Job Search Season is Here: These are the Best Places to Work in 2022


January 12, 2022

‘New year, new job’ carries special significance this year as 2022 kicks off amidst a historically tight labor market. Historically, January has featured the busiest week of the year for job seekers. January 2022 is likely to be no different, as many workers will consider joining the Great Resignation and begin looking for a new job. For employers, attracting and retaining top talent continues to be a challenge, as job-seekers are in all likelihood more ready than ever to find a new job at companies that truly prioritize employee well-being and offer a vision of inclusive and inspiring leadership.

January Holds the Busiest Week for Job Searching

Job search activity on Glassdoor historically has increased 28 percent on average from December to January, with job search winding down around the holidays and increasing at the turn of the year. The uptick in job searches this year is likely to be no different as employers compete fiercely for workers. Hiring difficulties persisted through the holidays, encouraging many employers to join the ‘perk-wars’ to attract workers. 

While the winter surge in COVID-19 cases may disrupt job search, January typically holds the busiest week of the year for job seekers. Based on historical Glassdoor data, job search activity typically peaks in mid-to-late-January, with the week of January 23 seeing a spike of 24 percent more activity than in a typical week.

Which Companies Should Employees Consider First?

To help job seekers, Glassdoor today revealed the Employees’ Choice Award recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2022. This year was the most competitive since we began recognizing Best Places to Work in 2009.  We again analyzed employee sentiments and insights across the U.S., the UK, Canada, France and Germany to discover the companies that employees say are really the best. We examined the quantity, quality and consistency of anonymous feedback provided by employees about their jobs, work environments and employers over the past year. The Best Places to Work winners are companies that listen and engage, constantly looking for ways to provide a better workplace experience for their employees.

Prior Glassdoor research revealed that what mattered most to employees before the pandemic still matters greatly: providing an employee-first culture, transparent and high-quality leadership as well as career opportunities for development and advancement within the organization. Companies prioritizing these qualities are heavily concentrated in the tech space, with 40 tech employers on Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work in 2022, including NVIDIA (#1, 4.6 rating out of 5), HubSpot (#2, 4.6) and Box (#5, 4.6). 

As we approach another year of the pandemic, winners of Glassdoor’s 2022 Best Places to Work will be center-stage among employers competing for the best and brightest talent. January’s job search surge will come with ever greater expectations on the part of job seekers, and will continue throughout the year as employees reconsider and reevaluate their relationship with work. Employees are likely to  be less compromising in their demands, and employers looking to attract and maintain a talented, flourishing workforce will succeed by clearly communicating their priorities, policies and positions on issues facing employees.

Methodology

In this research, we examine historical data on job-seeker search activity, finding that January features the busiest week of the year compared to a “typical week”. Using the Prophet package, we calculate a given week’s deviations from a “typical week” baseline using data from 2017 through 2021, isolating the seasonal and holiday effects.

These projections are illustrative, based solely on the seasonal effects and assume no change in the underlying trend, which may or may not hold, especially given the ongoing pandemic and current Omicron surge.

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