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82 items in ECONOMY

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
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