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“It is not enough to simply tear things down though – we also need to build.“
REC has been a superb commentator on the state of the UK economy, using its lens as representative of staffing agencies to better understand the implications of government policy. Must watch for UK brainfooders.
Issue #312 published 2 Oct 2022
Hot on the heels of a wonderful Brainfood Live on Where Are The Missing Workers?, this post describes the challenges of the service sector economy in attracting workers. Labour force reallocation may be overblown, but for some industries it is undoubtedly true. Get ready for robot service / self service if you want to eat out.
Issue #312 published 2 Oct 2022
In our rush to see the end of pandemic (and pandemic mitigation measures…), we might well have underestimated the aggregate impact of disability from bad cases of Covid-19. Candidate shortage we’re seeing can at least partly be explained by the millions of workers currently economically inactive due to long Covid. H/T to brainfooder Bas van de Haterd for the share
Issue #311 published 25 Sep 2022
Brainfooder Sarah Ali has been producing these monthly pulse reports and I’ve included every single one since I became aware of them. Superb analysis of labour economics in the US, made accessible through great writing and strong visual components. Must read for US brainfooders - and, given the dominance of the US economy - non-US brainfooders also.
Issue #311 published 25 Sep 2022
So last week, one of the most popular posts made the very good point that you should not base your market analysis on high profile tech lay offs alone. It’s still worth keeping an eye on though, and True Up probably do as good a job as any on keeping us up to date. H/T to brainfooder Jo McCatty for the share
Issue #309 published 11 Sep 2022
Bersin is going to be the headliner in HR Tech in Vegas and his talks are always superbly delivered. If you can’t make it, this monologue is a decent summary of the scene and what Josh is going to cover.
Issue #308 published 4 Sep 2022
Long term illness and disability might be one of the most significant consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic - latest study from Brookings suggests a figure as high as 4 million US citizens perhaps permanently leaving the workforce due to inability to work. Goes some way to explain the candidate shortage we touched up earlier, especially in key worker industries.
Issue #308 published 4 Sep 2022
High profile tech layoffs capture the headlines but are less significant to the overall employment market than the less dramatic hiring freeze. Author crunches some simple arithmetic to tell us that it’s not lay offs we should be worried about but vacancy volume. Outstanding read.
Issue #308 published 4 Sep 2022
Remember the Labour Market Paradox in 2021? It’s back in its 2.0 version as talk of economic recession, high inflation and business closures collides with persistent talent shortage and record number of vacancies. US data here from LinkedIn (based on no. of people updating employment segment of their profiles) shows the K-shaped market. UK data from REC, a similar story. We’ll be talking about this in Brainfood Live later this month, Where are the Missing Workers - make sure to sign up!
Issue #308 published 4 Sep 2022
Love this podcast from Neil Carberry and Greg Savage - two fellows who have some unique access to the boardrooms of staffing agencies. Have a listen to what they have to say about the state of the market. Have a listen
Issue #307 published 28 Aug 2022
The Great Resignation was replaced quickly the Great Reallocation….but did it really happen? I’ve read two reports in the past week which says rather counter intuitively now, that it didn’t. This one, from the ECB is aligned to this view, though I think more granular sector specific analysis would reveal a more significant shift.
Issue #307 published 28 Aug 2022
Reading the market under the conditions of chaotic change has become a fools errand. Josh Bersin has a go here, and his underplaying of the macro economic factors is less convincing than his observation that ‘every industry is transforming into something else’. That part couldn’t be more true. His highlight of PwC’s 4 R’s matrix is a useful orientating model for recruiting & HR.
Issue #307 published 28 Aug 2022
Since the 1970’s, we’ve kind of behaved as if it can, aggressively promoting globalisation and integration, and - in the first world at least - reaping the benefits of ever high standards of living. Whether this idea is sustainable or not might determine whether you support Elon on his mission to colonise Mars….easy 6 minute animated video.
Issue #306 published 21 Aug 2022
Nice twitter thread from brainfooder Tony Wilson on the recently released Labour Force Survey. Long term ill health showing up as a factor in economic inactivity, a massively under rated effect of pandemic mismanagement. Tony will also be joining us for the Brainfood Live on the 30th - it’s going to be panel of expert labour market economists - make sure to sign up.
Issue #306 published 21 Aug 2022
I have been banging on to recruitment vendors to pulse out more reports, more regularly, and great to see some of the responses. Thanks to brainfooder Sarah Ali, Global Economists at our buddies at Radancy for producing these monthlies. US data is what we now expect - a confusing mix of messages, which simultaneously tell us about slow growth, high inflation, concurrent with continual challenges to hire. Have a read here. Incidentally, Sarah will be joining us on Brainfood Live next month, when we talk about ‘Where Are All The Missing Workers?’ - make sure to register.
