iHire Reports 35 Million Job Postings in 2018 & Shares 2019 Predictions

Frederick, Maryland – Jan. 17, 2019 – iHire today unveiled its inaugural U.S. Job Industry Recap and Outlook Report, an annual review of the job market and predictions for the coming year. Sharing insights on the 35 million job postings across 56 industry-specific talent communities, iHire’s eBook is available to download for free.

Key findings in iHire’s report include:

  • Top Hiring Industries: Transportation (5.38 million), Nursing (3.55 million), and Technology (3.44 million) boasted the most job openings in 2018, followed by Sales, Retail, Hospitality, and Engineering.
  • Top Career Titles: Career titles in highest demand included CDL Truck Driver (2.26 million), Sales Representative (1.96 million), and Registered Nurse (RN) (1.77 million). Software Developer and Sales Clerk also had more than 1 million postings.
  • Top Desired Skills: Employers most sought personnel with management skills (2.80 million), as well as training and development (2.23 million) and communications skills (2.03 million).
  • Top Hiring Geographic Areas: California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Ohio were hot states for job openings, with New York-Newark- Jersey City leading the way for metropolitan areas.

“Undoubtedly, 2018 was a historic year for jobs,” said Steve Flook, iHire’s president. “To benchmark this growth, we developed our first-ever U.S. Job Industry Recap and Outlook Report. This inaugural eBook comprises proprietary data from our employer and job seeker platforms, as well as forward-looking trends that we believe will shape the industry in 2019.”

Detailed in the report, the following are among iHire’s 2019 hiring predictions:

  • Recruitment marketing will be a non-negotiable hiring strategy.
  • Employers will focus on employee retention.
  • Workplace culture will be the No. 1 competitive differentiator in the hiring process.
  • Data analytics will power more effective HR.
  • Companies will tackle the skills gap by offering free education and training.

“In 2019, we will likely see the number of job openings continue to increase, as companies look to quickly fill new positions and build their talent pipelines,” Flook continued. “However, the tight labor market will lead employers to focus not only on hiring the right applicants, but also on retaining current employees and reducing staff turnover. A combination of candidate-focused recruitment marketing and highly targeted job search technology will help employers and job seekers alike overcome these challenges for a prosperous 2019.”

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About iHire

iHire is a leading career-oriented platform that brings candidates and employers together in 56 industry-focused communities. We believe that by narrowing job seekers’ and employers’ searches within a specific industry, we can connect high-quality talent with the right opportunities faster, easier, and more effectively than a general job board. Everyone deserves to find work that is fulfilling, inspiring, and meaningful. Since 1999, we’ve combined cutting-edge technology with our expertise in the recruitment space and the invaluable insights of our members to achieve just that. Visit www.ihire.com for more information.

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