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Over a third loosen job requirements amid tight labor market: Adecco USA

July 17, 2019

Some hiring managers are loosening job requirements to help bring workers on board, according to a survey by Adecco USA, part of The Adecco Group. It found 37% loosened job requirements in order to recruit talent, and of those that did loosen their requirements, 72% did so within the last year.

The survey included hiring decision-makers in the US with responsibility for hiring temporary workers.

When it comes to loosening requirements, Adecco USA found that 62% lowered the required years of experience, 52% sped up the hiring process, 50% reduced educational requirements, 21% stopped drug testing and 16% stopped background checks.

“With the shallow candidate pool, many employers face challenges identifying candidates that meet all the qualifications traditionally required,” said Amy Glaser, senior VP, Adecco USA. “By loosening requirements, employers may open up an entirely new group of candidates, which can enable them to better fill in-demand positions.”

Nearly half, 49%, of companies that have loosened or plan to loosen their requirements did so because they were unable to find enough qualified candidates. One-third said they loosened requirements because they noticed the were losing job candidates to competitors.

Common issues in the survey were that 32% of candidates left the hiring process in favor of freelance work, 44% of candidates stopped returning phone calls/emails during the hiring process and 41% said candidates realized the job was not a great fit.


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