The Demand for Skilled Talent
2022 Hiring and Employment Trends
Need a better hiring and retention strategy this year? Start with our 2022 Demand for Skilled Talent report and discover what the new hiring landscape will look like, how smart businesses are adapting and what job candidates want most from employers.
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On the great reshuffle
The number of job openings and workers quitting their jobs reached record highs in March 2022.
Unemployment Rate (April): 3.6%
Job Openings (March): 11.5 million*
Employee Voluntary Quit Level (March): 4.5 million*
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Preliminary and seasonally adjusted
Views from the negotiating table
Job seekers are doing their salary research, but pay is only one reason they aren’t accepting new offers.
Why companies lose out on candidates they want to hire
Candidate wants more schedule flexibility
Hiring manager takes too long to make an offer and the candidate accepts another position
Offer doesn’t meet candidate’s salary expectation
How candidates prepare for salary negotiation*
Researched salaries for the role
Calculated an ideal salary based on personal finance needs
Discussed salaries with colleagues
*Multiple responses permitted
A good time to hire, whether contract or permanent
Companies are adding staff across sectors in 2022 for both contract and permanent positions.
Hiring outlook for permanent positions*
Adding new permanent positions
Hiring for vacated positions
Top 5 industries hiring in a
- Administrative and support services
- Information technology
- Business and professional services
- Advertising, media and publishing
- Finance and insurance
*Hiring for the first half of 2022; responses may not total 100% due to rounding
Hiring outlook for contract positions
Not using contract employees
Raising the incentives bar
Want top talent? Better pay and perks plus flexible work arrangements are what workers want most.
Actions employers are taking when hiring*
Increasing starting salaries
Offering remote options
Offering signing bonuses
Increasing paid time off
Loosening education, skills or experience requirements
*Multiple responses permitted
Reasons workers plan to look for a new job*
Better benefits and perks
Ability to work remotely long term
More opportunity to advance
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Workers want flexibility. Employers are reluctant to give it.
Companies are still hesitant to meet employee demands to work anywhere.
Employers' plans to return workers to the office
Employers' plans to return workers
to the office
On a full-time basis
On a part-time basis
Will let each employee decide
Will not be reopening office
Work opportunities of interest to employees*
Remote-optional position (flexibility on where to work)
Hybrid position (remote and in the office)
*Multiple responses permitted; top responses shown
Start a smarter salary discussion
Hiring talent? Negotiating compensation? See the 2022 Salary Guide from Robert Half to:
- Explore national and market-specific salary projections based on real job placements
- Review trends in your profession
- Discover what perks and benefits employers are offering
The Employment Situation — April 2022, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 6, 2022
Job Openings and Labor Turnover — March 2022, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 3, 2022
Online surveys developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms in 2021. Respondents included executives, senior managers and employees from small (20-249 employees), medium (250-499 employees) and large (500+ employees) private, publicly listed and public sector organizations across the United States.