Top 100+ Hiring Statistics for 2024 [Updated]


The recruitment industry and trends have changed immensely in the last few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the great resignation.

We’ve compiled some amazing hiring statistics for 2024, revealing some amazing recruitment trends that may help you rebuild your hiring strategies.

Hiring Challenges Statistics

Hiring managers face many challenges while hiring talent like candidate sourcing, lack of talent, etc. Check out the following statistics that reflect the top challenges that recruiters face:

63% of recruiters say talent shortage is their biggest problem. (Source)

76% percent of hiring managers admit attracting the right job candidates is their greatest challenge. (Source)

75% of people would not take a job with a company that had a bad reputation – even if they were unemployed! (Source)

70% of the global workforce is made up of passive talent who aren’t actively job searching, and the remaining 30% are active job seekers. (Source)

The best candidates are off the market in 10 days. (Source)

On average, talent acquisition professionals spend nearly 1/3 of their workweek (about 13 hours) sourcing candidates for a single role. (Source)

nearly 60% of job seekers quit online job applications mid-way due to their length and complexity. (Source)

41% of recruiters say entry-level positions are the hardest to fill. (Source)

75% of recruiters say they’ve seen a candidate change their mind after signing an offer letter. (Source)

75% of recruiters have noticed an increase in salary negotiations from their candidates. (Source)

Recruiting Process Statistics

The recruitment process can directly impact your hiring and people management. Here are some statistics that can help you to improve and optimize your recruiting process:

Email is ranked the most used (51%) and most effective (39%) channel to reach candidates. (Source)

Talent teams rank employee referrals as the most important source of hire, while third-party sources (agency, consulting firm, talent marketplaces) are the least important. (Source)

Companies can expand their talent pool by 10x by recruiting through their employees’ networks. (Source)

More than 50 percent of recruiters and almost half of employers indicated they have no preference regarding the kind of degree earned by candidates, whether from a traditional or online institution. (Source)

43% of recruiters have used texting to reach out to candidates or current applicants. (Source)

Understanding how to optimize the job recruitment process can shorten the hiring cycle by 60% while improving quality. (Source)

41% of employers say that they might not interview a candidate if they can’t find them online. (Source)

The average length of the hiring process is 36 days. (Source)

65% of companies communicate the importance of a mobile assignment to an employee’s career. (Source)

On average, 55% of the candidates believe it should take less than two weeks from the first interview to a job offer. (Source)

Technology and Trends have been playing a role in recruitment. Here are some statistics:

70% of respondents agree sourcing automation would increase productivity. (Source)

62% of talent teams find more high-quality candidates through sourcing than inbound applications. (Source)

The #1 reason people change jobs is a career opportunity. (Source)

The most important factors in accepting a new job are compensation (49%), professional development (33%), and better work/life balance (29%). (Source)

68% of recruiting professionals say that investing in new recruiting technology is the best way to improve recruiting performance. (Source)

Gamification makes 90 percent of hires more productive. (Source)

93% of employers are doing some sort of hiring >> up from 82% in 2021. (Source)

10% of small businesses expect to have hiring freezes in 2022. (Source)

27% of candidates say they are seeking caring work environments. (Source)

68% of recruiters said that investing in new recruitment tech is the best way to improve hiring performance.

Onboarding Statistics

A good candidate is hard to find and you don’t want to let them go. However, an effective onboarding process can help you.

A majority of surveyed recruiters (62%) believe that onboarding is more effective when done in-person than virtually. (Source)

54% of recruiters plan to have a combination of remote and in-person onboarding. (Source)

88% of companies don’t onboard efficiently. (Source)

Companies with a well-designed onboarding process experience 50% greater new hire retention. (Source)

Automating onboarding tasks results in a 16% increase in the retention rate for new hires. (Source)

Candidate Experience Statistics 2024

A good or bad experience plays a big role in candidate sourcing. These insights will help you build a recruiting strategy to improve candidate experience.

