What is posting period?

In Custom Roles, posting period is the number of days that a job posting remains online before it expires or is removed.

What can I use this data for?

You can use posting period to assess the ease or difficulty you may face in filling a role. The longer that similar jobs stay online, the more difficult we expect it will be to find a candidate for the position.

Why does Custom Roles have its own AboutTheData documentation?

For certain metrics, our methodologies differ significantly between Custom Roles and our self-service platforms, Plan and Recruit.

Generally, Custom Roles reports provide labor market data on locations that aren’t available in Plan or Recruit, or on roles that are too niche to be represented by job posting data. Because of this, we sometimes rely on different sources and more manual processes to calculate labor market metrics. We therefore don’t recommend comparing data between Custom Roles and Recruit or Plan.

What is the methodology for posting period?

The posting period data we provide through Custom Roles comes from the Recruit platform. Learn more about posting period in Recruit.

Posting period is based on demand (job posting) data. We monitor job postings from thousands of sources, including job boards, corporate sites, partner feeds, news sites, staffing websites, and applicant tracking systems. 

Whenever we visit a source, we compare its current job postings with the batch of postings we harvested from our previous visit and identify those that no longer appear on the source. These expired job postings make up the dataset we use to calculate posting period. 

We calculate the number of days that 75% closed postings that match your criteria were online for during the past year. We believe that the 75th percentile is more reflective of the recruiter’s experience than the average or median.

If demand data for a location is unavailable through Recruit, we investigate local sources to calculate posting period.