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  • Average Number of Full-Time URR Staff Members Dips

    September 06, 2019 | By NACE Staff

    Trends & Predictions
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    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals

    The average number of full-time university relations and recruiting staff members that organizations employ decreased to 13.5 in NACE’s 2018 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report from 14.3 in last year’s report.

    It stands to reason that larger companies—those with 5,001 to more than 20,000 employees—had larger staff sizes. Meanwhile, the staff sizes of smaller companies varied. (See Figure 1.)

    In the latest report, staff composition consisted of mostly recruiters (an average of 8.1 per responding organization), followed by coordinators (3.3), managers (3.0), and directors (2.2).

    The average number of staff members for employers with a hybrid structure was 14.3, whereas, for centralized operations, it was 13.2. Departments in which URR is a component of human resources had an average of 14.7 full-time staff members. (See Figure 2.)

    Data collection for NACE’s 2018 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report took place from June 20, 2018, to September 10, 2018; 218 firms participated. The 2018 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report is available free to members through MyNACE. An executive summary of the report is available through the NACE Store.

    Figure 1: Mean number of full-time staff members, by company size: 2014-18

    Size 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
    Overall 13.5 14.3 11.0 14.2 13.9
    500 or less 7.7 8.1 4.9 5.3 4.4
    501-1000 12.3 6.3 2.2 5.4 5.0
    1,001-2,500 6.7 11.0 2.2 8.2 10.5
    2,501-5,000 10.5 6.2 16.5 15.9 14.2
    5,001-10,000 19.0 11.8 3.9 10.4 10.5
    10,001-20,000 16.8 13.4 7.0 18.8 14.1
    More than 20,000 15.9 24.5 25.0 18.8 22.6
    Source: 2018 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report, National Association of Colleges and Employers.

    Figure 2: Mean number of full-time staff members by department type and operational structure

    Department type/operational structure Mean
    Stand-alone recruiting department 11.2
    Component of human resources 14.7
    Centralized 13.2
    Hybrid 14.3
    Source: 2018 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report, National Association of Colleges and Employers