Average Job Vacancy Hits 25.8 Days


Technology jobs are staying open an average of 25.8 working days in 2016, according to the latest update of the DHI-DFH Mean Vacancy Duration measure.

The measure is based on the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) in the United States, which marks job openings as filled when a job offer for an open position is accepted. (Typically, there is also a lag between the fill date and the new hire’s start date on the job, which isn’t calculated into this measure because it might throw off the results.) In April, the most recent month for which finalized data is available, technology jobs remained open for 24.8 working days, down from a revised 27.3 days in March:

DHI Mean Vacancy

In JOLTS context, the category of Professional and Business Services is used as a dataset; this includes professional, scientific, and technical activities, and incorporates the sub-category of Computer Systems Design and Related Services.

“Nearly half of tech-focused employers told us the time to hire tech professionals has lengthened relative to last year in a recent Dice survey,” said Bob Melk, President of Dice. “When asked, 40 percent of clients said they intend to hire up to 20 percent more professionals in the second half of this year. But this won’t be easy as many say there are positions they are unable to fill due to salary requirements, which also lengthens the hiring process.”

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The DHI-DFH Recruiting 
Intensity index, which includes actions by employers to fill a job (including payments on help-wanted ads, certain recruiting methods, and more), saw the intensity of
 companies to fill tech jobs dip to 0.99 in April from 1.01 in March.

The DHI Hiring Indicators is a collaboration between DHI and Dr. Steven Davis, William H. Abbott Professor of International Business and Economics at the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

3 Responses to “Average Job Vacancy Hits 25.8 Days”

  1. Rob Spahitz

    so basically, the hiring time in IT is right on target matching non-IT positions? does that make it news?
    And what is a good “hiring time” vs a bad one?
    For fast-food, I would expect the hiring process to take days, but for gov’t (with requirements to keep things open for 30, 60 or 90 days) then 25 days is amazingly fast.

    So is 25 good or bad or just normal?

    Analogy: e.g. yesterday I breathed in 75mg of dust. Your response is probably: “so what? is that good or bad or normal?” If I told you I normally breathe in 22mg, then you can have an “OMG” moment.

    So is 25 good, bad or normal?

  2. Sam Pittman

    “… many say there are positions they are unable to fill due to salary requirements, which also lengthens the hiring process.”

    Yeah. Translation: they are low-balling the salary.

  3. BillyBobJohnson

    If companies were willing to hire people over the age of 45, they’d probably have an abundance of applicants. Unfortunately, as the picture with the article illustrates, IT is perceived as a young person’s game. Too bad, because you’re missing out on a lot of talent. Stop going to India, too.