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104 items in RESEARCH

350 firms surveyed by our buddies Firstbird on the ‘state of employee referrals’. Did you know that the median referral fee is a super stingy €500-€1000 for successful hire? Really needs to be 5 x or even 10 x more. Accessible reading
Issue #260 published 3 Oct 2021
Useful pulse survey from Deloitte, who surveyed US CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies on their views on the ‘state of the organisation’. Presented in a easy-to-read one pager - and very interesting to compare against TA / HR priorities. Download it here
Issue #258 published 19 Sep 2021
One of the annual reports that you simply have to read, it’s the Stack Overflow Developer Survey - 80,000 developers on how they learn and level up, which tools they’re using, and what they want. H/T brainfooder Denys Dinkevych for the share
Issue #252 published 8 Aug 2021
Interesting research in Leadership Hiring, especially on the volume of leadership hires vs how you do it (i.e internal team, exec search). H/T to brainfooder Emma Mirrington for opening this up outside the membership tier for the FIRM.
Issue #251 published 1 Aug 2021
Are recruitment agencies commissions increasing? They should be if employers continue to report labour shortages; excellent report conducted by brainfooder Ez Kahn and his team at Spencer Lane. Aussie data - be cool to see recruiters from other territories do similar.
Issue #249 published 18 Jul 2021
BCG survey and report from global sample of professionals in people management. Seems that we are not too confident in our digitisation / automation strategy, amongst other interesting insights. Download the report here
Issue #249 published 18 Jul 2021
As there are no end of reports suggesting the ‘turnover tsunami’, it might make sense to have a review of this mega list of employee turnover statistics. H/T Alexandru Gotoi for the share in the fb group
Issue #249 published 18 Jul 2021
Fascinating research by brainfooder Jan Tegze, using publicly available LinkedIn data to surface up some interesting insights - the degree of market penetration of LinkedIn per country and the interest in remote working opportunities as declared by those LinkedIn users.
Issue #246 published 27 Jun 2021
‘Maintaining organisational culture’ - the top priority for CHRO’s according to this pulse survey by PwC. There are other interesting tidbits in this interactive report on what our leadership tier think are the top priorities. Could also be read as a guiding framework for the work that needs to be done. HR folks - must read
Issue #241 published 23 May 2021
Astonishing essay of the apparent stagnation of software engineering salaries in Europe, despite massive increases at the senior exec level for the same companies. The reason says OP (an Engineering Manager at one of those companies) is that the market is ‘trimodal’. Obviously relevant for any tech recruiter in Europe, but I suspect would be of interest to recruiters everywhere who now need to think about setting compensation in a location agnostic world.
Issue #235 published 11 Apr 2021
Two excellent reports from Europe to show you this week. First up, Tech Careers Report from Landing Jobs on state of tech careers in Portugal, and this beautifully executed interactive report from Offerzen on the state of developer sentiment in the Netherlands. Obviously relevant if you’re hiring tech in those locations but interesting reading for anyone hiring for tech, as most of the trends are metaphorically travel.
Issue #232 published 21 Mar 2021
It’s another classic annual - Hootsuite’s 2021 is out and its going to tell you all you need to know about how people and companies are using social media. Really too massive to summarise - you just have got to download it here. A must for any recruitment marketer or student of trends of human behaviour.
Issue #232 published 21 Mar 2021
One of the classic annuals, this report by talent marketplace Hired has pretty much been the benchmark report, especially on salary given the companies access to employment contract data. tl:dr is ‘demand remains robust for more or less the same skills’ Must read obviously for any tech recruiter - download here. H/T to brainfooder Denys Dinkevych for the share
Issue #230 published 7 Mar 2021
The Firm was one of the first and maybe still is the professional network for in-house recruitment managers. The annual members report is one of the essential ones to read. UK data but I think of interest to everyone working in house. Have a read here. H/T to brainfooder and Firm MD, Emma Mirrington for the share
Issue #219 published 20 Dec 2020
Beautifully presented interactive infographic on the ‘state of the developer ecosystem by JetBrain. 20,000 is a a decent cohort but regional variance on programming language use is not captured, which would provide a massive skew on the data. Still, this represents a delightful one pager where tech recruiters can quickly grasp the popularity of the skills they have been tasked to recruit. H/T to Denys Dinkevych for the share
Issue #213 published 9 Nov 2020
What did 500 HR managers say about their Covid-19 response? Our friends at Personio conducted the survey and now provide the report. Main insight: digitised HR = strategically positioned HR. H/T brainfooder Ben Kiziltug for the share.
