WSP uses data to make smarter hiring decisions.
At WSP, rapid growth and high demand in the engineering industry made it difficult to find highly-specialized, quality candidates in Australia and New Zealand. To better understand the talent landscape of the marketplace as well as penetration by competitors, Head of Talent Acquisition and Mobility Andy Cross turned to LinkedIn Talent Insights for data and insights to help the firm shape recruitment messaging to draw applicants.
Finding specialized candidates
Given the rapidly-expanding engineering industry, Cross needed to identify exceptional candidates, engage them, and then hire and onboard—quickly. In Brisbane, water engineers were proving particularly difficult to hire. Cross knew he needed intelligence on the size of the market, available talent pool, and job movement.
Visibility into market dynamics
Fresh datasets pulled from LinkedIn Talent Insights provided intelligence on market dynamics determining talent flows in the region, and how WSP stacked up against competitors in engagement and market penetration. Armed with this information, Cross tweaked job postings content to focus on what would interest potential candidates. With LinkedIn Talent Insights, recruitment has evolved beyond word searches. Now WSP uses metrics to track skills and availability of quality talent for better-informed hiring decisions.
Main product used:
10% reduction in hiring time
A better understanding of market dynamics helped move the hiring process along more quickly.
Hiring metrics created
Metrics on skills and availability of talent were created to facilitate more precise hiring parameters and decision making.
Positive stakeholder feedback
The data-driven approach to hiring and managing talent garnered immediate, high-quality results and was well received by stakeholders.
“LinkedIn Talent Insights provides answers to our recruitment questions—such as how people are migrating between jobs and what we need to do to attract talent—so we can tailor our recruitment approach to fit the market.”
WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms. The firm comprises technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, surveyors, environmental specialists, as well as other design, program, and construction management professionals. WSP designs lasting Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Resources (including Mining and Industry), Water, Power, and Environmental solutions, as well as provides project delivery and strategic consulting services.
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