Because of how we work when supporting our clients, we have a very unique “glimpse” into how over 5000 Executive Search companies and almost 20 000 decision makers react – the majority of which being located in Europe; and we collect and analyze how they respond; and we observe if and what kind of trends there are to leverage them into better career management & more effective job search methods.
Before there are trends, there are signals which we usually keep to ourselves. But these are not usual times, so we decided to share those market signals by the end of each week. If the country / context is important, we’ll add them. Otherwise, we’ll keep it general for confidentiality.
This is not a full version of this week’s report. View the complete presentation here:
We’ve continued reaching out to CEOs, HR Directors, investors, board members and candidates that we know personally, to take the temperature. Below you’ll find their shortened quotes in no particular order.
However, we’ll start with a KPI that gives a quite good feel of the overall trend on the job market:
Number of published job ads on LinkedIn
Note: some job ads might have been taken off LinkedIn, not because the recruitment process was put on hold or canceled, but because they are costly, especially if you have dozens of them. A company might have wanted to simply cut costs and move to more cost-effective alternatives. Some local job portals are offering substantial discounts.
|Initial list of 18 countries||Sorted|
|Extended list to 38 countries||Sorted|
Note: the numbers are collected at the beginning of each week, on Monday afternoon. In the full version of the report, you can find separate data for regions such as: Visegrad, Baltics, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Iberia, SEE, BENELUX, DACH, Western Europe and EU.
First an overview of the indices:
Index18: This week, 5 countries published more job ads on LinkedIn than in Week 13: Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine and Belgium.
Index36: 53% of the countries published more job ads in Week 49 than in Week 15, which is a 3% increase since last week. Moreover, 68% of the countries published more job ads this week than last week – an increase of 18% compared to Week 48.
The European Union: In Week 49, the European Union noted a +5.05% increase: 196,620 more job ads were published than in the initial Week 17. Since last week, it’s a +4.48% increase.
Winners of the week: When it comes to regions, the winning result of Week 49 belongs to Northern Europe: we observed an increase of +7.22% since last Week 48 (8,128 job ads more). Country-wise, Serbia is the winner with an increase of +28.21%.
Losers of the week: In Week 49, the worst result out of all the regions was noted in Visegrad: a -23.36% decrease and 60,506 job ads less than in the initial Week 13. Worst country result: Czechia with a -45.27% decrease and -24,979 job ads.
Collected Quotes from CEOs and HR Directors:
The vast majority of executives are with market leaders in their respective industries. By default, the board members are members of local boards; if not, we’ll indicate the exception.
Chemical: We are still working from home and our workload has increased because of the current situation.
Telco / IT: We probably won’t make it – we lost many clients and that put us in a very difficult situation.
Manufacturing: COVID-19 caused a noticeable crisis, the company’s poor financial performance in 2020 has reduced headcount to 20% of the levels from the beginning of the year.
Chemical: We produce sanitizing products so we are very busy.
Useful observations & tips for candidates from one of our contacts:
Head of Talent Acquisition / International public organization
Before CV-19, sometimes we’d have only 20 applicants for a post. Now, there’s a massive increase. For some roles it’s double the amount of candidates – for HR roles, even more! A recent posting received 50 applicants within 12 hours! I can see that online interviews are more stressful for candidates because of all the technical challenges. Consequently, their performance is different. The overall candidate experience is also different – not worse, just different.
I still see two struggles for now and beyond CV-19: to formulate proper remote working policies, and to design appropriate digital onboarding processes.
About the future: everything will depend on the success of developing a vaccine. However, there are definitely elements that are here to stay: remote work if physical presence is not required (it currently saves me 5 hours per week, 20 hours per month on commuting – why would I voluntarily want to go back?) and online interviews!
Tips for candidates:
- Cover the basics: our ATS “enforces” as complete applications as possible. Having said that, it still surprises me that approximately 30% of the candidates still don’t get the absolute basics right!
- Don’t apply to everything. Constant rejection affects your motivation. Keep applying to the job ads where you see a fit and don’t give up!
If you want to discuss your professional situation confidentially or if you are considering hiring Career Angels for support, contact Bichl.Sandra@CareerAngels.eu who will personally match you with the most appropriate consultant. For efficiency, add your CV and availability for a Skype call.
If you want to contribute, email your signals to Sandra (everything will be kept confidential).
Market Signals published thus far: