5% of Workers in each U.S. State Work Remotely
The Numbers: A map of the U.S. remote work job market from FlexJobs found that 5% of workers in each state work remotely, on average. Colorado ranked highest with the percentage of remote workers at 7.9% – Mississippi had the lowest at 2.2%.
Mobile-Friendly Solutions Priority for Employers
The Numbers: Having mobile-friendly hiring processes has grown as a priority across industry sectors per a study from HireRight. 32% of technology industry employers, 29% of education employers, and 25% of retail and manufacturing firms were a few indicating a high level of interest for mobile-friendly application and screening processes.
Blue Collar Workers Harder to Find
The Numbers: Marking a reversal in the U.S. employment market, blue-collar workers are harder to find now than white-collar workers per The Conference Board. This research points to forecasts that blue-collar labor shortages will continue for the unforeseen future. Impacted sectors include transportation, healthcare support, manufacturing, agriculture, mining and construction.
BountyJobs Reports: Hard to Hire 2018: Third-Party Recruiting and the State of Talent Acquisition Report
The Numbers: What makes a position hard to fill? While 67% cited that hiring in competitive industries caused much of their challenges, the obstacles were split among responding groups. The lowest challenges on the list were ‘overwhelmed internal recruiters’ and ‘the hire being outside the internal recruiter’s area of expertise’ at 22% and 17% respectively. To get the full data surrounding these challenges, download the full report.
IT Hiring to Increase in First Half of 2019
The Numbers: Despite staffing challenges, many technology teams are looking to grow in the first half of 2019 per research from Robert Half. 63% of IT decision makers responding plan to exand with full-time employees – 87% stated that ‘it’s challenging for their company to find skilled IT professionals.’
Math and Economics Tops in Remote Jobs
The Numbers: Industries such as math, economics, insurance, non-profit, and philanthropy grew more than 50% in the last year for remote jobs listings, per FlexJobs.
Gig Worker Myths Abound but Unproven
The Numbers: Assumptions surrounding gig and contingent workers such as being low-wage earners, primarily in manual and service industries, and primarily using the income to supplement their main income are misconceptions, per a report from iCIMS Inc. “Our survey indicated that the majority of contingent workers are experienced and nearly half hold an associate’s degree or higher,” said Josh Wright, chief economist at iCIMS. “Employers can tap them to fill gaps in their workforce.”
Early-Career Medical and Finance Professionals Drawn to Technology Sector
The Numbers: Per a pair of LinkedIn surveys, these professionals are lured to tech early in their career with the hope of more substantive work and increased pay. 47% of young doctors and pharmacists and 54% of MBA grads with finance experience were shifting to tech companies, per the surveys.