An epidemic is spreading in the work world.
It’s occurring everywhere— from Germany, the United States, France, to Australia.
No, it’s not Millennials or bucket hats.
Hiring people is taking way longer compared to what it was even a few years ago.
According to a report Glassdoor Economic Research, the average time it takes to officially hire a person now stands at 23 days. Only four years ago, the average wait time was 13 days. The wait time increase spans just about in all industries, titles, and places in the world. What’s drawing out the process? Experts explain that it’s often dependent on the city. Some cities tend to demand job seekers that have niche skills, like software engineers or government analysts. Washington D.C. has the longest wait time, averaging at 34.4 days to find, interview, and sign a candidate; San Francisco averages at 23.7 days.
When experience becomes niche, the interview processes become longer due to how employers are creating their screening. Employers are working with companies to find better candidate fits. Therefore the number of steps between job posting and signing has multiplied. Background checks, skill and drug tests, and personality tests have become more popular in all industries. Each test, the report states, added “a statistically significant amount to average time required for candidates to go through the hiring process, in some cases adding a full week”. Additionally, the number of employees a company retains also makes a difference. Companies with less than 259 employees can hire a person in under 20 days. Major companies with more than 1000 employees, take nearly 30 days.
What do lengthening hiring process have to do with freelancers?
Organizations will be working with even more freelancers in the coming years. Projections of the majority of the US workforce being freelancers will come as early as 2027. 41 percent of freelancers even view their job as more stable than as a traditional employee. Freelancing is here to stay. With the ever-growing length of time taken to hire 9-5ers, hiring a freelancer could save significant time and resources.
For those creating and conducting the hiring process, optimizing how they locate, retain, and sign freelancers is essential. Freelancers can quickly jump on a project and begin contributing—without the lengthy paperwork usually. Freework is laying the blueprint of how organizations can manage and facilitate filling in needed positions.
How does Freework save time in hiring?
We already organize thousands of freelancer’s lives; we’re saving companies money and time by organizing their internal information. Freework automatically creates a freelancer’s profile once hired. Important details like contact information, skill set, and rates are internally stored. This makes locating a freelancer a snap.
The freelancer profile remains in the system, even once their contract and/or project expires. Hiring managers can simply check in to the database if they’re looking to fill a position. Instead of creating a job advertisement, they can send over a freelancer profile to a department manager. The manager can simply look over the number of past or present freelancers the company has worked with and choose.
Freework also creates a space that shows availability. It reveals whether a freelancer is currently occupied with a project or is potentially available. This saves significant time for HR—who usually spends a significant portion of their day sending emails, awaiting responses, and gauging the extent of availability. Picking a candidate from an internal list means the candidate is already familiar with the company, the paperwork, and the process. Freelancers can feel more comfortable in an employer’s expectations. In reverse, a manager will feel confident in the freelancer they choose, as they can select the freelancer with the best fit.
Robots may be taking jobs, but it’s certainly not making it easier (and shorter) to hire the best candidate. You have Freework for that- an intuitive tool designed for modern companies.