Issue #198 published 26 Jul 2020
Stack Overflow produce perhaps the most important report on developer marketplace. Their annual report is a must read for anyone hiring or planning to hire for Software engineers. Also looks fantastic in dark mode.
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
More than 2,000 global recruitment professionals weighed in on factors that will impact their agencies in 2019. See what UK and Irish recruiters think here. H/T to brainfooder Stanislaw Wasowicz for the share
Issue #158 published 23 Apr 2020
In depth research on job satisfaction of PM’s. Particularly like the segmentation into industry category, company size and alignment with other functions in business. Someone should do one for recruiters. Might be a brainfood project. H/T Denis Dinkevich for the share
Issue #159 published 23 Apr 2020
Extremely interesting research from TalentWorks, a candidate side job application optimisation service. Timing, terminology and identity seem to be the key factors in boosting your job search. Bad news for the over 35’s also - 8% drop in hire-ability, YoY. 
Issue #66 published 23 Apr 2020
Our buddies at HackerRank do one of the best annual reports for tech skills. Insights from 116,648 developers from 162 countries, in one beautifully presented, interactive website. Must read for anybody hiring for software developers
Issue #174 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting experiment from our buddies at Good&Co comparing the personality traits between Recruiters (mainly In-house) vs Data Scientists. Can we learn something from each other? Probably. Have a read of the post here
Issue #112 published 23 Apr 2020
Glassdoor’s 2019 report is out - the best places to work in 2019, according to employee reviews. Not 100% clear on the methodology on ranking, so take a deeper dive and take a look for yourself - have a review.
Issue #113 published 23 Apr 2020
Our buddies at Atomico produce the definitive report on ‘The State of European Tech’. Superbly presented interactive on investment, talent acquisition, diversity & inclusion and the rest. Must read for any one involved in hiring for tech in Europe. Full report here
Issue #113 published 23 Apr 2020
Brainfooder George LaRocque is building a fine reputation of being the industry analyst on the HR Tech investment landscape. Excellent summary of Q2, with bonus podcast and some nifty interactive charts.
Issue #93 published 23 Apr 2020
More cool research from PwC - this time survey findings from HR folks who’ve spent money on HR tech - was it worth the money folks? Answers here. Also if relevant if you are shopping for tech - see the TTR event below.
Issue #176 published 23 Apr 2020
Hacker News runs an kind of informal job board. Here’s a pull of the data for July - no surprises on what everyone tech startup is hiring for. 
Issue #43 published 23 Apr 2020
This is cool from our buddies at Textio. Communication cliches in US job ads, state by state. We obviously need to have one of these for every country. 
Issue #43 published 23 Apr 2020
Genius, rockstar, guru, wizard, ninjas….are these terms still around in job descriptions? They are according to this primary research from Indeed, at least, in places like Idaho. Fun bit of research. Thanks to brainfooder Tris Revill for the share
Issue #62 published 23 Apr 2020
When you swap out your ATS, what do you swap it out for? It’s a question that Rob Kelly and our buddies at Ongig decided to try and answer with this piece of research. Not sure how useful it might be but it is definitely interesting reading. Critics of the methodology please take it up with Rob
Issue #151 published 23 Apr 2020
Quiz question: What do YouPorn, PornHub and Xhamster have in common? They all more popular than LinkedIn. We must know by now that we recruiters / HR folks live in our bubble, but this visualisation from Visual Capitalist is a cool way to underline the point.
Issue #151 published 23 Apr 2020
Technology driven unemployment is a coming reality. The arguments made today by the demagogues of the right have proven to be effective campaign slogans - what happens when they cannot be delivered?
