Built In’s 2017 State of Tech Recruiting Report is a data-driven analysis of the trends, challenges and opportunities tech recruiters will encounter over the coming year.
Our findings — sourced via survey responses from technical recruiters at hundreds of startups and tech companies across the country — will help readers better understand the state of technical recruiting in America, the obstacles likely to present themselves in 2017 and what their colleagues are doing to succeed in a highly competitive labor market.
Competition for tech talent will be brutal in 2017
- 98% of recruiters believe tech recruiting will be as competitive as 2016, if not more so.
- 88% of recruiters anticipate filling as many or more positions in 2017 versus 2016.
You’ll have to pay more for in-demand talent
- 53% of recruiters plan to increase new-hire salary offers in 2017.
- Software developers will be the hot ticket, with 55% of recruiters identifying this group as their top priority.
Top source of hire is split between internal and external channels
- Job boards rate as the top source of hire, but only by a hair.
- Employee referral programs finished a very close second.
Passive candidates will be more important than ever
- 36% of technical recruiters hope to add sourcing tools to their arsenal in 2017.
Employer branding will be a priority for everyone
- 98% of recruiters plan to spend as much or more on employer branding this year as they did in 2016.