Recruiting Difficulty for Key Jobs Rose for Ninth Consecutive Month in November, SHRM LINE Report Finds

Hiring rate expected to increase in both manufacturing and service sectors

Dec 4, 2014
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — November marked the ninth consecutive month that HR professionals experienced greater recruiting difficulty for key positions in both the manufacturing and service sectors compared to the previous year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE) Report.

A net of 31.1 percent of manufacturing respondents said they had difficulty with recruiting in November, which is the highest amount since May 2006, explained Jennifer Schramm, manager of workforce trends at SHRM. Meanwhile, a net of 31.1 percent of service-sector organizations also reported difficulty, which is the highest amount since SHRM began data collection for that sector in October 2005.

During the month of December, the hiring rate is expected to increase in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, with two out of five manufacturers (39.9 percent) and one-third of service-sector companies (33.3 percent) adding jobs this month.

The SHRM LINE Report, based on a survey of human resource professionals, predicts employment activity for the coming month about 30 days before statistics on employment for the same time frame are available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Despite the rising levels of recruiting difficulty, the new-hire compensation indices were mixed — rising in manufacturing yet declining slightly in services,” said Schramm.

However, the index’s data overall show most organizations are not increasing new-hire compensation, although the manufacturing net total represented a four-year high for the month of November.

The LINE Report provides a snapshot of month-ahead hiring expectations and examines difficulty in recruiting top-level talent, new-hire compensation and job vacancies. Respondents include HR professionals from private service-sector companies and manufacturing companies. Together, these sectors employ more than 90 percent of U.S. private-sector workers.

Media: To read the full SHRM LINE Report, visit The third-quarter Jobs Outlook Survey Report is available at Follow SHRM Research on Twitter @SHRM_Research.

The SHRM LINE Report is typically released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on the first Thursday of each month. The SHRM employment expectations index describes the same time period referenced a month later by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation report.

For more information or an interview with a LINE researcher, contact Vanessa Gray of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6072 or

About the Society for Human Resource Management
Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.
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