Insights from LinkedIn’s 2015 Global Recruiting Survey


LinkedIn Global Recruiting Trends

Job boards vs. social media: What’s the most significant source of hire for companies globally?

LinkedIn recently surveyed over 4,000 talent acquisition leaders in 31 countries, gaining insights into source of hire, quality of hire, quantity of hire, talent brand, the future of recruiting and more, so if you haven’t already downloaded and reviewed LinkedIn’s 2015 Global Recruiting Trends e-book, I highly recommend you do so by clicking here.

While I’m going to share a few of the insights from the Global Recruiting Trends e-book (including the job boards vs. social recruiting), I highly encourage you to compare them with LinkedIn’s country specific recruiting and staffing e-books (Southeast Asia, Australia, India, U.K., Italy, Belgium, etc.) which can be found here. There are some significant differences, specifically when it comes to source of hire.

Top Priority?

Recruiting/sourcing highly skilled talent ranks #1 globally, followed by improving quality of hire, improving sourcing techniques (which should help with #1 and #2), and pipelining talent, which while unsurprising, is interesting when you critically analyze the issues associated with proactively pipelining talent.

LinkedIn Recruiting Trends Sourcing

Source of Hire – Quantity and Quality

The reports of the death of job boards have clearly been greatly exaggerated.

LinkedIn Recruiting Trends Quantity of Hires

As expected, the use of professional social networks have increased significantly over the past for years and have become a significant source of hire when it comes to filling key positions.

However, they still play second fiddle to job boards. #sorryjobboardhaters

Weren’t job boards supposed to die a LONG time ago? As you can see from the graph below, internet job boards aren’t dying, they’re actually getting stronger.

LinkedIn Recruiting Trends Job Boards

Source of Hire – Bang For Your Buck

This is a great graphic comparing various sources of hire by volume and importance in filling key roles.

LinkedIn Recruiting Trends Bang for Your Buck Job Boards

Learn More

Now that you’ve had a taste of some of the results from LinkedIn’s survey of over 4,000 talent acquisition leaders in 31 countries (e.g., job boards still provide significant ROI), download the full e-book to see what other insights they gained, globally and by specific country.

Also, if you’re curious, be sure to check out LinkedIn’s  U.S. Staffing Trends e-book (the global version is coming soon).

Here’s a teaser – it appears that staffing firms are doing a better job of producing a volume of high quality hires from social media than their corporate recruiting counterparts. Why do you think that is?

LinkedIn US Staffing Trends Report Source of Hire quality and quantity


  • Interesting how LinkedIn has taken Search out of the data. How do you think jobseekers found the job postings on the job boards? Do you think maybe some of them did a Google search? We’re not seeing the whole picture here.

  • Internal databases and job boards still rank Number 1 and will do so for a long time! Great commentary Glen (as always!)

  • blahey

    Very curious as to the categories used. For example:
    LinkedIn = Internet Profile/Resume Database + Job Board + Social
    Is Indeed, SimplyHired, JuJu, etc. included as Job Board? and yes, where is Search Engine?

    The hardest part for any company is accurately measuring the source to the origin, last touch point, influencers, or all used in the process as most systems only provide accurate data when their is a direct/horizontal application. For example, I could very easily start on Google, which leads me to Indeed, Linkedin, Monster, CareerBuilder (or the million other sites), be directed from an advertisement to the ATS, then click to be redirected to the the company’s main site to learn more before I apply, then go to the careers section and apply and who gets credit?

  • 4000 is not a big number considering how many people are paying for LI Recruiter….

  • Jung Kim

    We’re seeing more candidates list Indeed, Google and GlassDoor as the primary source when applying for a job opening.

  • Marcus Vinicius Tito

    Glen, there’s an error on the report above. “…over the past for years” you forgot to put an U on For ;)

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  • Jenna

    This is a truly exciting report! Fist bump for sourcers around the world!

  • Cari Castillo

    Great insights! To answer your question, staffing firms do a better job a volume of high quality hires because they do not simply rely on an ATS or for candidates to respond, and do a great deal of sourcing. Many corporate recruiters, although very capable, have high requisition loads and thus do not have the ability/time to source and pursue the more passive/top talent.

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  • Sean Paul

    My eBook writing service is constantly on the lookout for bright, talented and qualified writers to lend us their talent. And I have to absolutely agree with you, internet job boards are still one of the best places to be found online! Thank you for your very well researched post!

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  • claudia

    The job board plays a vital role for the candidates and recruiters, it can be easily managed by using an ATS System that makes helps to do more and ease the work. I am using a ATS that helps me a lot as it comes with many advanced features that covers my all requirements and helped to grow the organization.