Roundup: Jobs Ads Keep Dropping; Gig Hours Rise

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New job ads during the week ending March 28 dropped 60 percent compared to the week ending March 7, according the market-intelligence firm Greenwich.HR. Job advertising overall was down 5 percent in March compared to February, and all business sectors were impacted, the firm said. Greenwich.HR Cary Sparrow expects demand to continue falling, but “when the situation begins to stabilize, we expect to see the strongest companies quickly resume hiring,” he said.

Topia now offers an integration with Workday HCM that allows joint customers to access its global talent mobility platform to deploy and manage employees as they move around the world. Topia provides integrated data global talent mobility and connects with a number of HR tech stacks and vendors.

This week in #HRTech: Jobs ads plummeted in March (surprise), but gig hours rise and more vendors offer free services. #HR #HRTribe Share on X

Gig workers at essential businesses are working about 25 percent more hours than they were since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, said the gig platform Wonolo. The company said the number of workers who’s signed up for its service because of lost jobs rose by 10 percent over the last two months.

Green Circle Life is making its SmartFHR communications tool available at no cost for the next six months. The mobile-first platform is designed to improve comprehension, retention and understanding of employer messages. The company is also opening up its library of notices and policy documents, which can be distributed through the SmartFHR app.

CareerPlug launched Hire Up, an initiative to help new customers recruit during the pandemic. Under the program, businesses receive two months of free access to CareerPlug’s hiring software, and 30 days free sponsored job ads on ZipRecruiter. New users must sign up by May 31.

EduMe launched a survey feature that allows companies to take pulse surveys of their workforce. The company said the Surveys feature will help drive engagement among deskless workers. EduMe already provides tools for learning and communication., a community to track layoffs and connect workers with recruiters, launched on April 6. The website tracks layoff events and lists roughly 10,000 jobs across a number of industries.

Last Week’s Top Stories

Podcsast: ADP’s Martha Bird on Post-Pandemic Dynamics of Work

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Coronavirus Layoffs Begin; Economists See Many More Coming

Widespread layoffs have begun across the economy as employers struggle with the impact of business lost because of the coronavirus. Read more.

Employers Raise Spending for Remote-Work Solutions

With more than 16 million Americans out of work and more layoffs expected, and financial executives taking an increasingly sober view of COVID-19’s impact on their business, some HR technology vendors may have reason to hope. Read more.

Before Pandemic: Healthy Investment in HR Technology

In the weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic began its trans-global spread, investment in HR technology totaled about $867 million. That first-quarter 2020 mark was less greater than the 13-quarter average of $841 billion. Read more.

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