According to some quick research done by Amy Schultz, recruitment leader for Australian software maker Canva, there are now more recruiter roles listed on LinkedIn than there are for software engineers. At the time of her post, she found 364,970 "Recruiter" jobs advertised on LinkedIn worldwide, with 342,586 roles titled "Software Engineer". Which is interesting.
While this should be taken with a grain of salt - companies are more likely to pay to list recruiter roles on LinkedIn, while you'll find more software engineering roles on specialize sites such as StackOverflow, and job titles in software engineering tend to be more diverse than in recruiting/ talent acquisition - LinkedIn was able to pull some historical data to demonstrate that we're seeing a definite uptick in recruiting for recruiters:
And, looking at Indeed Hiring Labs reporting, human resources roles have climbed 67.3% since the start of the pandemic, one of the strongest growing sectors in their reporting. In the past 4 weeks, the only sector to match HR in growth was Arts & Entertainment, which has largely been driven by the reopening of restaurants, hotels, and summer hiring in general.
The sector is hot, in other words. And it's no surprise. Employers posted 10.1 million openings in June, the U.S. Labor Department said Monday - up from 9.5 million open jobs in May, and the highest level recorded in the two decades it has tracked the data. The number of hires in June also rose to 6.7 million, up from 6 million in May. Layoffs and firings (which the Labor Department calls "discharges") stood at a 20-year low of 1.3 million, slightly below their May level.
Also significant: The number of job openings that month also rose above the number of people who are unemployed and looking for work, by half a million.