In-demand Indeed – the devil is in the (US) detail…
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In-demand Indeed – the devil is in the (US) detail…

In-demand Indeed – the devil is in the (US) detail…

Posted on 1st August 2015

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SocialTalent has recently examined the stats from Indeed.com to publish an article, under the heading “Top Ten In-Demand IT Job Titles 2015” that gives details of the top ten ‘keyword searches’ (i.e. made by candidates) and top ten ‘Jobs advertised’ on Indeed.com. These are (in order):

‘Job Titles’ searched for

‘Job Titles’ advertised

Graphic Design

Graphic Designer

Information Technology

Data Analyst

IT

Software Engineer

Business Analyst

Business Analyst

Software Engineer

Program Manager

Desktop Support

Technical Writer

Graphic Designer

Systems Administrator

Electrical Engineer

Software Developer

Help Desk

Electrical Engineer

Data Analyst

Network Engineer

However, as always, such lists can be misleading. First, and probably most important, the SocialTalent article says it brings the reader, “the Top 10 Most In-Demand Job Titles in each industry, the Top 10 keyword searches performed by job seekers in each industry, and a list of the top employers of people with those skills in the USA, the UK and Ireland”.  Unless I’m mistaken, this could easily be taken to imply is that the data apply to all three countries*.  

If you look at the link to the Indeed survey above it’s clear that these data only apply to the USA. Then there is the generic nature of the search string “IT” and also the fact that “Graphic Design” and “Graphic Designer’ overlap somewhat (and are also equally, if not more, applicable in the creative industry recruitment business).  Add in the distinctly fuzzy relationship between “Electrical Engineer” and IT/computing recruitment and we have 40% of these “job title searches” which are perhaps not quite as useful as they may seem.

Our experience in Scotland – and I must stress that this is just the Be-IT perspective (and I’d love to hear other recruiters’ views) – is that we are recruiting regularly for all the titles on the candidate search string list bar 1, 7 and 8 (i.e. the graphic design and electrical engineer ones).  In particular, there is a lot of demand for ‘software engineers’, although, as we all know, that particular job title covers if not a multitude of sins then certainly a widely varying range of skills and differing job titles. Moreover, the salaries quoted in the SocialTalent/Indeed surveys are far in excess of the levels we’d expect to see in Scotland. For these sort of lists to be really valuable to both candidates and recruiters we need far more detail than is provided here and it needs to be made crystal clear what countries/areas are included. 

Alma Kettles, Principal Consultant, Be-IT Resourcing

 

*  to be fair to SocialTalent, it’s clear that the data are from the USA once you click on the link in their article to Indeed.com, but if you don’t then you might well be misled into believing the stats apply to the UK and Ireland as well.


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