Recruiting top talent can be a difficult endeavor for many companies. Talent acquisition professionals should work to understand what a company’s ideal candidates really want and provide that information to hiring managers and other decision-makers involved in creating new positions or updating old ones. This can help address the skills gap, which demands that employers give candidates real incentives to work for them instead of other companies.
Millions of great candidates are interested in flexible work or part-time options. Even workers whose skills are in the highest demand are often looking for options that are more conducive to work-life balance than traditional and full-time work. The sectors with the strongest interest in part-time work include the STEM fields, and women tend to be more interested in part-time work than men. This means recruiters could address skills gap and diversity issues by offering part-time positions.
Data from the Indeed Hiring Lab shows which demographics of people are most interested in part-time work. The information can help recruiters make recommendations to hiring managers and others that can help bring in qualified and desirable talent.
Who Wants Part-Time Work?
Indeed found computer and mathematics workers are very interested in working on a part-time basis. This could help companies recruit the STEM talent they need even in the midst of a skills gap in the job market for these candidates. People in the transportation and material moving industry have the strongest interest in part-time positions, as do those in business and financial operations.
When Indeed organized its data by gender, it found 63 percent of people looking for part-time work are women. This interest intensified among women ages 19 to 32, and continued to be higher than men’s throughout the course of women’s careers. Recent research from the Pew Research Center shows a significant number of Americans believe children benefit from their mothers working part time during their early years, which could have some impact on women’s interest in part-time positions. No matter what the cause, however, offering more part-time work could be a way for companies to increase their diversity and hire more women. Job seekers who are women in STEM fields are often a target of increased recruitment efforts, and the data suggests they may be more amenable to job offers that come with the promise of flexible or reduced hours.
Recruiters need a competitive edge in the current job market. By forging relationships with candidates throughout the recruitment process, talent acquisition professionals can learn about whether some prospects may be more interested in part-time work, and more likely to take a job offer with the company as a result.
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