Are Jobs Taking Longer to Fill?

In September, there were 1.5 million ads available online that had been advertised for 90 days or longer. Which jobs take more than 3 months of advertising to fill? Does this mean jobs are taking longer to fill than in the past? Beginning in early 2012, the number of ads that stayed online for more than 90 days began in increase, reaching a 4-year high in July 2013. In September, the 1.5 million ads represented a 53% increase compared to September of last year. In addition, there is an increasing percentage of jobs staying online for longer periods of time. In September 2011, just 5.8% of job ads remained online for more than 90 days. Over the past 2 years, that portion has increased to more than 8.7% of ads spending more than 90 days online.

Number of Job Ads that Remain Online for More than 90 Days

Number of Job Ads that Remain Online for More than 90 Days
Source: WANTED Analytics

Below is a list of the 20 occupations that had the most ads online for more than 90 days. Many of these occupations are for sales and other customer-facing jobs that often see high turnover and constant recruiting. If companies always leave job ads online and are always looking for potential candidates, this could be the reason that these occupations show a longer posting period. Of these occupations, Heavy and Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers have the longest average posting period across the US. Jobs for Truck Drivers average 55 days online, or just under 8 weeks. Also, most of these occupations had more ads online for over 90 days than they did last year. Only Customer Service Representatives declined, with 14% fewer ads this year than during last September. All the other occupations had double-digit increases from last year, with Cashiers growing more than 400%. Does it surprise you that any of these occupations stay online for long periods of time?

Occupation Year-over-Year Increase in Volume
Retail Salespersons 62.30%
Registered Nurses 46.30%
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 61.80%
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 98.20%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 24.70%
Customer Service Representatives -14.70%
Software Developers, Applications 63.70%
Cashiers 426.60%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 13.00%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 81.50%
Computer Systems Analysts 43.20%
Marketing Managers 54.90%
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 63.10%
Industrial Engineers 52.20%
Medical and Health Services Managers 35.00%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 43.70%
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 78.70%
Management Analysts 42.20%
General and Operations Managers 70.90%
Insurance Sales Agents 20.50%
When sourcing candidates for these jobs, you may need to set expectations up front that a certain position will take a longer period of time to fill than a Hiring Manager may believe. Also, this does not necessarily represent the time-to-fill for a job. These periods reflect the number of calendar days that a job is advertised online – likely the period from when a Recruiter posts a job ad and collects resumes, to when they begin the interviewing process. To estimate the actual time-to-fill, you would add on the number of days you typically spend interviewing and negotiating with potential candidates.

For more, read our blog article on the occupations with the longest average posting period.

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