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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:

Mass Layoffs at Twitter

“Mass layoffs have begun at Twitter, where reports suggest upward of 50% of the social media site’s jobs ― roughly 3,700 ― could be eliminated,” according to the Huffington Post. “Employees received a message Thursday evening notifying them that layoffs were beginning, according to The New York Times. They were told not to come to the office on Friday.” This is a big shakeup at Twitter, which is closed today, and one that directly relates to the article below…

Big Tech’s Hiring Splurge Makes Cost Cuts Even Harder

“In just the past year, Microsoft, Facebook and Google parent Alphabet have all seen their headcount rise by upwards of 20%. As Big Tech companies shift from growth to belt tightening, they will have to reckon with just how many employees they’ve hired since the pandemic began,” according to Axios.

NYC Companies Quickly Find Ways Around New Pay Transparency Law

“Rather than giving the public an inside glimpse of what employees all over the city were earning, many companies opted to post overly broad salary ranges,” The Gothamist reports. “Salaries for New York City-based tech jobs at Amazon were listed by the company at a range of $88,400-$185,000 per year. International consulting firm Deloitte, one of the city’s largest employers, listed salary ranges between $86,800 and $161,200. Postings on The Wall Street Journal sought reporters and producers with years of experience but listed salary ranges between $40,000-$160,000. Citigroup’s postings, however, took the cake – listing multiple job openings with a range between $0-$2 million.”

Is the Era of Flexible Working Over?

“The amount of remote job postings on LinkedIn are falling, according to new data released by the platform,” CNBC reports. “In the U.S. for example, the share of postings with remote roles has declined by 5 percentage points since April, when they peaked at 20% of postings.”

Indeed’s Radical New Shift in Pricing Policy

Indeed is implementing a significant change: “a shift from a pay-per-click to a pay-per-application pricing plan,” Suzanne Lucas writes on ERE.net. “Instead of charging based on clicks alone, employers will pay when a job seeker fills out an application. This could be a game-changer for recruiters who often tire of people (like me) who click on many job postings for reasons other than applying for the job.”

Mixed Bag for Jobs: Employers Keep Hiring, but Unemployment Rises

“The U.S. economy added 261,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate rose to 3.7%, according to the latest monthly employment snapshot from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday morning,” CNN reports. “Economists had expected a smaller rise in the unemployment rate, to only 3.6%. Still, it is low by historical standards — September’s 3.5% reading matched a half-century low.”

New House Bill Incentivizes Skills-Based Hiring

“The Advancing Skills-Based Hiring Act, introduced by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., would boost skills-based hiring by first ensuring an employer’s pre-employment assessments are compliant with the law,” according to SHRM. “Specifically, the bill would support employers seeking to adopt skills-based hiring practices through technical assistance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The agency would review the validity of employment tests and selection procedures and provide a safe harbor for those employers that participate in the voluntary compliance initiative.”

People Who Are Blind Are Disproportionately Unemployed

From HR Dive: “Even as employers struggle to attract and retain top talent, this group remains underemployed, often because of long-standing myths around costs and accommodations associated with making workplaces accessible to employees who are blind.”

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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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