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The research below is drawn from more than five years of industry studies, practitioner interviews, and deep analysis of the most important topics facing talent leaders today.

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Quality of Hire is Critical: How to Make it Count

Recently there’s been a considerable amount of discussion on LinkedIn about this concept called “talent density.” Essentially it means that employers have to ensure that they have a high-quality workforce (a high concentration, or density, of top performers). In my opinion it’s just another name for quality of hire, the top metric that talent acquisition…

2024 Talent Acquisition Trends: What’s New and What’s Next [Report]

Every year I look forward to our team’s survey and analysis of the talent acquisition market, because it’s a space that moves quickly and has a tremendous amount of innovation both in the technologies as well as the practices that employers use to create successful outcomes. This year’s report is no exception, highlighting what is…

6+ Generative AI Applications in Talent Acquisition Today [Infographic]

Generative AI. It’s the topic in what seems like every conference agenda, presentation, and headline today. But so much of it is focused on things like ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini (formerly Google Bard). However, there are a few “flavors” of generative AI being used by talent acquisition and HR teams today: Off-the-shelf public systems like…

4 Research-Backed Actions to Engage and Convert More Candidates

The data points are clear: candidate expectations today have evolved, and if you’re not staying on top of those changes, you may be missing out on the very best talent in the market. Based on our proprietary research from more than 2,500 candidates in the last two years, here are four practical things you can…

RPO Buyer Study: Key Findings and Preferences [New Research]

Each year we partner with the RPO Association to produce a research study to examine and understand how the recruitment process outsourcing market is changing, what buyers expect, and the realities of the current landscape. Our latest report was recently released featuring findings from more than 500 RPO buyers, and it’s currently available at no…

Recruiting Automation: Employer and Candidate Preferences [Infographic]

The world of recruitment is undergoing a seismic shift, thanks in no small part to advancements in artificial intelligence and automation. Recent data from our Lighthouse Research & Advisory Talent Acquisition Trends study underscores this transformation, revealing some thought-provoking trends. First, employers are now 41% more likely to report increased efficiencies in talent acquisition due…

Speed Counts in Hiring: How to Shorten Cycle Times and Increase Candidate Satisfaction [Infographic]

Today, creating a positive candidate experience is not just a nice-to-have; it’s a must-do. Recent data points from Lighthouse Research & Advisory studies offer a compelling insight into why this is more important now than ever: Two out of the top three reasons candidates ghost employers are directly tied to speed and hiring workflows. A…

2023 Recap: A Turbulent Year with Significant M&A Changes in the HR Technology Market

Our annual reporting on M&A in the HR technology space is one of our most popular pieces of content year after year (see our 2022 version here). We look at some of the many announcements that happen over the course of the year, flag some key ones, and identify any big trends that seem to…

The Evolution of Pay Equity and Transparency in the Modern Workplace [Infographic]

Increasingly, our research is showing that pay equity and pay transparency are critically linked. In other words, employers that score highly in one will typically score highly in the other, and vice versa. That’s because as the market has shifted in recent years, we’ve seen a clear connection between transparency and openness on compensation and…

First Look at 2023 Talent Acquisition Research: Pay Transparency, Ghosting, and More

Updated December 2023 with new candidate data from Q3.  Of all the aspects of human capital management, talent acquisition has seen a tremendous upheaval in the last three years. From a full stop in 2020 to full speed in 2021 and 2022, we’re now seeing some mixed signals about what the future holds. The essential…

Case Studies

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Phenom 2023 HR Tech Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Phenom has a purpose of helping a billion people find the right job. Through AI-powered talent experiences, employers are using Phenom to hire employees faster, develop them to their full potential, and retain them longer. The Phenom Intelligent Talent Experience platform seamlessly connects candidates, employees, recruiters, hiring managers, HR and HRIS —…

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Eightfold.ai 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company With a deep-learning AI platform and massive datasets (on more than a billion careers, representing much of the working world) companies can hire and manage a diverse, global workforce. This is especially important now, given the attention being paid to talent and how rapidly the skills needs of companies are changing; in…

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Lever 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company For a long time, hiring was a transactional process: moving from resume to interview, interview to offer, offer to first day in the office. In this world, applicant tracking systems supported traditional, inbound hiring needs. But today’s talent acquisition isn’t a transaction. It’s a dialog. A network of relationships among people —…

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BrightHire 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company BrightHire is the world’s leading Interview Intelligence platform. We transform the quality of hiring for high-growth companies like Canva, Carta, Attentive, and Salesloft by helping individuals run better interviews and helping teams hire faster with less bias. Our technology rides along on Zoom, Google Meet and phone interviews, automatically records and transcribes…