Nearly 4 in 5 candidates (78%) say the overall candidate experience they receive is an indicator of how a company values its people. (Source)

89% of talent say being contacted by their recruiter can make them accept a job offer faster. (Source)

Talent is 4x more likely to consider your company for a future opportunity when you offer them constructive feedback. (Source)

81% of candidates responded that employers who continuously communicate the status updates improve the candidate experience. (Source)

60% of job seekers have had a bad candidate experience. (Source)

80 percent of candidates who experience an unsatisfactory recruitment process revealed that they openly tell people about their experience, and a third of these candidates will do so proactively. (Source)

Organizations that invest in a strong candidate experience improve the quality of their new hires by 70 percent. (Source)

87 percent of talent says a positive interview experience can change their mind about a role or company they once doubted. (Source)

Only 9% of organizations employ chatbots on their recruitment websites. (Source)

50% of candidates will not purchase goods or services from a company after a bad job application experience. (Source)

Cost of Bad Hire Statistics 2024

A bad hire can bring down the chances of leveraging an organization’s resources productively.

89% of recruiters say bad hires typically lack soft skills. (Source)

The average cost of one bad hire is nearly $15,000! (Source)

The Undercover Recruiter reports bad hires can cost $240,000 in expenses. Those are broken down into costs related to hiring, pay, and retention. (Source)

43% of companies got fizzled up with bad hires since they had to hire a person ASAP. (Source)

75% of HR managers have caught a lie on a resume. (Source)

The average cost of a bad hire is 30% of that hire’s annual salary. (Source)

As of 2019, companies spend an average of $1,286 per year on training for one employee.

It takes a company 42 days (on average) to fill a position. (Source)

44% of CFOs said that a bad hire greatly affects the morale of the rest of the team.

Bad hires can result in a 32% drop in employee morale, and a 36% drop in productivity. (Source)

Social Media Recruiting Statistics

Recruiters must get creative on social media to reach candidates where they are.

On average, recruiters reference 7.8 different social media sites to source/recruit passive candidates.

LinkedIn is the most-used channel for recruitment efforts — with 77% taking advantage — followed by Facebook (63%). (Source)

Over 85 percent of recruiters and employers state a social media profile is somewhat to extremely important. (Source)

73% of millennials found their current roles through social media.

According to 47% of recruiters, social media helps a great deal in employer branding. (Source)

A study found that 73 percent of job seekers between the ages of 18 and 34 found their last job through social media. (Source)

86% percent of job seekers use social media in their job search. (Source)

The percentage of college-educated users on LinkedIn (51%) is nearly equal to that on Instagram (49%). (Source)

Nearly 20% of recruiters said participating in viral challenges or dances would negatively impact their decision to move forward with a candidate. (Source)

66% of recruiters post job openings on social media. (Source)

Diversity and Inclusion Statistics 2024

Does your company focus on building a diverse workforce? How have companies with a D&I strategy performed better?

80% of job seekers believe their companies foster diversity at work. (Source)

80% of respondents believe that inclusivity is an important aspect of hiring. (Source)

39% of respondents reported that they would leave their current company for a more inclusive one. (Source)

65% of companies have a diversity initiative in place, and of those, 89% report these initiatives are successful. (Source)

38% of recruiters say finding diverse candidates to interview is the biggest barrier to improving diversity. (Source)

78% of companies focus on diversity to improve company culture. (Source)

30% of recruiters have specific goals and policies in place around hiring for racial diversity — and the same amount of recruiters have them in place around hiring for gender diversity. (Source)

Recruiters offer 40% of female employees 7-12 weeks of parental leave — and 65% of these recruiters say it was paid leave. (Source)

37% of employers say more than ever, that candidates expect to learn about a company’s DEI efforts. (Source)

53% of Gen Z recruiters emphasize the importance of building a diverse workforce. (Source)

Remote Hiring and Gig Workers Statistics

Check out the statistics on remote work scenarios and the gig economy:

Sixty-eight percent of recruiters and 53 percent of employers state candidates ask for work-from-home options somewhat often to very often. (Source)

44% of recruiters are prioritizing remote flexibility, but only 24% of candidates say they are looking for that. (Source)

70% of organizations will have a hybrid in-office and remote work policy going forward. (Source)

