Ghost work or why companies advertise jobs when they are not hiring

The uncertainty and instability of the market work over the past three years is indisputable, and the reasons are obvious. The 2020 pandemic and the 2022 war in Ukraine have led us to two successive political, social and economic crises which have also clearly affected us at work.

The second half of 2021 was a hopeful time, as it not only looked like he was getting hired again, but the telework had come to stay in some sectors, and that both workers and employers were more aware of the need for work-life balance and well-being.

However, not everything is so positive; what experts have called the great renunciation (After the health debacle, people are unwilling to return to work under conditions they deem unfair) shows that employees have not gained as much bargaining power as it seemed. Another interesting phenomenon in this respect is that of the works phantom: Why, even though the number of job openings has increased so much in the last year, and even though companies say they are eagerly seeking candidates, does it seem that people are not hiring?

the american portal Business Intern was echoed a few weeks ago in this topical debate between experts in management and corporate culture. Some point out that what we have called ghost job or jobs is very common and alarming, and others not so much, but it certainly exists. According to these professionals, many companies publish job offers when they have no intention of hiring, at least in the short term.

The reasons for this phenomenon

Surely you yourself have a friend or a friend who asks for several vacancies every day and does not receive an answer from any, nor from those who have the void after a job interview, although a little later a new offer of the same reappears in the search portals. the article of BI provides several reasons why a company may choose to post a vacancy without claiming to fill it.

First of all, for give the impression that he is growing (even if you prefer to play it safe and not hire). Later, to calm the game when there is frustration among employees (make them believe that the team is renewed). Finally, in order to have a large pool of candidates for high demand jobs (in recent years, those related to technology), to which to turn when one is interested in the more or less near future.

The structural reason for all this takes us back to the beginning of the article: the instability of the labor market. Although employment is gradually recovering, to even higher levels than before the 2020 health crisis, the economic uncertainty of 2022 prevents companies undertake to recruit. In practice, it is more difficult for them to predict workflows and needs, or even the profile of candidates in such a changing environment.

Experts say this affects workers, no less important, who are increasingly frustrated with job searches (think back to the Great Renunciation), and who reject the positions offered to them months after having chosen them, either because they are tired of waiting or because they have found something else. Two realities arise that feed off each other. On the one hand, it is not entirely true that employees have gained power by demonstrating the strength of their work after the health crisis. On the other hand, it will further aggravate the feeling of boredom in them.


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