Are Recruiters Hanging Up on Wireless Hiring?

Remember walkie-talkie phones or PDAs? Popular mobile phone demand quickly shifts from one company to another. Now, devices like the iPhone, Galaxy, and Droid are at the forefront of mobile phone communication. What happens to hiring at these companies as consumer demand changes so rapidly? Last year, Samsung replaced Nokia as the top OEM in the world and, in recent news, Nokia reported that it will be making layoffs. TechCrunch said "there may be further cuts as the company continues to reduce costs and downsize to fit the fact that it is no longer the world's biggest handset maker." As some companies are cutting back, others might be expanding, so we decided to take a look at hiring trends in radio and television broadcasting and wireless communications equipment manufacturing to gain some insight.

After picking up in the beginning of 2012, demand quickly declined and hasn't bounced back yet. Demand in January 2013 decreased 22% compared to January 2012. Is this just a slow start to the year or is the industry seeing a slowdown in hiring?

Hiring Demand for Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing

Hiring Demand for Wireless Communications Manufacturing
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

Nokia mentioned that some of its reductions will be in IT, however, this is the most demanded talent by the entire industry.

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Senior Software Engineer
  3. Systems Engineer
  4. Network Engineer
  5. Program Manager
  6. Project Manager
  7. Senior Systems Engineer
  8. Test Engineer
  9. Administrative Assistant
  10. Systems Administrator
On average, recruiting in the radio and television broadcasting and wireless communications equipment manufacturing industry is likely to be moderately difficult, scoring a 62 on our Hiring Scale (out of a possible 99, 99 denoting hard-to-fill.) Springfield, MO, presents the least difficult recruiting environment, scoring a 7.

Hiring Scale for Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing

Hiring Scale for Wireless Communications Manufacturing
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

Will hiring in radio and television broadcasting and wireless communications equipment manufacturing return to the volume we saw in 2012?

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