Issue #306 published 21 Aug 2022
Thousands of UK students got their A-Level and GCSE results last week, so this is a well timed update from Indeed Hiring Lab on what the graduate career market look like. Some good news - graduate job market has bounced back, though internships still suffering as employers can’t quite figure out how to deal with remote…. Accessible, quality research
Issue #306 published 21 Aug 2022
And yet lay offs are a thing, especially in tech and especially in scale up tech, where VC money raised on the model of a troubled yet fundamentally globalising marketplace has been shattered by war and ‘hostile de-globalisation’. Visual Capitalist with a great if incomplete visualisation of what’s up
Issue #305 published 14 Aug 2022
Excellent report from our buddies at Landing Jobs, who surveyed the global software engineering community on the stuff they do and stuff they want to do. Unusual geographical diversity in these results, something which will become increasingly important as more software engineering roles migrate to remote. Have a read here
Issue #305 published 14 Aug 2022
So I lied when I said it was the last one on labour market economics 🤣. This is is great though, as it provides evidence on what we intuitively know is true anyway - that going to another employer is the best way to increase your compensation over the long term. Interesting to know what impact salary transparency might have on this effect, should suppress it somewhat I think?
Issue #304 published 7 Aug 2022
Last one of labour market data! This one from LinkUp indexes public job listings and charts them per company against when hiring freeze or layoffs were announced. Big tech aren’t high volume hires in the context of the overall economy but they do have market moving impacts whenever their hire or don’t. Accessible post, worth a look.
Issue #304 published 7 Aug 2022
Another labour market report, this time with US data. Brainfooder Sarah Ali, Senior Economist at Radancy, has promised me a monthly cadence on these, so I hope you find them useful! Particularly interesting of the ‘quit rate by industry’ - an important metric which helps explain the incongruity between talent shortage in one place, and mass lay offs in other. Good report - check it out here
Issue #304 published 7 Aug 2022
I think brainfooder Bas van de Haterd said it best - great data but wow this design 🤣. It’s a bit of an eyesore but the data is undeniably interesting - on UK vacancy and application rates. More companies that have this type of data should pulse it out…
H/T to brainfooder Steve Jacobs for the share in the fb group.
Issue #304 published 7 Aug 2022
Interesting analysis on the selective application of hiring freezes at Facebook and Google. A good example also of the valuable contribution recruitment technology vendors can have in our space outside of core service. HN with long valuable conversation thread also
Issue #304 published 7 Aug 2022
The case of the downturn being felt principally in tech is strengthened by this research from Indeed, where we see a significant slow down of tech job postings, whilst other sectors remain robust. Big tech companies are important bell weathers, but we are over probably indexing on them. Great research, must read.
Issue #303 published 31 Jul 2022
Another year, another economic conundrum - as the US tumbles into technical recession, job vacancy rate remains at a high, and competition of workers is still acute. What exactly is going on? Increasingly, it may be an unofficial, decentralised, acephalous general strike. Organisations will have to get innovative with much greater flexibility in hiring and employment or automate. Have a read. H/T brainfooder Randy Bailey for the share in the fb group
Issue #303 published 31 Jul 2022
In software development - and in many contexts in recruitment & HR - it has become consensus that monolithic thinking does not produce fast or even adequate solutions. So why do we think of the economy that way? Exciting new research of applying network and systems theory to national economies. Accessible read, it’s barely recruitment, but it’s definitely brainfood…
Issue #302 published 24 Jul 2022
Caveat being that what is actually crashing is ‘TC’ or ‘total compensation’ in startup speak. The fact that annual equity grants can form a significant portion of an employees total compensation will seem alien for many outside of tech startup, so this insiders view is a fascinating introduction to the topic, and how variable compensation of this type can be dependent on external factors unrelated to job performance. Loads of jargon here but get past that and you get a glimpse of the candidate / employee psychology.
H/T brainfooder Randy Bailey for the share in the fb group
Issue #302 published 24 Jul 2022
I urge more vendors to produce pulse reports of this type. Workable’s monthly updates have become a must read for industry watchers keen to get ahead of the market by looking at market wide KPI’s. Job openings down, but so too is Time to Fill.
Issue #301 published 17 Jul 2022
One of the reasons why I love the compensation tech category is the production of quality reports like this - verified data collected from 127,000 employees across thousands of companies. Some interesting trends to observe, especially with the prevalence of geo-adjusted pay and the rate of headcount growth per valuation. Essential reading for anyone in tech startup.
Issue #301 published 17 Jul 2022
William Tincup is one of the smartest people in the business, and also one with the most melodious voices for radio. Here he is talking anthropology of recruitment, what Karl Marx has to say about society and where we all go from here. Cool interview with Chris Taylor, have a listen here.
Issue #300 published 10 Jul 2022
Essential report from Indeed on the return of international talent mobility, following nearly two years of pandemic induced lockdown. Candidate shortage will not only be alleviated by moving the jobs to remote workers, but also by moving those workers to the job - even if they are ‘remote’ (relo-to-remote). Must read
Issue #299 published 3 Jul 2022
Visual history of 47 recessions in American history, from stock market crashes, transitions from war to peace, Federal Reserve policy changes and so on. Long but readable post, useful for anyone who wants to place our moment today into historical context.
