More than 50 per cent campus recruiters face challenges with the existing hiring process, according to a survey on Tuesday.
The survey, titled ‘Campus Hiring 2019-20: Challenges, Trends & Best Practices’, by talent assessment company Mercer|Mettl, said the biggest challenges the organisations faced were building pre-placement connect and brand visibility with students. 55.41 per cent organisations termed it a challenge.
Similar number of organisations also said shortlisting the right set of campuses was a challenge.
“Through our latest report, we intend to highlight the existing and emerging trends that are shaping the campuses hiring landscape. The insights can help companies bridge the gap between the old and the new mechanisms, enhancing the rate, scale and quality of the talent they onboard,” said Siddhartha Gupta, CEO, Mercer|Mettl.
According to the report, 54.14 also voted logistics management and coordination with multiple campuses for multiple rounds as a challenge. 45.22 per cent ascertained that administration of right screening assessments for filtering candidates for interviews was a problem area.
Lastly, 38.85 per cent organisations said lower offer rollout to joining rate is a major concern.
The report also emphasises how the use of technology could turn out to be a game-changer for defining efficiency and scalability in recruitment through shortlisting target campuses, building pre-placement engagement, shortlisting resumes, rolling out screening assessments, and conducting interviews.
Organisations that revamped the campus hiring methodologies by integrating innovative technologies into the process fared better than peers, the study said. Organisations that leveraged campus intelligence to enhance hiring strategy were able to increase their onboarding rate to 75 per cent, the survey said.
The study recorded responses from over 400 campus recruiters across sectors, including IT, manufacturing, healthcare, government, construction, entertainment and retail. (IANS)
The government’s October jobs report being released Friday will help show whether hiring remains a key source of strength for a U.S. economy that’s been weakened by trade wars and a global slowdown.
It will also provide a glimpse of whatever short-term damage the now-settled strike against General Motors inflicted on the economy.
Analysts have forecast that employers added 90,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate ticked up from 3.5% to 3.6%, still near a 50-year low, according to a survey of forecasts by data provider FactSet.
The predicted gain is an artificially low one because of the GM strike. The strike is thought to have caused roughly 60,000 idled workers to be temporarily counted as unemployed during October, meaning that the expected job gain would otherwise be far higher, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody Analytics.
Hiring has slowed this past year, though it remains high enough to keep the unemployment rate from rising in an otherwise mostly lackluster economy. On Wednesday, the government estimated that the economy grew in the July-October quarter at a modest 1.9% annual rate.
Surveys suggest that employers have turned cautious in large part because of heightened uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade conflicts. The president has imposed tariffs on many goods imported to the U.S., and other nations have retaliated with import taxes on U.S. exports.
One result is that companies, especially in manufacturing, construction and retail but also in some other sectors, have slowed their hiring or have stopped hiring altogether.
“The fundamental outlook for payrolls is deteriorating, with all the surveys we follow pointing to weaker labor demand,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “Layoffs are still very low and stable, but the downshift in hiring is substantial.”
Still, consumers, who drive about 70% of U.S. economic activity, have remained generally resilient. In September, they modestly stepped up their spending, and their incomes grew fast enough to let them save more, too. A rising saving rate is encouraging because it suggests that households have leeway to keep spending and supporting an economic expansion that has entered a record-breaking 11th year.
A drag on the economy
At the same time, businesses have been a drag on the economy in recent months. Collectively, they have slashed their spending on industrial machinery and other equipment, mostly because the U.S.-China trade war has made them reluctant to commit to big purchases. The tariffs between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies, have also reduced U.S. exports.
So far this year, job growth has averaged roughly 161,000 a month, down from a monthly average of 223,000 jobs in 2018, according to Labor Department figures.
October is the usual start of hiring for the holiday shopping season. But the rise of e-commerce and increasing concentration of wealth in large U.S. metros have corresponded with the loss of more than 70,000 jobs at retailers this year. This trend could further diminish hiring by the retail sector, said Richard Moody, chief economist at Regions Financial.
“Given the ongoing structural changes within retail and this year’s late Thanksgiving, there was likely much less seasonal hiring this October than in past years,” he said.
Pay growth slows
Sluggish pay growth is another source of concern. The low unemployment rate and a shortage of qualified workers in many industries have nevertheless failed to accelerate wages across the job market as traditional economy theory would suggest. Average annual hourly pay growth has slipped from 3.4% in February to 2.9% in September.
Still, data tracked by the jobs site Glassdoor indicates that wage gains should start to rebound as companies continue to compete for workers in the hottest job markets.