Recruiting Industry News from (Apr 2020)

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Recruiting Industry News Roundup from April

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Welcome to Recruiter Roundup, a monthly look at the most exciting recruiting and HR industry news.

As we head into the third month of lockdowns, organizations are still learning the best ways to do business in the midst of a pandemic. Companies are building out brand new processes and procedures — either to account for the shift to fully remote operations or to comply with public health directives in those locations that are still open. Some sectors have had to slash hiring dramatically, and others are making more hires than ever before.

We at have been surveying our network of independent recruiters to get a better understanding of what they’re experiencing now and what they expect for the future. To hear their reports from the front lines of the brand new economy, you can download the first installment of the Recruiter Index® survey here. To summarize the findings to date: There’s reason to believe the worst effects of the pandemic won’t linger for long.

Recruiting Industry Investments / M&A Activity:

Financial News estimates that up to 90 percent of planned mergers and acquisitions were put on hold when the pandemic hit. While that may be true, investments and M&A activity certainly haven’t come to a complete stop in the recruiting industry. That likely has to do with the recruiting industry’s unique role in the economy: Even — and especially — in tumultuous times, companies need the right talent if they’re going to thrive.

Must-Read Reports:

In addition to our Recruiter Index® survey, a number of recent reports have been tracking the business and talent landscape in the age of COVID-19. While much of the news is understandably less than optimistic, there are bright spots worth noting — for example, Jobvite’s look at how recruiters are getting creative to keep talent pipelines full.

Company News:

  • The ASA may have recorded lower employment in the staffing sector right now, but that hasn’t stopped some companies from expanding their operations. For example, Hunt Scanlon reports that Australian executive search firm MitchelLake Group is expanding in the U.S. Meanwhile, New York-based talent advisory Boyden is branching out into Hong Kong, China, and Singapore. This activity suggests strategically minded recruiting firms can still find new business opportunities, even at this moment in time.
  • Some recruiting and staffing firms are also adjusting their search fees to give their clients a break during the pandemic or donating profits to first responders, signaling an effort by the industry to do its part in getting the world back to safety and stability.
  • Rewards app Hytch is taking a new approach to promoting safety at work, launching a “shelter in place” feature that allows companies to reward employees for following public health guidelines.

Legal and Regulatory News:


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Written by Miles Jennings

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