Good News for Recruiters: More Job Orders for Newly Created Positions

Recruiters, like everybody else, enjoy good news, and that’s especially the case now, after the past two years.  According to a recent Top Echelon Network Membership poll, there’s some good news to be had, and it pertains to the types of job orders that companies are currently issuing to recruiters.

We asked Preferred Member recruiters the following question:

How many of your current job orders are job orders for newly created positions (as opposed to replacement job orders for employees who have left the company)?

We then gave the recruiters a choice of six responses, which are listed below:

  • None of them
  • Less than 25%
  • Between 25% and 50%
  • Between 50% and 75%
  • More than 75%
  • All of them

Here’s the good news: the vast majority of those recruiters who participated in the poll have job orders that were for newly created positions.  How many?  Well, let’s look at it from the other end.  Only about 17% of recruiters who responded indicated that none of their job orders are for such positions.

Which response was the most popular?  Nearly 38% of recruiters stated that between 25% and 50% of their job orders are for newly created positions.  In addition, some of the recruiters who participated in the poll indicated that ALL of their job orders were for such positions.  Granted, it was just about 8%, but that’s still good news.

All in all, the results of this poll seem to indicate that not only are companies more willing to hire, but they're also creating new positions in the process.  This makes sense, since they’ve been holding off on doing both for quite some time now.  Month after month after month, they’ve been overloading their current staff with more work and longer hours in an attempt to squeeze as much out of them as possible without bringing on new employees.

However, that can’t go on forever.  Something has to give, and even the most stubborn of company officials recognizes that.  Consequently, companies are beginning to realize that they need to add to their staff if they’re going to increase productivity and profits in 2011 . . . and they’re issuing job orders for newly created positions in order to do so.

What about your job orders?  Are they replacement job orders, or are they for newly created positions?  If it’s the latter, have you seen an increase in these types of orders lately?  And what’s the percentage of newly created job orders vs. “replacement” orders?

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