Industry Insights

October Service Industry Hiring Update

By: Phil Weltman, David Rotando, Mariah Rogers
Nov 19, 2021 • 4 min read

October Service Industry Hiring Update

As a hiring manager, you know how important it is to keep up with industry trends and ensure your business is well-staffed. With COVID safety precautions and the current hiring market, this is no easy task! Each month, we strive to release a complete guide for hiring managers in the service industry as they make decisions to help their location thrive. Let’s dive into October’s updates!

Industry Updates

The current hiring market has presented many challenges for employers looking to fill empty roles. Specific industries that candidates have increased applying for on the JobGet app are as follows:

  • Retail job applies up over 14%
  • Food job applies up over 21%
  • Personal Care job applies up over 81%
  • Cleaning & Maintenance job applies up over 22%
  • Barista job applies up over 148%

JobGet employer profile completion has also increased by over 56% from September. More jobs are being posted, resulting in more opportunities for job seekers.

JobGet User Updates

Let’s dive in and explore the different trends of our applicant users that have appeared within the last month. If you are recruiting candidates for any of the following areas, JobGet can be especially helpful. In the past month alone, app downloads have increased by over 30%.

Top Job Postings over the past 90 days:

  1. Foodservice
  2. Retail
  3. General Labor

With a 76% increase in employers shortlisting candidates compared to September, high-quality hires are proven to have been made.

Applicant Pain Points

It’s no secret that making hires in the current market is a challenge many small business owners and larger corporations are facing. This poses the question: why is it so difficult to make these hires? Here are a few factors contributing to this issue:

  • Older workers are retiring
  • Lack of employee benefits
  • Absence of child care
  • Demand for higher wages
  • Flexible schedules
  • COVID precautions

What You Can Do

Overcoming this hiring hurdle will take time and adaptability. Stay ahead of the curve by implementing changes such as:

  1. Highlighting on-the-job safety precautions your store is taking. This will help high-risk/COVID-cautious applicants feel more comfortable about accepting a position at your company.
  2. Work with your hiring team to incorporate better benefits for employees to make job postings more attractive. Providing health benefits, flexible work hours, and more stability can help boost applicant traffic.
  3. Make a strong effort to combat age discrimination. Ensure that all current workers and applicants taking part in your hiring process feel well-supported.
  4. Offer a signing bonus to employees payable after a pre-determined number of days. For example, a $300 bonus after 60-days.
  5. Invest in your employees by providing tuition assistance or reimbursement.
  6. Offer a comprehensive onboarding process, so the employee feels more comfortable during the first few weeks of their new job.

Are you actively hiring for open hourly positions at your business? Find quality candidates now when you make an account with us. JobGet is the #1 mobile-first job platform.

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