Issue #6 published 23 Apr 2020
There’s been a lot of great material on the discipline of product management, reflective of the growing importance of the function. This 2019 report on PM leadership by Pendo is accessible addition to the genre. H/T the ever resourceful Denis Dinkevich for the share
Issue #124 published 23 Apr 2020
Important countervailing research from George LaRoque on the behaviour of job seekers. Google isn’t the first stop, it’s actually Indeed. US data only but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t the case generally across the English speaking world. Have a look at the research here
Issue #121 published 23 Apr 2020
4 big trends are: workplace flexibility, pay transparency, more soft vs hard skills and …a decent anti-harassment policy. It’s LinkedIn’s annual global talent trends report for 2019 - have a read and download it here
Issue #121 published 23 Apr 2020
Intriguing findings in Hackerrank’s 2019 Developer skills report. Not only a massive dataset (60K+) but also superbly presented in an interactive website - check it out here and if you prefer, download the report in pdf here
Issue #121 published 23 Apr 2020
A story we all know - the future of work will radically different from the experience most of us currently have. Portfolio careers is the default near future for those of us who still have work of any sort to do. 
Issue #10 published 23 Apr 2020
Great to see some recruiting tech providers in the small business category. Lesson for us all here - you have to care about both the rhetoric and the reality. 
Issue #10 published 23 Apr 2020
Massive piece of research on the European Talent Landscape by Balderton Capital. If you haven’t seen this report already, well you really should. Click on the link above or download the pdf. 
Issue #10 published 23 Apr 2020
How much should you be paying for a job advert? It’s a question our buddies at ClickIQ have been asking and answering every month with outstanding sector-by-sector analysis. This month, it’s public sector healthcare. Make sure to read to the end, for the recommendations on budget.
Issue #118 published 23 Apr 2020
Do standard hiring metrics like ‘time-to-fill’ and 'time-to-hire’ vary across locations? I asked our buddies at Workable for the data and from their global aggregates, it seems that it does. If you are recruiting for multi-locations, you should probably read this.
Issue #118 published 23 Apr 2020
If you’re a startup founder in rec/HR tech, you really should follow George LaRoque - he’s the leading funding analyst in HR Tech. Here he is with his look-back for 2018 - all of the year’s deals broken down in an excellent interactive slide deck.
Issue #118 published 23 Apr 2020
 The How to Hire In Country Guides project has led to a lot of super interesting conversations on immigration, demographic change and how employers are evolving their TA acquisition approach to stay ahead of the curve. This report from Oxford Economics looks at company strategy through this globally diverse lens. H/T to ‘foodie Matt Best for the share.
Issue #132 published 23 Apr 2020
This is fun. An analysis of the max earning potential of a software engineer. Lesson: it’s like elite sports - only a small upper echelon earn like celebrities. 
Issue #23 published 23 Apr 2020
Are we tired for values and culture yet? It seems we’ve hit peak employer branding, as this latest research suggests that employees do not apply much less identify with their company’s stated values. 
Issue #4 published 23 Apr 2020
Based on sales / renewal data. Would have been great to see absolute market share but perhaps we can cross reference with stuff that Ongig have done in the past. Worth a look folks
Issue #30 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s hard to underestimate the scale of Github. As an open source, cross company, collaborative space, there are so many lessons to learn from this community of (31MM!) software engineers. Superb interactive report from Octoverse brings it all to life - enjoy. H/T brainfooder Guillaume Lhote for the share.
Issue #109 published 23 Apr 2020
Great piece of research from our buddies at Relocate.me - outlining the differences between the industry standard vs industry leading relocation packages. How does your company measure u? See for yourself here.
Issue #109 published 23 Apr 2020
LinkedIn Talent Solutions latest report on the most recruited jobs on the platform. Technical Recruiter, Recruiting Co-ordinator and HRBP are the 3 in the people segment. Blog post here, and read / download the full report here 
Issue #109 published 23 Apr 2020
How do student developers learn to code? What technical skills do they have? And what do they look for in a potential employer? Questions asked to over 10,000 developers by our buddies at HackerRank. Must read for any tech recruiter with a concern for emerging talent. 