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Seekout 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company SeekOut is an AI-powered Talent 360 platform for Enterprise Talent Optimization that enables companies to quickly hire, grow, and retain talent while focusing on diversity, technical expertise, and other hard-to-find skillsets. SeekOut lets great companies and great people to grow together. Six out of 10 of the highest valued companies in the…

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Sparrow 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Sparrow makes it simple for employers to care for their people with the first true end-to-end leave management solution where innovative technology is coupled with a world-class leave specialist team. This enables mid-market employers to reduce compliance risks, enhance the employee experience, operate better, and contain costs. The technology integrates with HRIS…

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Enboarder 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Enboarder, the world’s only People Activation Platform specifically designed to inspire action and truly engage employees, was founded on the belief that people are a company’s greatest asset, and that businesses should put their employees above all else –– even investors, customers and other stakeholders. Founder and CEO Brent Pearson discovered that…

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HireEZ 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company HireEZ’s mission is to make outbound recruiting easy. We’re dedicated to helping recruiters proactively bring jobs to people and give them the recruiter-centric tools they need. That’s why we developed hireEZ (formerly Hiretual), an AI-powered outbound recruitment platform. With hireEZ, companies can execute a strategically scalable approach to build their workforce of…

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Socrates 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Socrates.ai is a leading employee experience platform that builds on humanity in the best way possible – via real conversations in real-time – to deliver consumer experiences in the workplace. Socrates.ai leverages artificial intelligence to construct the conversational answers and information employees need. The omnichannel virtual assistant can be used on SMS,…

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Reejig 2022 Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Reejig is a leading workforce intelligence platform that enables large-scale organizations to find, retain, and upskill talent at scale. Powered by the world’s first independently audited ethical AI, Reejig acts as your central nervous system for all talent decisions, helping you create a world with zero wasted potential. Reejig provides global executives…

Videos, Interviews, and Podcasts

RPO Buyer Study: Key Findings and Preferences [New Research]

Each year we partner with the RPO Association to produce a research study to examine and understand how the recruitment process outsourcing market is changing, what buyers expect, and the realities of the current landscape. Our latest report was recently released featuring findings from more than 500 RPO buyers, and it’s currently available at no…

Lighthouse Listens: 6 Innovative Talent Acquisition Technologies

As part of our ongoing research efforts, our team meets with technology providers across the HR, talent, and learning space on a regular basis. Last month we held a special set of briefings as part of a talent acquisition deep dive we called Lighthouse Listens. In it, we met with six different providers touching on…

Predicting Pay and Skills From Job Market Intelligence Data on #HRTechTalks

In today’s world, things change and evolve so quickly. Take pay for instance. It’s changing faster than the surveys and other data sources can keep up. So what do we do? One area of emerging data comes from labor market intelligence tools. In this episode of #hrtechtalks, we chat with Cary Sparrow, CEO of Greenwich.HR,…

New Findings on Worker Preferences, HR Jobs, and More #HRTechTalks

Frictionless Recruiting with MapRecruit on #HRTechTalks

Getting Comfortable with Data: featuring Salary.com on #HRTechTalks

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Personalization and Wellness: How AI Supports Wellbeing at Scale

“You need to have a competitive pay and benefits offering. When you go to do that, the employer ends up paying for a lot of things that go unused just because there’s too much to communicate. What’s just amazing about the time and space we’re in now is you can really use personalization to surface…

Compliance Challenges? You’re Not Alone: Featuring ThinkHR/MammothHR on HR Tech Talks

Since the start of this year, multiple new laws have passed that change responsibilities for employers, and that’s just a small sample of the overall changes in the workplace over the last few years. Even when you’re focusing on those evolving requirements, it can be overwhelming to decipher what applies to your company and how to adopt the new regulations.

In this discussion on HR Tech Talks, I am going to chat with Nathan Christensen, CEO of Mammoth/ThinkHR about why navigating compliance is a critical skill set for HR leaders and how his team supports this need for the business (without breaking the bank).

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Solving Pay Equity and Comp Challenges: Featuring Curo Compensation on HR Tech Talks

More and more companies across the globe are attempting to tackle the pay equity issue, but it’s not always easy if you don’t have the right tools to support the process. In some brand new research at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, we found that compensation technology is not only becoming more powerful, but it’s becoming a staple of the HR leader’s toolbox for navigating pay decisions across the board.

In this episode, I’m talking with Ruth Thomas of Curo Compensation about how this company has exploded into the scene of compensation management tools. We’ll also cover the firm’s priority focus on pay equity and how it is helping employers to create a fair and equitable playing field when it comes to pay.

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Embracing Flexibility in Your Talent System: PeopleFluent on HR Tech Talks

When HR technology first became a “thing,” tools were rigid and structured. Today, some tools are still that way, but others have taken the opposite approach: they allow employers to customize and tailor the settings and capabilities around their unique and specific needs.

