Recruitment and staffing firm the Execu|Search Group has released its 2017 Hiring Outlook: Strategies For Engaging With Today's Talent And Improving The Candidate Experience.

The report provides insights into the considerations professionals make when deciding whether to apply for a job, join a company, or leave their current position.

2017_hiring_outlook_coverThe Hiring Outlook also offers actionable recommendations for employers to help them attract and retain the best talent in today's candidate-driven job market, one in which job seekers have the advantage.

The findings were taken from a survey of more than 1,000 job seekers, working professionals, and hiring decision makers across a number of industries.

The survey found that 50% of employees plan to stay at their current company for only two years or less.

Keeping this in mind, the Hiring Outlook report provides specific ways in which employers can improve the experience job candidates have during the hiring process, increase engagement and retention among current employees, and develop a more transparent culture and leadership structure that align with the needs of today's workforce.

Findings of the 2017 Hiring Outlook surveys include:

Employers are struggling to retain and hire top talent.
  • The top four reasons employees are leaving are lack of advancement opportunities, lack of salary growth, negative work-life balance, and poor corporate culture.
  • 61% of respondents reported they were interviewing for two or more roles during the interview process for their current position.
  • 50% of employees say that they are planning to stay at their current company for two years or less.
Employers are not providing the hiring experience expected by job candidates.
  • 75% of employer responses stated that their hiring process, from initial interview to offer, takes three-plus weeks, while the vast majority of professionals surveyed felt it should take two weeks at most.
  • 34% of working professionals said their interviewer could not convey the overall impact that their role has on the company's goals.
  • 45% of working professionals do not feel their interviewer made the effort to give them an introduction to the culture when they were interviewing for their current position.
Companies need to take a more active approach to culture, retention, and leadership development.
  • 76% of millennial respondents said that professional development opportunities are one of the most important elements of company culture, and 59% of professionals said that access to projects to help keep their skills up-to-date would keep them satisfied at their current company.
  • 42% of professionals feel that executive leadership does not contribute to a positive company culture.
  • 48% of all working professionals say that they do not believe that younger employees are encouraged to pursue leadership positions at their current companies.
  • Working professionals ranked opportunities for professional development, emphasis on work-life balance, collaboration with team members, and access to leadership/management as the most important aspects of company culture.