Issue #114 published 23 Apr 2020
No likes to commute, and business who have locations in transit hubs have the upper hand for in-demand talent according to this research from NPR. Hiring managers have long defaulted to this (correct?) presumption. We’re close to a tipping point I think where worker demand for ‘no commute’ will force remote first for those companies who can’t afford central locations for office space.
Issue #114 published 23 Apr 2020
Vacancy volume can mean either growth or churn or both. I suspect the latter to be the case in many of the roles expected to ‘grow’ in LinkedIn’s 2018 Emerging Jobs report. Some interesting reading here, though we need to be wary of ’low base effect’ for some of the more eye catching figures presented. More interpretation and analysis from brainfooder Lars Schmidt here.
Issue #114 published 23 Apr 2020
George LaRoque has established himself as the preeminent analyst in the HR / Recruiting tech investment space. Here’s his trends report for 2019 - must read for all the vendors (around 10% of the brainfood audience…) here. Read the post here and download the full report, for free, here.
Issue #111 published 23 Apr 2020
Our buddies at ClickIQ have been running a sector-by-sector breakdown on the benchmark recruitment advertising stats you have to know. Check out previous posts on Retail and Graduate markets. This time it’s the turn of the Hospitality - needless to say, it’s a must read for recruiters in this sector.
Issue #111 published 23 Apr 2020
JavaScript rules the web, so it’s a pretty good idea to find out what the folks who work with it every day are thinking about the state of the language. It helps that it’s wonderfully presented in this interactive web app. Lots of reasons to click on this so please do so and enjoy
Issue #111 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb piece of research from Ben Frederickson who presents a fascinating look at the geographical distribution of software developers across the world, at least those who have accounts on Github. Clustering in metropolitan centres is the clear pattern, with obvious implications for hiring.
Issue #162 published 23 Apr 2020
We’ve all been ‘in the zone’. Now new research from Kellog Insight suggests that bursts of brilliance do indeed happen for almost everyone and they often occur in closer proximity than would be normally predicted by statistical models. Read the summary here, and watch 'hot streak’ effect video here. We got to learn this stuff.
Issue #98 published 23 Apr 2020
Big players are dominant in the Enterprise, testament to the switching costs of large scale software deployments and the requirement to reduce spot solutions in enterprise environments. Check out the Ongig report here. PS: the debate on this survey happening in the fb group is worth reviewing also
Issue #145 published 23 Apr 2020
Recent conversations with luminaries in the recruiting industry had led me to believe that no one has a clue on what happens in recruiting in China. Serendipitous then that ‘foodie Beecher Ashley-Brown sent me his research last week - it’s an inkling on what happens in the second largest economy on the planet.
Issue #123 published 23 Apr 2020
Love this type of research from our buddies at StackOverflow. Let me guess - not many folks using VBA in the evenings?
Issue #28 published 23 Apr 2020
This is how to do a report; data, insight, UX, no email reg wall. Atomico deserve all the kudos for investing in producing this resource - to use VC language, it’s ‘10 X’ return on the marketing spend. Have a read here, and download the pdf here.
Issue #164 published 23 Apr 2020
Super piece of research from our buddies at MindMatch on how long American’s stay in their jobs. Breakdown per city, per role, per industry - and some international comparison for good measure. Thanks for Sohraab Joshi for putting the report together and bringing it to my view. 
Issue #89 published 23 Apr 2020
You have to wonder where recruiting and HR would place on these charts had we on the survey? Predictably nurses come out on top, and politicians come out close to the bottom. Check out the report here
Issue #165 published 23 Apr 2020
What types of jobs will be lost to automation? This data visualization applies probabilities from a well-cited study to current U.S. job numbers. More great stuff from Visual Capitalist
Issue #38 published 23 Apr 2020
Indeed.com, despite their challenge continue to come out with outstanding data driven content. Timing matters folks, especially if you want to get your ads seen. H/T to recruitingbrainfood.com subscriber Tris Revill for the share
Issue #38 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting research from Wall Street Journal on the distribution of workers in small to large companies. Market concentration seems to be the main factor
Issue #27 published 23 Apr 2020
Great visualisation to compare the codebases of well known services most of us are familiar with. 
Issue #34 published 23 Apr 2020
The talent shortage for software engineering skills has led many people to try and estimate the total addressable market. Github says 20 million, a conservative estimate, says this post. What do we think?

