• Recruiting Benchmarks: Department Structure, Size of Staff

    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    May 1, 2013
     

    While nearly 76 percent of organizations responding to NACE’s 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey have a college relations and recruiting department within their organization, there is a fairly clear relationship between the size of a company and the existence of a formal college relations department. (See Figure 1.)

    In firms with fewer than 2,501 employees, the percentage with formal college relations departments ranges from 44 percent for firms with fewer than 500 employees to nearly 68 percent for firms with 1,000 to 2,500 employees. Meanwhile, more than 80 percent of firms with 2,501 or more employees have a formal college relations department.

    The overall percentage of firms with a college relations and recruiting department is consistent with the results from previous years: In the 2011 and 2010 surveys, 74 percent and 78 percent of respondents, respectively, had a defined college relations department as part of their human resources operations.

    Among these respondents reporting a formal recruiting department, the number of full-time staff fell slightly from an overall average of 8.2 in the 2011 survey to 8.0 in the current survey. In the 2010 survey, the average was 7.7 full-time staff per recruiting department.

    Interestingly, there is little discernible relationship between the size of the company and the size of its recruiting staff, except at the lowest end of the size scale. (See Figure 2.)

    Firms with fewer than 1,001 employees average less than three full-time personnel devoted to college recruiting. By comparison, companies with more than 1,000 employees tend to have between five and 12 full-time staff members focused on college recruiting.

    NACE’s 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey was conducted June 15 through August 15, 2012; 242 employer-member organizations took part. Read the executive summary here. 

    Figure 1: Existence of college relations departments, by size of company

    Number of Employees  % of Respondents That Have a
    College Relations Department
     

    500 or less

    44.0%

    501 – 1,000

    52.4%

    1,001 – 2,500

    67.7%

    2,501 – 5,000

    80.8%

    5,001 – 10,000

    91.9%

    10,001 – 20,000

    80.0%

    More than 20,000

    92.0%

    Source: 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers 

      

    Figure 2: Size of college relations departments, by size of company

    Number of Employees  Average Full-Time Staff Members 

    500 or less

    2.45

    501 – 1,000

    2.91

    1,001 – 2,500

    6.60

    2,501 – 5,000

    11.45

    5,001 – 10,000

    7.06

    10,001 – 20,000

    5.41

    More than 20,000

    11.62

    Source: 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers 


Recruiting Benchmarks: Department Structure, Size of Staff