Issue #298 published 26 Jun 2022
Great Resignation, Great Reallocation, perhaps we can now add ‘Great Revaluation’, as the era of the instant Unicorn comes to a close. VC’s are not the only barometer of economic health but they are an important signal and forcing factor. Second half of 2022 is going to look very different from the first half, and maybe yet another new normal in this unprecedented era of change (last cliché I promise 🤣)
Issue #295 published 5 Jun 2022
Klarna, ClickUp, Lacework, Meta, Salesforce, Coinbase, Tesla, Netflix…the list of tech companies lay offing staff or announcing hiring freezes continues or offer withdrawals continues to accelerate, so much so that what was relevant last week seems dated the next. This post from Protocol just about manages to stay current, though perhaps the best way to keep abreast of tech layoffs is just to keep an eye on the website dedicated to the task. H/T to brainfooder Sajithkumar Swaminathan for the share in the fb group.
Issue #295 published 5 Jun 2022
The growth or de-growth for tech scaleups? This tracker from Trueup gives a snapshot. Remember, joining the community and the job board are two of the must do things to do right now, no matter how confident you feel about your immediate prospects
Issue #294 published 29 May 2022
Use the time to improve process folks, says said veteran Richard Cho, Chief Recruiting Officer at our buddies Gem. We need words of wisdom like this, remember the lessons learned during Lockdown 1 and apply them. H/T to brainfooder Suvasanamayee Viswanatha for the share.
Issue #293 published 22 May 2022
Compensation tech is an emerging category in HR, and I’m all for it especially as it should mean greater access to comp data on aggregate. This short post from Pave shows an increase in monthly churn, as the Great Resignation continues. Though I wonder whether this is now more to do with the Great Reset
Issue #293 published 22 May 2022
These pulse reports are invaluable - can we get all ATS’s to start doing them? Workable have been pumping these out on the regular - H/T to brainfooder Keith Mackenzie - and this consistency allows us to see trends on hiring volume based on vacancies created on-platform. It is what you expect.
Issue #293 published 22 May 2022
Well the post pandemic recovery didn’t last long did it? Grim reading from the IMF, whose World Economic Outlook report outlines the dampening effect of war, economic sanctions, climate change, and ongoing pandemic, which of course is still going on even though we are doing our best to ignore it. It’s a 200 page monster, so hard to digest but one which I suspect we have to download and review. Quick shout out to folks like Lyn Alden, whose investment blog balances technical expertise with lay persons accessibility. Keep an eye on all this stuff, because as recruiters we have to know where the wind is going to be blowing. And many thanks to Mary Kokolina for sharing this, on the LinkedIn post on the topic.
Issue #292 published 15 May 2022
As the world becomes more data centric, skills demand is moving from English to Maths. Pretty clear from these projections that the growth jobs of the next decade are going to be data centric. Food for thought for recruiters looking for their next vertical or indeed wanting to up-skill themselves to be future ready. Despite this being a US government website, it is easy reading.
Issue #291 published 8 May 2022
Brainfooder Jesse Tinsley with a fun game on Twitter, which quickly become a viral thread. Feel free to keep asking Jesse to give you your market rate. Like I said, fun ….and maybe useful.
Issue #286 published 3 Apr 2022
The War in Ukraine - and the consequent excising of the Russia from large parts of the global economy - will have cascade effects throughout industry, especially those dependent on stable energy costs. We have little idea on what these impacts might be, but OP speculates on a few. Not for the faint hearted, but then, I suspect the emergent world won’t be either.
Issue #284 published 20 Mar 2022
4000+ recruitment agents worldwide completed this report on recruiting trends conducted by our buddies at Bulhorn. Some interesting data from the 3rd party supplier side of our industry. Take a look folks here. H/T to brainfooder Maiken Baromich for the share.
Issue #282 published 6 Mar 2022
The flood of VC money into European tech startup is leading to an unsustainable competition of engineering talent. The urgency of this report is somewhat at odds with the data provided by Talent.io earlier in this newsletter, so worth absorbing all the data points and before marrying to your own experience. H/T brainfooder Colin McNicol (again!) for the share in the fb group.
Issue #281 published 27 Feb 2022
Vendors often ask me, Hung what kind of content gets into the brainfood? The answer is stuff like this, proprietary data drawn from user behaviour, which no other author can produce. Talent.io are a tech marketplace that operate in major tech hubs in Europe - here is their report on median salaries for European devs. Must read for European tech recruiters. H/T to brainfooder Denys Dinkevych - who I believe is still in Kyiv - for the share. I hope you are safe my friend.
Issue #281 published 27 Feb 2022
It’s Super Bowl Sunday so what else should we do other than listen to Freakonomics podcast on the economics of the Long Snapper? There is not much sense to it actually, as it’s no doubt a critical yet disrespected role. Fun listen, and brainfood in the sense that value and visibility aren’t always the same thing.
Issue #279 published 13 Feb 2022
Great post from brainfooder Jason Liu, who dives into levels.fyi to pull compensation data for recruiters. Some eye popping figures here, though the sample is likely from the highest, generally tech, payers in the US. Still, with the advert of shift to remote and ‘hire-from-anywhere’ mentality, opportunities for recruiters to up their compensation is right here, right now. H/T to brainfooder Sue Viswanatha for the share.
