SHRM Survey: Hiring Difficulties Greater in California Than in U.S. For Some Positions

70% of HR professionals in survey report recruiting challenges

Aug 31, 2016

Alexandria, Virginia – Human resource professionals in California have more difficulty finding people to hire for some positions than organizations nationwide, according to a report released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

The Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages in California survey findings indicate that California organizations were more likely than organizations in the United States overall to experience difficulty filling full-time regular positions for managers, human resource professionals and business positions in the last 12 months.

The findings indicate that there are several differences, as well as some similarities, between recruiting in California and recruiting in the remainder of the United States.

"Although the majority of organizations in California indicated candidates were interested in moving to their local areas, they were more likely than the U.S. overall to have candidates who were not able to relocate because of a mortgage or other issues," said Tanya Mulvey, lead researcher for the report. "Organizations experiencing these types of challenges may want to consider how housing and relocation benefits could help them recruit top talent."

Other findings in the report:

• More than two-thirds (70 percent) of organizations in California indicated that they have had difficulty recruiting for full-time regular positions in the last 12 months, similar to 68 percent nationally.

• California organizations were more likely than organizations nationally to report competition from other employers (56 percent), qualified candidates rejecting compensation packages (28 percent), qualified candidates not being able to move to their local area (21 percent), or a relocation or a relocation package not being competitive or not being offered (12 percent) as top reasons for hiring difficulty.

• The top three most effective recruiting strategies for organizations in California were using a recruitment agency (53 percent), training existing employees to take on hard-to-fill positions (51 percent) and targeting passive job seekers (43 percent), whereas organizations in the United States overall were more likely to say that using social media was among the top three most effective recruiting strategies for their organization.

The full report is available online at

Media: For more information or to request an interview, contact Sundra Hominik of SHRM Media Relations at or 703-535-6273 or Kate Kennedy at or 703-535-6260.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the 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 and Instagram @SHRMPress.


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