Recruiting Fraud in the Army, Vanishing Vaccine Requirements in Job Posts, Pay Disparities at Twitter, and More!

The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week

Welcome to “The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week,” a weekly post that features talent acquisition insights and information from around the web to kick off your weekend. Here’s what’s of interest this week:

Army Reopening Hundreds of Recruiting Fraud Investigations

From Army Times: “The Army’s Criminal Investigation Division is taking a second look at nearly 900 investigations it previously conducted into personnel accused of fraud or other crimes while participating in the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program between 2005 and 2012, according to an email obtained by Army Times. “Tens of thousands of part-time troops, primarily members of the National Guard, faced investigation for their participation in G-RAP (or its smaller Army Reserve counterpart, AR-RAP). Under the program, off-duty members working for office supply company Docupak as independent contractors could receive up to $2,000 for each enlisted soldier they referred — and it worked, sparking around 130,000 enlistments in seven years.”

Vaccine Requirements in Job Ads Are Declining

“About 5.9 percent of U.S. job listings cited vaccination as a necessity for applicants as of June 30, according to a new analysis by AnnElizabeth Konkel, an economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab,” according to SHRM. “The share of job ads mentioning a vaccine requirement has slowly fallen since its pandemic-era peak of 7.1 percent on March 12.”

Microsoft, Google Are Latest Tech Giants to Hit Brakes on Hiring

This Bloomberg article takes a look at how numerous tech companies — from Alphabet to Google to Lyft to Salesforce and more — are slowing or freezing hiring.

Leaked Salary Data Show Huge Pay Disparities at Twitter

“Salaries for the same role at Twitter can vary by as much as 225 percent, depending on where in the world employees are based,” reports Input. “Unsurprisingly, such revelations — being reported publicly for the first time by Input — have many of lower-paid Twitter employees upset and considering employment elsewhere.”

Survey Reveals HR’s No. 1 Priority Is Hiring

“In HR Dive’s second annual Identity of HR survey, readers’ responses illuminated a troubling trend. Finding and acquiring new talent was listed as a top priority, as well as a top stressor. Survey respondents cited hiring as their top concern (36.49%) — more than compliance (about 7%), more than training (almost 8%), more than tech (roughly 7%),” according to HR Dive.

Microsoft President Sees ‘New Era’ of Stagnating Labor Pool

“U.S. companies are facing a ‘new era in which fewer people are entering the workforce and pressure to pay higher salaries may become permanent, Microsoft’s president Brad Smith told Reuters in an interview,” CNBC reports. “The trend of around 5 million people expanding the U.S. working age population every five years since 1950 has shifted, starting in the period between 2016 and 2020 when growth slowed to 2 million. Major markets overseas have seen outright labor force declines.”

If You Have ‘Diversity’ Recruiting. What Do You Call The Rest of Your Recruiting?

TA leader Tim Sackett discusses the differences between recruiting and “diversity recruiting,” raising numerous provocative questions.

The Undervaluing of Recruiting

“Recruiters sometimes feel like they are separated from the rest of the organization,” writes ERE strategy columnist Mary Faulkner. “Yes, they work with hiring managers to identify hiring needs. And the really good recruiters are fully attuned to their customers, acting as advisors as talent needs arise. But what about everything else — benefits, titling, salary ranges, even methodology? How much can recruiters really influence the business’ value proposition?”

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Vadim Liberman is editor of ERE.net and TLNT (the devil wears TJ Maxx) — a workplace renegade advancing how we think, work, and live. He has previously worked as a strategy consultant to HR and recruiting tech companies at The Starr Conspiracy, as a talent management professional at Prudential, and as senior editor of The Conference Board Review, a magazine for business leaders. Vadim loves to talk about all things HR, talent acquisition, and Bravo TV shows. Bring it!

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