Issue #279 published 13 Feb 2022
Of course ‘Customs Officer’ is the No1 for the UK - Brexit Britain adding value by adding to the red tape economy 👍
Anyways, this research on fastest growing jobs in 2022 from LinkedIn is pretty interesting, especially as you can generate country reports for the Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the US. Take a look.
Issue #278 published 6 Feb 2022
Some cool data visualisation from our buddies at Revelio Labs, charting the a) salary increase for recruiters, b) headcount for recruiter roles and c) shifting skills in-demand for recruiters. It’s brainfood.
Issue #278 published 6 Feb 2022
This is really cool - it’s brainfooder George LaRocque taking us through Worktech investment in 2021 and what to expect for 2022. Pretty sure there isn’t anyone more on-the-ball in this space that this guy. Have a watch / listen.
Issue #275 published 16 Jan 2022
You don’t have to agree with everything Tyler Cowen says but you have got to recognise him as one of the foremost public intellectuals working today. Fascinating conversation with Spencer Greenberg on the how to think, basically. Must listen.
Issue #275 published 16 Jan 2022
Been hearing a great deal about Ray Dalio’s new book Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail, so I thought I would tune into an interview with him to get the gist, and it turned into a fascinating discussion on macro trends, the relationship between internal & external tension - and the contradictions of having a sovereign currency as simultaneously the global reserve.
Issue #274 published 9 Jan 2022
The LinkedIn Hiring Rate (LHR) is the percentage of LinkedIn members who added a new employer to their profile in the same month the new job began, divided by the total number of LinkedIn members in that country
Is this the most accurate signal we have on whether hiring is actually happening or not? It’s much better than job ad volume. Or anything else I can think of. The December insights report from LinkedIn’s Workforce Insights newsletter is interesting (hiring cooling btw, likely due to Christmas + Omicron), but I include it in here mainly to raise awareness of the LHR measurement - seems like a metric we should all be more familiar with.
Issue #274 published 9 Jan 2022
It is Goldman Sachs talking Global Economics for 2022. How big a problem is aggregate inflation going to be? Will wages be able to keep up? Can Recruiting Brainfood continue to maintain its insane price freeze for sponsors? All questions to be answered; GS do a decent job of covering the high level in a reasonably accessible way. Listen to it here
Issue #273 published 2 Jan 2022
Concise and clear market overview on compensation and benefits data in the UK. Relevant to all UK brainfooders I should imagine. Only 25 minutes, have a listen / watch here
Issue #273 published 2 Jan 2022
Hard to avoid cliche when doing short term prediction posts, but this one from Glassdoor manages to include some unobvious themes to look out for 2022. Particularly resonant for me? ‘Workforce population expanding beyond the company boundary’. We ‘recruiters’ need to expand scope and change our name…
Issue #273 published 2 Jan 2022
I’m in this and falsely set up with a 🌽⭐️ meme, so thanks Joel. Anyways, we talk about European tech and generally all the exciting things that are happening in our space, on this side of the Atlantic. Had fun. Have a listen.
Issue #270 published 12 Dec 2021
Nice bit of research from our friends at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, with year-on-year data on job postings, regional (sadly no surprise to see North East again in last place) and even sectoral segmentation. For UK subscribers, must read.
Issue #269 published 5 Dec 2021
Gergely Orosz is staking a decent claim to be the guru in tech hiring, with regular, insightful posts like this. Whilst the research is pretty much him speaking with engineering managers, the collation here chimes with reality - 2021 has been a year of ad hoc yet significant comp adjustments for the highly skilled in demand. Have a read here. H/T brainfooder Matthew Hill for the share
Issue #268 published 28 Nov 2021
Fascinating graphic purloined from US Census Bureau data on the size of the US working population. Trump+Covid has killed the era of easy immigration. What that means for economies who built their strength on it is uncertain.
Issue #267 published 21 Nov 2021
With US CPI at 6.2%, any wage increase in the past 12 months less than this is a low ball. No surprise that your best bet might be to quit and find uplift in salary as a new hire somewhere else. Local data but a cool sample of what we all know to be true - you get bigger jumps in salary, if you quit.
Issue #266 published 14 Nov 2021
You can adjust these charts by country (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and United States) as well as by sector. HR comes into the top 5 sectors to experience significant increase of job postings - no surprise. Take a look here
Issue #265 published 7 Nov 2021
Shame on me for not knowing that our friends at Radancy produce these cool monthly summaries. Accessible, up-to-date content on things you should know - have a read here.
