The Employment Landscape in 2015

Industries Where Your Network Matters More Than You Think: By analyzing hiring and networking data, LinkedIn uncovered how connections between members impact the way companies bring on new employees. On average, 16 percent of new hires were already connected to someone at the company prior to joining. Read more.

Temporary Jobs to Grow 13 Percent Over the Next Five Years: Nearly three million people are employed in temporary jobs today, and new analysis from CareerBuilder shows that number will continue to rise in 2015 and beyond. Temporary employment is expected to grow three percent (75,384 jobs) from 2014 to 2015 and 13 percent (354,877 jobs) from 2014 to 2019. Read more.

U.S. Employee Engagement Reaches Three-Year High: The percentage of U.S. workers engaged in their jobs rose from an average 31.7 percent in January to an average 32.9 percent in February. The latest monthly rate of employee engagement is the highest Gallup has recorded in three years. Read more.

Crunched by the Numbers: The Digital Skills Gap in the Workforce: A study of job postings by Burning Glass Technologies found that middle-skill jobs that require digital skills are outpacing those that do not in a wide range of ways. Read more.

The Hidden Costs of Unused Leave: America’s vacation liability is massive—and it grew by $65.6 billion in the last year alone. Read more.

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