Issue #34 published 23 Apr 2020
Hiring for a Data Scientist? Of course you are. But do you really know what it is they do? Some interesting analysis here on textual data taken from Data Science job adverts. Worth a read. 
Issue #9 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb piece of analysis by Max Woolf, who takes Stackoverflow’s annual survey data on developers self-rating and maps it against years of experience, average age, salary, site visits, github commit history and current employment. It’s interesting as shit. 
Issue #9 published 23 Apr 2020
Do you even network? Most of us in the recruitment business understand how important this is. But your lifestyle can often determine how effective you can be. Night owls beat early birds according to this fascinating research from Aalto University. Download the full paper here for a deeper dive
Issue #99 published 23 Apr 2020
Some interesting research here from our buddies at Relocate.me. Insight from 20,000 developer job search queries on their site, on how developers search for jobs. 
Issue #45 published 23 Apr 2020
And, as it happens, in the past five years, software engineer jobs and other related tech roles have dispersed beyond the hubs of Silicon Valley. Interesting research from Glassdoor. US data. 
Issue #44 published 23 Apr 2020
First Round is consistently one of the best content engines for people in the people business. This annual report on what it’s like to run a technology startup is further evidence to support that claim: it is comprehensive, accessible brainfood. The sample is tech startup but really it is a must read for anyone who cares about workplace culture, org design, recruiting and retention. Have a read here
Issue #167 published 23 Apr 2020
JavaScript remains the dominant programming language of choice for the web today, so it makes sense for us recruiters to have an overview of what is going on the JS landscape. It’s also a thing of spectacular beauty, so enjoy it here folks
Issue #167 published 23 Apr 2020
Indeed economist Mariano Mamertino analyzes millions of job searches and provides connections between migration and economic outcomes. Excellent primary research. Better blogging platform need though guys.
Issue #19 published 23 Apr 2020
Our buddies at Beamery are coming up with some great content lately - on the way to becoming a vendor blog recruiters should actually read. This piece is a good overview of the quality of hire metrics. 
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
Hacker News runs a sort of unofficial job board, where Y combinator alumni companies can post engineering jobs once per month. Here’s an analysis of the tech trends most in-demand. 
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
Dozens of studies have shown that the choices we make over what we eat, how we save, and even how we vote can be affected by how those choices are presented: their ‘choice architecture’. Some excellent research here from OH subscriber Kate Glazebrook and her team at Applied. 
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb interactive from Visual Capitalist. This sort of presentation of data is essential to demystifying a topic which should be more accessible. Have a play and bookmark. 
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
Great breakdown from the worldview of the world’s largest professional network. Technical, white collar skills dominate the rankings - interesting findings, but more evidence as to how narrow even LinkedIn is in encompassing the sum of human work. 
Issue #3 published 23 Apr 2020
Covering by internal and external factors to consider for 2020, from the prioritisation of culture & values, to looming threat of recession, this is an accessible report from Glassdoor. Download and review. H/T brainfooder John Rose for the share in the fb group.
Issue #170 published 23 Apr 2020
We know the answer to this question without needing to dive too deep into the McKinsey & Co research here. Yet the value of skills which are resistant to automation should be set at a premium. Perhaps we should start by re-labelling, an argument promoted by Josh Bersin amongst others?
Issue #170 published 23 Apr 2020
Levels .fyi have been doing some great work in promoting pay transparency in companies which hire for tech. This is their end of year (2019) report from last year - worth a read for anyone who is hiring software engineers in the US, and / or hiring globally whilst competing against US employers.
Issue #170 published 23 Apr 2020
Pulling together information from multiple sources, this is a great article on the best places to live if you’re a software developer. It’s not just about salary, but about the cost of the burgers.
Issue #18 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent bit of primary research from Hired.com, perhaps the only company in the world who has access to this type of salary data. Very interesting to see ethnicity / age segmentation. Shame about the lack of gender data - perhaps something they should collect for next time. 
Issue #18 published 23 Apr 2020
Responses from over 6,000+ developers on their thoughts on programming languages, frameworks, and tools of choice. Cheers to our buddies at JetBrains for this research and excellent presentation. 