Issue #264 published 31 Oct 2021
Excellent presentation from Acadian ventures, which synthesises of a number of key work trends that we’ve all borne witness to - shift to remote, candidate shortage, K-shaped recovery. If you needed one, accessible document to summarise where we are at in the world of work, this would not be a bad option. The summary article here, and you can download the pdf here. H/T to brainfooder Bill Boorman for the share in the fb group
Issue #261 published 10 Oct 2021
This post is exactly what the title claims it to be - it’s a comprehensive and accessible report on the games industry - pretty much a must read for any recruiter in the game. H/T to brainfooder Alla Pavlova for the share
Issue #255 published 29 Aug 2021
State-by-state analysis on which ones have the highest salaries for tech jobs. It will be fascinating to see how jobs migrate as distributed working becomes the norm for technology first companies. Will we see more companies adopt Google’s heavily lambasted location adjusted compensation schemes? Of course we will. H/T brainfooder Simon McSorley for the share in the fb group
Issue #254 published 22 Aug 2021
Loving the output from brainfooder Jan Tegze lately, answering industry wide questions via diligent use of common tools. How many recruiters are there in the world (at least the world on LinkedIn)…..about 1 million, it seems. Have a read of the work, here
Issue #252 published 8 Aug 2021
LinkedIn confirms what we all knew already - the market for recruiters is white hot. We also seem to be cannibalising the industry, mainly hiring those who have previous experience of recruitment, circulating talent around rather than growing the large overall pool. What are we going to do about it? - that is the question. H/T brainfooder Manjuri Sinha for sharing
Issue #251 published 1 Aug 2021
Nice data visualisation of the top 100 companies by market cap. By country, US has by far the largest number, followed a distant second by China, then even further back, by everyone else. Division by industry within country is more interesting though - how big of a technology slice do you have? Original research from PwC, downloadable here
Issue #250 published 25 Jul 2021
Hiring optimism tempered by concerns over worker shortages is the bottom line, according to this report from ManPower Group, who surveyed 40,000+ employers worldwide. Read alongside the WEF post in labour market paradox above.
Issue #244 published 13 Jun 2021
Paradox is: employers say they can’t hire, yet millions of people have lost their jobs and should be available. What gives? Accessible summary by the WEF, whose selected luminaries base their theories on International Labour Organization (ILO) analysis. H/T brainfooder Colin Donnery for the share in the fb group
Issue #244 published 13 Jun 2021
More Jabs = More Jobs? Kind of. Any kind of measure which suppresses the pandemic - including high vaccination rates - accelerates economic recovery. Accessible country-by-country breakdown on the OECD projections. Taking a macro economic view is increasingly important for us in TA, especially as our employers we zoom out from local labour landscapes in the era of remote.
Issue #243 published 6 Jun 2021
Some data to back up what we know to be true - urban agglomeration is in reverse, especially the tech hubs we were calling ‘superstar cities’ only 18 months ago. Best location to now build a company? ‘In the cloud’ say the majority of tech CEO’s.
Issue #241 published 23 May 2021
Launch report from the Resolution Foundation and London School of Economics forecasting UK’s next decade. 5 big challenges folks.
  1. Covid-19 aftermath
  2. Brexit
  3. Net Zero Transition
  4. Automation
  5. Ageing population
Can’t be overly pessimistic with any of this but important to know the lay of the land. Outstanding, digestible report, so UK brainfooders - download it here
Issue #241 published 23 May 2021
Everyone loved brainfooder Anh Tran‘s stats summary post from a few weeks ago, so he has gone and done another one. There’s something here for everybody, so have a read.
Issue #239 published 9 May 2021
More than 2,000 global recruitment firms share their insights on the top trends (and challenges) facing the industry this year.
Are recruitment agencies still ‘canaries in the coal mine’ for the economy? If so this interactive website from Bulhorn should be a valuable resource. Check it out here
Issue #237 published 23 Apr 2021
Brainfooder Ross Clennett does a great job of keeping us up-to-date with what’s going on Down Under. Reports of a hiring boom was not false optimism, it seems really to be here. Check out Ross’s well referenced commentary here
Issue #236 published 18 Apr 2021
Comprehensive report on the impact of Covid-19 to the UK job market. Accessible and well presented, this report is particularly good on industry segmentation. H/T brainfooder Dave Jenkins for making this available outside of registration wall - download it here
Issue #232 published 21 Mar 2021
Few organisations are going to have the ability to produce market intelligence like this. LinkedIn have made a useful resource here - explore the job trends and skills emerging as we begin to recover from the pandemic, filtered by country reports. One to bookmark or find again in the larder
Issue #232 published 21 Mar 2021
The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) is an attempt to rank the competitiveness of companies, cities and countries in how they are taking advantage of the changes AI are bringing to the world of work. Seems way too ambitious really but methodology is explained here, report can be downloaded here and the interactive is fun to play with, here. H/T brainfooder Ivan Harrison for the share
Issue #225 published 31 Jan 2021
The annual survey about the latest trends in the JavaScript ecosystem.
As you can expect, it’s a beautifully implemented website, full of rich data on what technologies JavaScript engineers are using. Must read for tech recruiters and anyone who loves a great web experience - have at it, here
Issue #224 published 24 Jan 2021
Nice piece of research from brainfooder Andrew Stetsenko and our buddies at Relocate.me. Germany ranks No1 - likely to a range of factors including job density, country brand and track record of integrating immigrant communities. Useful for European tech recruiters.
Issue #223 published 17 Jan 2021
Definitive list of human resource & job search statistics for 2021: resumes, job interviews, hiring & recruiting in numbers. Great for HR experts and job seekers.
