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The 49-day wait to get an engineering job

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Engineering job seekers wait an average of 49 days to get hired after submitting job applications, per a new LinkedIn analysis.

The big picture: Employers are desperate to fill a record number of open positions across industries, but the hiring process is still taking a long time for some types of jobs.

Return-to-work plans on ice after COVID spike

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Even more "back-to-office" callbacks are being postponed amid a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Why it matters: It feels like March 13, 2020, all over again. When businesses sent all their workers home, it was an early big hint the pandemic was going to upend our lives.

Return-to-work plans keep getting foiled by the Delta variant

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Companies that were eager to call employees back to the office are delaying those return dates as coronavirus infections keep rising.

The big picture: The Delta variant is throwing us back into the thick of pandemic-era living, with new restrictions at restaurants and gyms and complications to return-to-work plans.

Don't call it "outsourcing": Hiring employees globally is getting easier

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Deel, a three-year-old startup that helps companies hire internationally, has acquired German software startup Zeitgold. The deal comes just months after raising a $156 million Series C, Deel's second funding round since the pandemic began.

Why it matters: The future of work might not be in the home office for everyone, but hiring the best employees wherever they are in the world is an undeniable trend.

Why companies aren't paying more

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If companies raised pay high enough, then maybe they wouldn’t complain about labor shortages that have forced them to forgo sales. But there seems to be a limit to how much a company is willing to pay, despite what seems like a clear opportunity to maximize the top line.

Why it matters: Companies have been scrambling to staff up amid a rapid economic recovery. Employers across industries have been raising wages in their efforts to be competitive.

New study finds link between small biz job growth and vaccination rates

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There appears to be a link between states seeing a strong rebound in a slice of small business hiring: higher vaccination rates.

Driving the news: A new report by payroll processing firm Gusto says places with a bigger share of their population fully jabbed also saw bigger instances of job growth in the service sector.

Why hybrid work is the enemy of change

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Companies around the world are responding to the pandemic-induced rise of telework by transitioning to a hybrid of in-person and remote work. But that model is inherently flawed, experts say.

The big picture: Employers haven't been clear with their definitions of hybrid work — whether it means the workforce is hybrid or the workweek is hybrid — and that hasn't allowed workers to make the big changes to their lifestyles that flexible work should allow.

July forecasts call for job, wage growth

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Economists say job momentum continued in July with 620,000 payroll jobs added. If they're right, it helps chip away at the 6.8 million still needed for a full healing.

  • The unemployment rate could slip to 5.8%, matching a pandemic-era low.
  • Wages are expected to grow 0.2% after gaining 0.3% in June.

The big question is whether it's all enough to entice more sidelined workers back into the job market.

  • The so-called labor force participation rate has barely budged in months.

1 fun thing: A job for taco lovers

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Wanted: Director of Taco Relations

  • Spice company McCormick announced it's hiring for that tasty title — a four-month gig that pays $100,000, Sam writes.
  • Responsibilities include: "Taste test and consult on inspirational and approachable taco recipes" ... "Debate the ultimate controversial taco topic: soft or hard shell taco?"

Between the shells: With so many choices for workers, short-term gigs have become a lot more interesting.

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