In our 2020 research, we found that 97% of firms that say they are adaptable also say that their HR technology plays a key part in that flexibility.

In this episode of HR Tech Talks, I’m going to talk with Stephen Bruce of PeopleFluent about how his firm has adopted this approach and how it results in better customer relationships, stronger capabilities that fit each client’s needs, and deep expertise in talent. We’ll touch on talent mobility, talent analytics, and the need for a flexible system to meet the needs of an agile organization.

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Technology Reviews

HR Tech Awards 2024: Winners Announced

By Ben Eubanks

In our daily work with talent leaders and solution providers, we run into some incredible technology. Some of the tools available to organizations right now help them hire, develop, and retain their people, and the platforms and systems are amazing in their ability to support intelligent decisions, personalized actions, and more. According to some sources,…

2023 Recap: A Turbulent Year with Significant M&A Changes in the HR Technology Market

By Ben Eubanks

Our annual reporting on M&A in the HR technology space is one of our most popular pieces of content year after year (see our 2022 version here). We look at some of the many announcements that happen over the course of the year, flag some key ones, and identify any big trends that seem to…

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Trusaic 2023 HR Tech Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Trusaic is a workplace equity technology company committed to advancing social good by helping organizations achieve pay equity, foster a more diverse and inclusive workforce, assist economically disadvantaged individuals with finding work, and ensure employee access to affordable healthcare. Trusaic’s mission is to create a better working world through data-driven, people-centered technology…

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SmartRank 2023 HR Tech Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company SmartRank is a Non-Traditional Productivity-ATS that completely automates the job applicant screening process, stack-ranks and filters those applicants, and gives hiring managers exactly what they’re looking for without using/needing a résumé. This saves time, increases hiring quality, and reduces both hiring manager frustration and recruiter workload. SmartRank was originally founded in April…

isolved HCM Connect Conference: Serious Growth, Aggressive Roadmap, and a Critical AI Strategy

By Ben Eubanks

This week I spent time in beautiful Palm Springs at the isolved Connect user conference. If you’re not familiar with the name, isolved HCM’s hot pink brand is spreading quickly across the nation as they pick up customers, build out the product, and celebrate their increased successes in recent years. See my notes from the…

Ceridian Rebrands to Dayforce, Launches Range of New Features and Strategic Efforts

By Ben Eubanks

Fall for analysts like us in the HR technology space equates to travel season, with industry conferences and technology user conferences happening on a weekly basis between August and November. This week is Ceridian’s Insights conference in Las Vegas. Ceridian has been known for its Dayforce product for many years (the company has a 30…

2023 Compensation Data and Technology Buyer’s Guide and Landscape Report [New Research]

By Ben Eubanks

Every other year our team takes a deep dive into the world of compensation. We look at all of the top technology providers. We gather data from a wide variety of employers to understand how they are using data and technology to support comp practices. And we ultimately write the industry’s most in-depth research report…

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SkyHive 2023 HR Tech Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company SkyHive is a Certified B Corporation and software provider of global workforce intelligence technology, optimizing labor market efficiencies in real-time for companies, communities, and national economies. Like the DNA of the human genome was coded, SkyHive has coded human capability. By doing so, governments, large enterprises, and educational institutions can reskill the…

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Schoox 2023 HR Tech Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Schoox is workplace learning software with a people-first twist. For organizations with frontline, remote, and corporate learners who need an engaged and skilled workforce ready to take on the new challenges of their evolving business, Schoox is an award-winning learning management and talent development company. This SaaS solution delivers social-, mobile-, and…

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Jobvite 2023 HR Tech Awards Case Study

By Ben Eubanks

About the Company Jobvite, an Employ Inc. brand, is a purpose-built proven talent acquisition (TA) solution built to innovate, scale, and solve the hiring complexities within sophisticated organizations across the entire TA lifecycle. Jobvite’s Evolve Talent Acquisition Suite is a comprehensive TA solution, empowering teams to address challenges across the entire talent acquisition lifecycle. The…

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4 Critical Skills for the Modern Payroll Practitioner

By Ben Eubanks

Of all the disciplines within HR, payroll is often given short shrift. It’s arguably the most essential component of how employees interact with the company, but it’s not “exciting” and therefore gets little attention in the industry. Let’s change that. Let’s stop assuming that payroll is where the least qualified HR people end up. Let’s…

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Cornerstone Connect 2024: Acquisitions, Product Releases, and More

By Ben Eubanks

In the last year, most of the conversations I’ve had with employers around trends have come down to two big themes: skills and AI. Today, I had a chance to hear from the team at Cornerstone at Cornerstone Connect 2024 about some of the company’s future, and it is deeply tied to both of those…