👆 And so it is, for anyone who is writing a post, delivering a presentation or building a business case. Doesn’t go into any QA on the data, but that is probably a good thing for a post of this type. H/T brainfooder Ivan Harrison for the share
Issue #223 published 17 Jan 2021
The call to action from the World Economic Forum to build back better by going in a different direction from mindless profit maximisation of neo-liberal capitalism, baking in social good, green economics and stakeholder capitalism. Tons of resources in this website, which no doubt will continue to be added to. One to bookmark I’d say
Issue #223 published 17 Jan 2021
Outstanding thread on the impact of the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). You can read the full text here (which amusingly and alarmingly makes reference to long defunct technology services like Netscape and Mozilla Mail in what seems to be a case of legal copy pasting), and maybe also follow George Riddell, whose amazingly useful thread this is. Brainfooder Neil Carberry of the Recruitment & Employers Confederation, makes this industry specific observation.
Issue #221 published 3 Jan 2021
The headlines are more outrageous than the body of these predictions, which - whilst being far out - are not surreal. Great reading to kick off the year, especially if you care about macro trends that have cascade effects on the work we do in recruiting & HR. Interactive website here, downloadable PDF here
Issue #221 published 3 Jan 2021
This is the sort of deck which confirms Josh Bersin as the premier commentator of HR transformation in the enterprise. If Mary Meeker did HR, it would basically look like this. This is as much about scope as about accuracy - really is a must read for everyone. Download it here. H/T brainfooder Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #221 published 3 Jan 2021
More data visualisations, this time from the World Bank, telling the story of 2020 in 12 charts, covering everything from the global remittance economy, shift to online education, inequalities in access to the Internet, food insecurity and - of course - massive disparities in access to healthcare
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
This is the post which described the hidden trillion dollar ‘office economy’ which stands to be destroyed if the work from home trend proves persistent. If you ever wanted an explanation as to why your government will soon be urging you to return to the office, this post is it.
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
Atomico & Slush collaboration produces the definitive annual report on the state of European tech. Comprehensive, accessible and beautifully presented piece of research. H/T brainfooder Martyn Redstone for the share in the fb group
Issue #218 published 13 Dec 2020
Are we back? Depends on how well your government has handled the pandemic, which you can correlate to economic outlook in this simple country picker from the OECD, using the latest forecast data up to December 2020.
Issue #217 published 6 Dec 2020
Fascinating analysis on the role of the ‘micro businesses’ in South East Asia, and how economic development is following a unique path according the local conditions of those markets. Lots to learn here, especially as 'micro-entrepreneurship’ (spoiler alert: basically what brainfood is) has been recently touted as a way out of tech unemployment apocalypse. Have a read
Issue #214 published 16 Nov 2020
Big tech winning big in the pandemic era. Not that they needed Covid-19 to do so, but increased pace of tech adoption worldwide as a result of shift to remote was an accelerator even for these guys. Earnings reports from Q3 2020 released from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet  this week. New York Times article is behind a paywall but you’ve seen brainfooder Glenn Gutmacher paywall workaround yeah?
Issue #212 published 2 Nov 2020
IMF’s annual report on the world economic outlook is out. Sub header is: “a long and difficult ascent”. Another must download report for everyone here; even if you don’t read this immediately, you’re going to want to have a copy of this to hand, so get it here
Issue #211 published 26 Oct 2020
Do companies and cities still need each other?
Big question - perhaps currently the biggest question - that we collectively need to answer; do we turn back the clock and again agglomerate towards metropolitan centres, or disperse, decentralise, equalise, with all that that must entail? Must read for folks who want to zoom out and take in the big picture. H/T to brainfooder Chad Sowash for the share in the fb group
Issue #207 published 27 Sep 2020
Have you noticed the general messaging from government, corporate HQ’s, newspapers et al, encouraging not only the return to work but the return to work in the office? Lot of vested interests trying to ensure it happens, as this outstanding report from PwC on UK data reveals. Big implications for those who have to make the decision - essential reading, here
Issue #206 published 20 Sep 2020
What’s the day rate for an experienced tech recruiter? Something we really could do with knowing, so maybe I need to do a survey similar to this one from YunoJuno on the creative marketplace. Accessible data on going freelancer rate for design, front-end, media etc. Must read for anyone hiring for these types of skills
Issue #205 published 13 Sep 2020
On the other hand, maybe just easier if we all just go back to the office and pretend 2020 never happened? Governments worldwide certainly hope so, as they realise that national economies will crater without the ‘office worker support economy’. However, the reversal of urban agglomeration is perhaps long overdue, and if we are serious about ’levelling up’ economic disparity across national regions, perhaps it would be better smooth out the transition as best we can rather than get in the way of it. Full report from MIT, upon which this post was based, free to download here
Issue #204 published 6 Sep 2020
Outstanding report from brainfooder Pawel Adrjan, Head of Research at Indeed EMEA. Massive changes in job seeker behaviour - maybe even a bifurcation of the candidate market - between those casting wider net in the super competitive industries vs those playing defence and holding on to the jobs they currently have. UK data but relevant to everybody, because we’re all in the same boat together.
Issue #200 published 9 Aug 2020
Time to pivot out of recruitment? It is for many of us, so this post is timely and useful in equal measure. Echoing Mark on sourcing vs hacking earlier in this newsletter, it is an exploration of the types of non-recruiter roles a recruiter might want to look into…check it out here.
