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Recruiter Jobs Up Over Last Year, But Slowing


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Demand for recruiters has slowed in the last few months, but the overall job count remains strong across the U.S.

Wanted Analytics says the number of jobs for recruiters is 12 percent higher than a year ago, with some 14,000 ads for recruiting jobs posted online last month. That’s down from the peak in May, but, says Wanted, the effect may simply be seasonal, as a similar dip occurred a year ago, continuing through the end of the year, before rising sharply.

Metro New York had the largest number of recruiter jobs posted; San Francisco, with 36 percent growth in the year-over-year number of recruiter jobs, had the greatest growth.

A SimplyHired report for jobs with the word “recruiter” (this will include jobs that simply mention the word, whether the position is for a recruiter) shows a huge jump in the percentage. Somewhat over 3.5 percent of the ads on SimplyHired contained the word “recruiter” in August. Twelve months before, the percentage was a hair over 1.5 percent.

Jobs mentioning “Human Resources” declined somewhat over that same period. A year ago, about 3 percent of SimplyHired’s ads mentioned the term. In August, about 2.5 percent did.

Indeed, which tracks the Human Resources category, reported a 6 percent decrease in HR jobs in September over the same month a year before.

However, there’s more interest in HR jobs now than a year ago, at least judging from the number of clicks the ads are getting. Clicks into HR jobs of all types increased 11 percent since September 2011, Indeed reported. Of the five top job titles getting clicked, four were for HR positions – generalists, assistants, coordinators or managers. In fifth, were ads that had “recruiter” in the title.

Wanted, which digs much deeper into the job ads, says it’s seeing an increase in the types of skills employers want. In addition to the traditional skills, Wanted says recruiter jobs requiring social media skills are up 52 percent over a year ago. Those wanting negotiation skills are up 13 percent.

Recruiter ads remain online an average of five weeks. In San Francisco and Minneapolis, the ads stay up for six weeks, suggesting talent is harder to find in those areas.

John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.