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Quality of Hire is Critical: How to Make it Count

By Ben Eubanks

Recently there’s been a considerable amount of discussion on LinkedIn about this concept called “talent density.” Essentially it means that employers have to ensure that they have a high-quality workforce (a high concentration, or density, of top performers). In my opinion it’s just another name for quality of hire, the top metric that talent acquisition…

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2024 Talent Acquisition Trends: What’s New and What’s Next [Report]

By Ben Eubanks

Every year I look forward to our team’s survey and analysis of the talent acquisition market, because it’s a space that moves quickly and has a tremendous amount of innovation both in the technologies as well as the practices that employers use to create successful outcomes. This year’s report is no exception, highlighting what is…

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Talent Acquisition Trends Study: Top Insights Employers Must Know [Webinar]

By Ben Eubanks

When speaking with a talent acquisition leader recently, he mentioned that some of the challenges his team is facing have been the same ones that he’s faced at other organizations for over a decade. While that may be true, there are also many companies that are overcoming obstacles and creating hiring outcomes that are positive…

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HR Tech Awards 2024: Winners Announced

By Ben Eubanks

In our daily work with talent leaders and solution providers, we run into some incredible technology. Some of the tools available to organizations right now help them hire, develop, and retain their people, and the platforms and systems are amazing in their ability to support intelligent decisions, personalized actions, and more. According to some sources,…

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IAMPHENOM 2024: Supporting High-Volume Hiring with Tailored Solutions

By Ben Eubanks

Our latest research studies on learning and hiring are separate efforts that overlap on one critical aspect: skills. I’ve heard both of those sides of the equation at two different conferences over the last 48 hours, and it’s one that more and more employers are examining or fully committing to. This week I have been…

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2024 Talent Acquisition Trends Research Livestream: What to Expect

By Ben Eubanks

The first study our team ever began to do year over year was focused on talent acquisition. We gathered data from employers on their biggest priorities and challenges in order to help talent leaders to make better decisions. This year, our 2024 Talent Acquisition Trends study covers more than 1,200 employers and 1,000 candidates from…

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6+ Generative AI Applications in Talent Acquisition Today [Infographic]

By Ben Eubanks

Generative AI. It’s the topic in what seems like every conference agenda, presentation, and headline today. But so much of it is focused on things like ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini (formerly Google Bard). However, there are a few “flavors” of generative AI being used by talent acquisition and HR teams today: Off-the-shelf public systems like…

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4 Research-Backed Actions to Engage and Convert More Candidates

By Ben Eubanks

The data points are clear: candidate expectations today have evolved, and if you’re not staying on top of those changes, you may be missing out on the very best talent in the market. Based on our proprietary research from more than 2,500 candidates in the last two years, here are four practical things you can…

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RPO Buyer Study: Key Findings and Preferences [New Research]

By Ben Eubanks

Each year we partner with the RPO Association to produce a research study to examine and understand how the recruitment process outsourcing market is changing, what buyers expect, and the realities of the current landscape. Our latest report was recently released featuring findings from more than 500 RPO buyers, and it’s currently available at no…

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Case Study Report: The Value of Company Culture in the Age of AI

By Ben Eubanks

In a world where technology reigns supreme, we must not forget the heart of our organizations—the culture. The beating heart of company culture guides our values, beliefs, and actions towards a higher purpose. Fulfillment, communication, trust, and diversity form the cornerstones of a transformative culture that fuels growth and fulfillment in the workplace. By championing…

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Recruiting Automation: Employer and Candidate Preferences [Infographic]

By Ben Eubanks

The world of recruitment is undergoing a seismic shift, thanks in no small part to advancements in artificial intelligence and automation. Recent data from our Lighthouse Research & Advisory Talent Acquisition Trends study underscores this transformation, revealing some thought-provoking trends. First, employers are now 41% more likely to report increased efficiencies in talent acquisition due…

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Speed Counts in Hiring: How to Shorten Cycle Times and Increase Candidate Satisfaction [Infographic]

By Ben Eubanks

Today, creating a positive candidate experience is not just a nice-to-have; it’s a must-do. Recent data points from Lighthouse Research & Advisory studies offer a compelling insight into why this is more important now than ever: Two out of the top three reasons candidates ghost employers are directly tied to speed and hiring workflows. A…

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Hiring Assessments: Do Employers and Candidates See Eye to Eye? [Infographic]

By Ben Eubanks

Updated January 2024 with new data from Q3 2023 Hiring assessments have gone through many iterations and evolutions since the days I was using them to screen high potential hires during my recruiting days. I remember having to stop the hiring process, send candidates a separate link to create an account and complete an assessment,…

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