The Average Number of Recruiters Per Recruiting Department

May 16, 2022 | By Kevin Gray

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On average, there were 8.5 full-time recruiters per recruiting department within organizations replying to NACE’s 2021 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey.

Each recruiter was responsible for an average of 187.9 candidates. In addition, these recruiters made an average of 53.4 offers to eligible candidates, of which, 38.2 were accepted. (See Figure 1.)

Data from the 2021 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report were collected on June 7, 2021, until August 6, 2021. Responses reflect recruiting results for the Class of 2020. The survey was distributed to organizations holding NACE membership as well as nonmembers. In all, 186 NACE members responded, representing 22.3% of all eligible member respondents. An additional 27 responses were received from nonmember companies. The 2021 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report and its interactive dashboard are available to participants on NACEWeb. Those who did not participate can access an executive summary or purchase the report through NACE.

Figure 1: Average candidates, offers, and acceptances per recruiter

Average recruitersRespondents
Candidates per recruiterMean
Offers per recruiterRespondents
Hires per recruiterMean
Average recruiters8.5
Candidates per recruiter106
Offers per recruiter187.9
Hires per recruiter60
 Average recruitersCandidates per recruiterOffers per recruiterHires per recruiter
Source: 2021 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report, National Association of Colleges and Employers