Recruiter Index®: February 2021

No one understands the talent market like the recruiters, HR professionals, and talent acquisition experts working on the front lines. Every month, surveys its network of 27,000+ independent recruiting and talent acquisition specialists to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
At 3.7, recruiter sentiment moved up slightly in February, following a couple of months of stasis. Current job market sentiment trended somewhat upward, while 30- and 90-day forecasts remained steady for the third consecutive month.

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Recruiter Index®: February 2021

Sneak peek

Despite January's lackluster jobs report, overall current job market sentiment hit an all-time high of 3.5 in February. More than half of recruiters feel the job market is heating up, compared to 17.7 percent who feel it is cooling down.

The average workload stayed steady at 18 open roles per recruiter. Importantly, the year-over-year workload gap continues to narrow, and average workloads for February 2021 were only 5.3 percent lower than average workloads in February 2020.


Executive Summary
Job Market Overview
Industry-by-Industry Breakdown
Methodology and Participants

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Matthew Kosinski
Matthew Kosinski
Matthew Kosinski is the managing editor for 
A graduate of Rutgers, Matthew is an experienced writer and editor
Recruiter Index®: February 2021