If Hiring Slows, Is Workforce Management Prioritized?

Hiring demand has been tumultuous across the U.S. since the recession began. With unemployment hovering at 8.2 percent, new jobs aren’t being created as fast as during the first quarter of 2012. If new jobs are falling short, there are signs that companies are spending more time and resources on managing their current workforce.

Since the beginning of the 2012, employers have increased hiring demand for workforce management and planning skills across the U.S., a sign that organizations are thinking more strategically about their current employees, rather than hiring new ones.  According to WANTED Analytics™, almost 12,000 workforce management jobs were advertised online during June 2012. Not only is this an 89 percent year-over-year increase across the United States, but it also marks a new high in demand for this talent. New York City saw the highest number of such online job listings, followed by Dallas and Miami. Employers in the New York metro area increased demand more than 78 percent over June of 2011.

The 10 most commonly advertised job titles that require workforce management skills are below. Not surprisingly, this skill is most commonly included in human resources job titles.

  1. Human resource managers
  2. Assistant store manager
  3. Major accounts sales representatives
  4. Director of human resources
  5. Recruiter
  6. HR manager
  7. Manager field service technician
  8. HR business partner
  9. Human resources generalist
  10. Workforce management analyst

The Hiring Scale™, which measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply, shows that employers will have moderate difficulty when sourcing candidates. With increasing demand and a limited supply of qualified candidates, employers are likely to experience a longer time-to-fill and a higher cost-per-hire when sourcing for workforce management and workforce planning professionals. On average, job ads remain online for about 5-½ weeks across the U.S.


Abby Lombardi

Abby Lombardi
Abby Lombardi is the marketing director at WANTED Analytics™, a company that helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. She can be reached at abby.lombardi (at) wantedanalytics (dot) com.

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