Issue #88 published 23 Apr 2020
Lynne Tye not only built this promising job discovery service, but also analysed the data on what developers on Hacker News most value in a job. Broadly aligns with our 24K+ data sample on WorkShape.io Living Infographic. H/T brainfooder Tris Revill for this share.
Issue #55 published 23 Apr 2020
Job titles are perhaps the most commonly Nice piece of research here from StackOverflow. 
Issue #13 published 23 Apr 2020
Nice teaser post from Gartner, with a positive view of HCM tech, plotted on the Hype Cycle chart, which, btw, is beautifully rendered in this post. H/T brainfooder Jon Bowker for the share.
Issue #161 published 23 Apr 2020
100,000 workers from 47 countries were surveyed asking them to rate the accuracy of the statement, ‘My job is useful to society’. Here’s the deal: there’s a dissonance between work & values, with implications for the measures we may use to shore up employment in the face of workforce automation. 
Issue #78 published 23 Apr 2020
Massive list compiled by FT and Statista of the fastest growing companies in Europe. Great to see many familiar names from the brainfooder community represented here. Useful piece of research here - H/T to Annie Jackson for the share
Issue #78 published 23 Apr 2020
What are the booming jobs for 2019 - and how much do you need to pay for them? Payscale have some research on this - here are their findings. H/T to Denis Dinkevich, starting 2019 where he left off in 2018, by sharing brainfoodable content. As I’ve said before, follow Denis
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
Creativity is the No1 skill companies need according to a survey conducted by LinkedIn. The other ‘soft’ skills are Persuasion, Collaboration, Adaptability and Time Management. There’s a long list of 'hard skills’ most in demand. Interesting to ponder - what skills do we need to get better at in 2019?
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s 2020 and guess what? Yello’s amazing content production engine doesn’t miss a beat. Obviously have a read of this salary report (especially US based TA) but we should get a little inspiration on the rest of the material on Yello’s blog / resources pages - it’s an example of how vendors can provide massive value back to the community, and making friends whilst doing it.
Issue #169 published 23 Apr 2020
Great review post of the industry from LinkedIn - worth a look through to see the big landmarks of last year. Great to see our buddies Tengai feature - robot interviewing heads, for the win - as well Lars Schmidt with his excellent podcast, 21st Century HR
Issue #169 published 23 Apr 2020
More from Lever, as this research shows the entropy of complex systems on the pace of hiring. Can anyone be surprised that the bigger you get, the slower you are? Well presented and well argued case from a corporate blog that is fast becoming one of the best. 
Issue #15 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s open season on sacred cows as Didier Elzinga of Culture Amp takes aim and fires at the idea the people leave companies because of bad management. Some Culture Amp survey data to back up the claim. Check it out folks. 
Issue #8 published 23 Apr 2020
The ‘Google Manifesto’ and subsequent backlash has brought the topic of diversity to the forefront of the tech world. Here is a top level diversity data by company 
Issue #46 published 23 Apr 2020
More superb analysis from our buddies at StackOverflow, on the rise of Python programming language. Basically, it’s because of it’s ubiquity in Machine Learning and Data Science. Coincidentally, Python 3.7 was also released last week
Issue #50 published 23 Apr 2020
In case the missed the link in the intro. The most important slide deck every year is by Mary Meeker, Partner now at Bond Cap. It’s 334 slide monster and you need to read every slide. Here it is. And if you find the website a little bit fiddly to use. here is the pdf for easy download
Issue #140 published 23 Apr 2020
Turns out, it’s all about the money folks. Interesting survey which tracks reports of happiness and life satisfaction mapped to average national income. From this data, it’s obvious we need trade. It just also needs to come with a fairer means of equitably distributing the wealth that comes from it. 
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
The McKinsey Global Institute examines all the ways people are earning income, as well as the challenges independent work presents. It touches on but fails to name, the two types of ‘gig worker’ - the privileged and the precarious. 
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
Statistics for remote developer jobs, as collated by Remote OK. We’re going to have to embrace a distributed workforce folks. It’s the role of Talent Acquisition to prepare their employers for it. 
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020