Issue #199 published 2 Aug 2020
Great piece of research by Aussie Rec2Rec firm Spencer Lane on the billings of agency recruiters in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during the Covid-19 pandemic. Be very cool to try and replicate this survey across globe….might be a something brainfood can co-ordinate. H/T to brainfooder Liz van Zyl for the share. 
Issue #196 published 12 Jul 2020
Volatility - as Mark Dorman explained in this week’s Brainfood Live - is the only consistent characteristic of our future. These monthly projections from IMF on the state of the global economy are an essential resource in such circumstances. H/T Colin McNicol for the share in the fb group.
Issue #194 published 28 Jun 2020
NFX surveyed 286 Founders and 114 VCs to capture sentiment data during the COVID-19 crisis. No surprise that founders are more optimistic than VC’s. Lots of interesting in this report, so have at it here. Download the PDF here
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
Some stories are so well told that you don’t mind if they take the long route to get to the point. A tragic, personal story to illustrate what must have been a remarkable presentation. It’s about the nature of risk and, if you only read one thing in brainfood this week, read this.
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
Amazing thread on another landscape altering effect of Covid-19: the de facto elimination of international students - a demographic which bankrolls higher education institutions throughout the Western world - and the economies of the towns where those institutions are based. Also: this is how to write a twitter thread.
Issue #189 published 24 May 2020
Exceptional essay, referencing 3 of the smartest economists currently in the game - Mariana Mazzucato, Carlota Perez and Stephanie Kelton. As we all had to study up on epidemiology on the outbreak of Covid-19, so we need all need to up our game on economics as we begin the exit of phase 1, of wave 1. Must read folks
Issue #188 published 17 May 2020
Not as prolific as he once was, this deck from Dr John Sullivan marks a rare appearance in 2020. Get past the rather extraordinary slide design and there is a ton of insight for us here. H/T brainfooder Ivan Harrison for the share
Issue #187 published 10 May 2020
Super interesting report from GWI, comparing US vs UK employer behaviour in response to Covid-19. Main headline? US companies letting more workers go per capita. Must read
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Superb slide deck from brainfooder Steph Smith - who, if she is reading this - needs to share with me a link to her talk on the subject. Presentation is good enough as it is though - macro-economic trends and they impact all of us.
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
With the news that US unemployment claims are hitting levels not seen since the 1930’s, it comes as no surprise that we are validating that data with our own aggregators. Some decent work again here from our buddies at Ongig. H/T to brainfooder Gordon Dent for the share
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
Hard to disagree with this conclusion from brainfooder Gonz Sanchez that the market will flip from seller to buyer in the post Covid-19. What does that world look like for recruiters when there are too many candidates, chasing too few jobs? H/T Guillaume Alexandre for the share
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report is perhaps the most anticipated slide deck in the tech business world. So when her venture capital firm, Bond, sends a 28-page report to its investors, you’re going to want to read it. Full report here at Axios
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
Our buddies at Visual Capitalist have been one of the pioneering storytellers of era of snack-able content. Here they produce 8 charts which tells the story of the world. It’s a must read, if reading is what we can still call it….
Issue #107 published 23 Apr 2020
Nik Dawson with a call to avoid oversimplifying the projections on the impact of AI / Automation on the future of work. Accessible essay summarising James Bessen’s theory on nature of demand.
Issue #113 published 23 Apr 2020
Technology to be the engine of jobs growth, according to this report from LinkedIn. No surprises where the bulk of this new work is going to be: AI Engineering / Data Science / Machine Learning. Accessible report, well worth a look. 
Issue #61 published 23 Apr 2020
Outstanding brainfood on the relationship between apps vs platform. Which comes first, and what phase are we currently in? Counter intuitive essay from Union Square Ventures analysts Dani Grant and Nick Grant. Must read for anyone who wants to lift their head up and see the big picture.
Issue #105 published 23 Apr 2020
The relationship between employment and wages has changed across the Western world. We are doing more but less valuable, work it seems. Excellent cross country comparison with easy-to-use infographic
Issue #54 published 23 Apr 2020
Transcription of a brilliant speech by Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England. Wider in scope than just recruitment, but relevant to everyone who cares about regional income inequality, job distribution and whether abstraction is really needed when we already have enough data to report the reality on the ground. Easier read than it sounds - trust me, it’s worth it.
Issue #136 published 23 Apr 2020
Job board aggregators are the canaries in the coal mine for the economy. Steep falls recorded by Adzuna across all sectors; with gig and p/t work increase by 22.1% as employers look for flexibility and emergency workers in times of crisis. H/T brainfooder and Adzuna CEO Doug Monro for the share in the fb group
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Broader trends: software companies ascendant, Microsoft returns to top place, Chinese companies suffer from the trade war, dominance of the US companies, persistent. Check it out, here
Issue #156 published 23 Apr 2020
Microsoft have been threatening to enter the HR Tech space for some time now, but things have been slow since the LinkedIn link up in 2017. No less a figure than Josh Bersin thinks the moment is now, with the release of Dynamics 365 Human Resources. Worth a read here, especially those folks in the enterprise scale businesses.
