The 50 most commonly required certifications are advertised in 30% of all job ads. Wanted Analytics analyzed the hiring difficulty for 50 of the certifications, licenses, or other requirements that appear in job ads and listed the ones that score the highest on our Hiring Scale, based on our recruiting metrics. The Hiring Scale score ranges from 1 to 99, with 99 indicating difficult-to-fill. Are you hiring for one of these hard-to-fill certifications?
Hardest-to-Recruit Certifications and Clearances
|Certifications and Clearances||Volume||Hiring Scale Score|
|Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)||7,087||80|
|Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)||9,337||79|
|Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)||6,104||76|
|Project Management Professional (PMP)||14,458||72|
|Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS SCI)||38,488||67|
|Physical Therapist Certification||20,070||64|
|State Insurance License||16,238||64|
|FINRA / NASD Series 6||10,158||62|
|Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP)||6,649||58|
|Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)||9,081||57|
Four of the certifications listed above are advertised in IT job listings, 3 are related to healthcare, 2 are in sales, and the remaining certification is required in transportation and warehousing. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) scores the highest on our Hiring Scale, an 80, meaning this certification is likely to the hardest-to-fill.
Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS SCI), although not a certification, was the most frequently advertised job requirement of the ones listed. Certified Registered Nurse (RN) and Commercial Driver's License (CDL) were the most commonly required certifications in all job ads. Although these certifications weren't the highest scoring, they are still likely to be somewhat challenging to recruit scoring a 43 and 54, respectively.
Recruiters filling positions that require one of these hard-to-fill certifications or clearances may want to look for talent in cities that have low scores on our Hiring Scale, meaning that recruiting conditions are likely to be less difficult. For example, Oxford (CA) and Youngstown (OH) both score in the 20's on our Hiring Scale for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification and have candidate supplies that exceed local demand. These would be suitable locations for Recruiters to place job ads in and from which to relocate talent.
Candidate Locations for CCNA Certification
We also examined the average posting periods for commonly required certifications to see which appeared online for the longest amount of time. Job listings that advertise the following certifications are posted online for the highest number of days.
Certifications and Clearances with the Longest Average Posting Periods
Each of these certifications commonly appear in Healthcare Practitioner job ads. According to our Hiring Scale, they're considered moderately difficult-to-fill, scoring in the mid 40's. Board Certification job ads are posted online for the longest amount of time. If it is taking Recruiters a long time to build a talent pipeline of candidates that are Board Certified, then New Haven (CT) would be a favorable location for posting your job. In this metro area, job ads requiring this certification remain online for an average of 47 days, which is about 4.5 weeks shorter than the average length of time Board Certified job ads are listed online.
Hiring Demand, Hiring Difficulty, and Average Posting Period for Board Certified Candidates