55% believe that organizations should have differentiated career tracks for workers who are on-premise/on-site and workers who work in different physical locations. (Source)

54% of recruiters have seen candidates turn down an interview or job offer due to a lack of flexibility and remote work options in the workplace. (Source)

67% of employers provide flexible work arrangements. (Source)

64% of college seniors say they are likely to get a job in the “gig economy” to supplement their main income.(Source)

53% of all Generation Z workers are freelancers. (Source)

The global freelance platform market size is projected to boom at a CAGR of 15.3% during 2021-2026. (Source)

Over 50% of the US workforce is likely to participate in the gig economy by 2027. (Source)

Pre-Pandemic Global Workforce Statistics

There were 7.9 million job openings at the beginning of 2020. (Source)

By 2025 Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce. (Source)

86% of companies will invest in intelligence sourcing software. (Source)

Before the pandemic, only 6% of the employed worked primarily from home, and about three-quarters of workers had never worked from home. (Source)

From 2009 to 2019, the workforce moved only from 4% to 6% full-time remote workers. (Source)

Post-Pandemic Global Workforce Stats

83% of employers now say the shift to remote work has been successful for their company. (Source)

Employees say they’re more productive now than they were before the pandemic (34% vs. 28%). (Source)

Due to the pandemic, there has been a 135% rise in remote job offerings. (Source)

78% of organizations say they have changed the volume of hiring they are doing (slowing or freezing hiring). (Source)

The pandemic has caused near-term layoffs to rise to 12.8%. (Source)

89% of organizations are now recruiting virtually, but only 19% of them think it’s better than in-person. (Source)

Over two-thirds of workers will return to the office if employers pay for the commute. (Source)

46% of hiring managers globally expect workplace pandemic changes to become permanent. (Source)

32% of organizations are replacing full-time employees with contingent workers as a cost-saving measure. (Source)

16% of employers are using technologies more frequently to monitor their employees. (Source)

AI in Hiring Statistics

Across all US industries, AI and ML are expected to replace 16% of all US jobs in less than half a decade. (Source)

ResumeBuilder reported that 44% of companies expect layoffs to occur in 2024 due to new AI capabilities. (Source)

14% of workers claim to have already lost a job to ‘robots’. (Source)

81.6% of digital marketers believe content writers will lose jobs because of AI. (Source)

IBM’s data also shows that larger enterprises are twice as likely to embrace AI compared to their smaller counterparts. (Source)

India’s Gen AI market is set to exceed $17 billion by 2030, showcasing a remarkable CAGR of 48%. (Source)


How long does it typically take to fill a job vacancy?

The time to fill a job vacancy can vary based on factors such as the level of the position, industry norms, and the competitiveness of the job market. On average, it can range from a few weeks to several months.

What is the impact of a positive candidate experience on hiring success?

Positive candidate experiences can significantly impact hiring success. Studies have shown that candidates who have a positive experience are more likely to accept job offers, recommend the company to others, and even become customers.

How common is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the hiring process?

The use of AI in the hiring process is becoming increasingly common. Many organizations use AI for resume screening, chatbot interviews, and predictive analytics to streamline recruitment processes and enhance decision-making.

How do diversity and inclusion initiatives impact hiring practices?

Diversity and inclusion initiatives play a crucial role in shaping hiring practices. Companies with robust diversity and inclusion programs tend to attract a more diverse pool of candidates, leading to improved innovation, employee satisfaction, and overall organizational success.

How has remote work impacted hiring trends?

Remote work has led to significant changes in hiring trends. Employers are increasingly open to hiring remote talent, and candidates are seeking opportunities that offer flexible work arrangements. The adoption of virtual hiring processes has also become more widespread.

Why are these recruitment statistics so important? Because data never lie.

Recruiters will have to leverage modern recruitment technologies to keep up with the new trends just to stay in the market. The tools recruiters use can make their work easy. Learn more about the Applicant Tracking System or Background verification tool.

Originally published June 03, 2022 10:49 AM, updated Feb 06 2024

Pawan Kumar

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