HCI and Aerotek Reveal Business Practices Most Influential in Fostering Top Talent

The Human Capital Institute (HCI), the global institution for strategic talent management, today announced the release of its latest research, “Recruiting Top Talent: Investing in Quality.” Conducted in conjunction with Aerotek® Inc., a leading provider of recruiting and staffing services, the research highlights the compensation practices most conducive to attracting and retaining top talent.

Employers today face a number of challenges in finding the qualified talent needed to fill key positions and help advance business goals. A perceived lack of skilled talent is often cited as one of the biggest reasons why companies struggle to find individuals with the necessary competencies. However, others contend that this skills shortage does not exist, and that companies are simply unwilling to pay candidates enough for in-demand positions. In the report, more than half (51 percent) of respondents’ companies pay below their market industry competitors, and respondents were two times more likely to say they struggle to fill senior positions if they pay less than their competition.


“With specialized individuals and senior-level talent in higher demand than ever, a company’s ability to attract and retain top talent is a critical component in the overall success of their organization,” said Dave Poling, director of Recruiting Operations at Aerotek. “Employers should view their talent as an investment rather than an expense, with the understanding that higher compensation can lead to more qualified candidates, increased productivity and greater levels of engagement and retention.” In addition to the importance of compensation, other key findings from the survey include: Growing expectations: The increased complexity of positions, due to more advanced technologies, increased time pressure, broader job descriptions and lower headcount, is responsible for increased educational and experiential expectations for new hires. Recognizing talent as an investment: Increased productivity was ranked as the top advantage of hiring top talent at higher costs, and most respondents believe higher productivity is worth the higher pay. In addition, companies who pay below competitors were almost two times more likely to have high-performer turnover. Employee satisfaction with total rewards: Employee development programs and a generous PTO policy increase employee satisfaction after controlling for compensation. Organizations looking to add or modify their benefits may find that additional development opportunities and more PTO can lead to greater satisfaction with total rewards.

“Our research revealed a simple, yet often dismissed, aspect of talent acquisition: to attract and retain the best talent possible, organizations must be willing to pay more than their competition,” said Carl Rhodes, HCI’s chief executive officer. “If this is not possible, then companies should strive to invest in their employees’ ongoing professional development to prepare them for meeting future needs of their organization. Not only will this help the company to avoid potential later struggles for top talent, but it can also elevate the skills of the entire workforce and improve both engagement and retention.” The research report was conducted based on a survey of 571 respondents representing global organizations of a variety of industries and company sizes. HCI also held in-depth interviews with several leading experts on the topic. HCI and Aerotek have made “Recruiting Top Talent: Investing in Quality” available for complimentary download at: Aerotek.com/RecruitQuality.

About Aerotek Aerotek® Inc., headquartered in Hanover, Md., is a leading provider of technical, professional and industrial recruiting and staffing services. Established in 1983, Aerotek is an operating company of Allegis Group® Inc., the largest staffing company in the U.S. Aerotek operates a network of more than 200 non-franchised offices throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. For more information, visit Aerotek.com.

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