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
McKinsey Global Institute analysed 6000 of the world’s largest companies with annual revenue of over $1BN and present their findings in this paper. tl:dr: power law applies (which means only 20% of you will download the paper...)
Issue #109 published 23 Apr 2020
Earn A Living
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Stunning interactive documentary series about our changing relationship to work and money. Interesting for its topic area and storytelling style. In only watched the piece on Bitnation, but there are others on UBI, social organisation and the rest. Have a watch / play here
Issue #145 published 23 Apr 2020
Each industry has a career arc, but not all industries are created equally. Which ones are the worst and why? Stunningly presented research from Zippia, especially if you care about when your career is about to peak. H/T ‘foodie Denis Dinkevich for the share.
Issue #137 published 23 Apr 2020
Amazon Web Services has become one of the most important units in the Bezos empire, with a stonking 47% share of the cloud services market. Which is a good excuse to include this amazing animated choropleth of where AWS puts it’s servers. Trust me: you like this
Issue #135 published 23 Apr 2020
Booking, Entertainment & Live Events, Airlines, Casino’s and Hotels - are the BEACH stocks. On theme visual on the companies who are suffering most directly from the impact of lockdown.
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
The radical skewing of the economy can be seen in sorts of jobs which are in demand right now. LinkedIn have published a summary from the vacancy publications, whilst our friends at Adzuna have published this excellent tracker of search terms on their site.
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
Walmart employs 1.5 million people across the country - and the retail behemoth is now the largest private employer in 22 states. I have a theory that Amazon’s massive drive to hire (despite it’s simultaneous job killing automation efforts) is a Bezos masterplan to socially embed the company in the same way. Regardless, it’s a cool infographic

Issue #60 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s not secret that VC funding - to the tune of $254 billion - is a major motive force for the HR / Recruitment tech industry. Things are a-changing in 2019, as this accessible report from our buddies at Toptal show.
Issue #141 published 23 Apr 2020
With the hype around AI and Blockchain, it feels like we’ve forgotten a little about 3D (and now 4D) printing in 2017. It has the potential to be as significant a trend as the other two and maybe even more proximate. This is an accessible and comprehensive overview from ING - must read for anyone interested in manufacturing, logistics, retail / e-tail and trade. 
Issue #55 published 23 Apr 2020
Stunning video on the changes of at the top of global brands in the past two decades. The rise of tech the last decade has been as astonishing as the relative decline of companies like Coca-Cola. Here’s the 60 sec gif version for the impatient.
Issue #126 published 23 Apr 2020
As we bed down to the new normal we must begin to look at what the post-Covid economy might look like. Excellent slide deck from researchers from London School of Economics, which shows us a postcard from a possible future. Entire deck is interesting but the essential bits on economic impact are from page 27 onwards.
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
Models of the ’shape’ of economic recovery might just be missing the most obvious one - the letter ‘I’ - symbolising that there won’t be a recovery. Sobering US unemployment data stunning illustrated by this dramatisation. It might’ve been preventable but it turns out paying people for not working is ideologically hard thing to do. Buckle up indeed.
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
150 years of U.S. employment history by industry. A fascinating chart from Visual Capitalist and a reminder of the truism that the only constant is change.
Issue #139 published 23 Apr 2020
Candidates being charged to interview, fake job adverts, fake jobs, to recruitment agencies charged with staffing companies who have fake jobs, this is an astonishing dive into a system corrupted by imbalance in supply and demand. Sadly, a lot of it will be familiar to folks who’ve worked in recruiting businesses, anywhere in the world. It’s an incredible read and a worrying augury of a future we might all soon have to face. 
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating thesis on labour market mobility, and only obviously when you think about it. As more couples need two income streams to put a roof over their heads, both of them will then need a job offer in order for them to move. Additional thing to factor in when recruiting folks who need to relocate. Easy and valuable read
Issue #169 published 23 Apr 2020
Mckinsey & Co at their best with this report - comprehensive and accessible with some useful models to help us scenario plan for the post-Covid world. Must read report - but as ever, remember that all models are wrong but some may be useful
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
As geo-industrial clusters form, they also affect labor flow by attracting the workers with pertinent skills, creating a strong concentration of skills and knowledge locally. 
Fascinating research on the agglomeration effect, using Linkedin’s data on job transitions to map labour flow. Confirms what we know though - there’s a gravitational effect to network value. Quite technical but well worth a dip into. H/T ‘foodie Theo Smith for the share.
Issue #147 published 23 Apr 2020
Second order effects are often greater in significance that the first order; the collapse of the global stock market will reshape the economy in the post-Covid19 world. For those who want to peak into what that future might look like, this chart from VisualCapitalist is as good a guide as any
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Rare essay from brainfood Matt Charney, but it’s worth a wait - a well researched analysis of the tech hiring crisis. The advice?employers need to be remote friendly, diversify sources and train up entry level talent. Have a read here.
Issue #163 published 23 Apr 2020
Dan Luu is a rare bird. A developer who writes infrequent but hugely entertaining posts on the state of the tech economy. Here he’s asking a question on developer comp and why it’s so high. NB: my view: because there’s a lot of internet. H/T brainfooder Matt Bradburn for the share
Issue #70 published 23 Apr 2020