As the leader in national security hiring and cleared recruiting trends, ClearanceJobs recently released our Cleared Recruiting Guide – it unpacks things like average time to hire, average cost to hire, and other hiring and recruiting statistics cleared companies should know.

Data is more important than ever, and recruiting teams who are looking to compete are keeping track of their turnover rates, top reasons for candidates to quit, average sign-on bonuses and other metrics. But while some figures and hiring averages exist through human resources organizations, tapping into figures specific to the cleared recruiting community has always been difficult.

That’s why ClearanceJobs recently surveyed companies with cleared hiring needs and released all of the results in our exclusive 2021 Cleared Recruiting Guide.

Download the 2021 Cleared Recruiting Guide

Candidate attraction is key in today’s highly competitive recruiting environment, so knowing what motivates a candidate to move and which benefits are most important is key intel in the hiring process. When leaving a company for a new position, recruiters reported compensation as the driving factor 56% of the time. In contrast, when it comes to the benefit candidates are most frequently asking about in the interview, remote work topped the list. What seems clear is that compensation is still the driver, but recruiters need to be armed with information about remote work options in order to get a cleared candidate to hop in the car and take the opportunity for a test drive. Candidates are also increasingly interested in learning which percentage of work can be conducted remotely. Few cleared professionals expect 100% remote options, but most are expecting some increase in flexibility post-pandemic.

Other statistics available in the Cleared Recruiting Guide include:

  • Average sign-on bonus (Tip: the largest was $25,000 and the lowest was $500).
  • Turnover and retention rates.
  • Average number of requisitions a cleared recruiter hires for in a month.
  • Average number of applications per requisition.
  • Average cost-to-hire (Surprise! 75% of companies aren’t tracking this figure).
  • Average time-to-hire by position.

Knowledge is power. So arm yourself with the metrics from other companies and see how your recruiting team stacks up.


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Evan H. Lesser is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Before founding ClearanceJobs, Mr. Lesser managed technical projects with CACI for the U.S. Navy's Science and Technology directorate at the Pentagon, and for the Joint Technology Panel on Electronic Warfare. Previously, he worked for Boeing on its Reserve Component Automation System program for the U.S. Army in metro Washington, DC. Mr. Lesser has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Georgia in Athens, and lives and works in the Atlanta metropolitan area.