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2 In 3 Companies Plan To Expand Creative Teams In First Half Of 2020, Survey Finds
- Web and mobile development remains top area for hiring, according to The Creative Group research
- 86% of advertising and marketing managers report challenges with recruiting talent
- 61% of employers say retaining staff is more difficult compared to one year ago

MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The job market awaiting creative and marketing professionals in the new year is a good one, research from staffing firm The Creative Group suggests. According to the latest State of Creative Hiring data, 67% of advertising and marketing managers anticipate expanding their team in the first half of 2020. In addition, 69% of employers plan to increase the number of freelancers they use, a 7-point jump from six months ago.

Research from The Creative Group reveals in-demand creative skills for the first half of 2020. For additional information, visit

According to the data, web and mobile development will still be the top area for recruiting among advertising and marketing managers. Survey respondents also cited the following technical skills as immediately needed for their company:

  1. Digital strategy
  2. Content creation and content marketing; social media management*
  3. Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  4. Data science, data analysis and A/B testing
  5. User interface design
    *Denotes a tie.

View a slideshow of The Creative Group's State of Creative Hiring research.

"To keep up with changes in technology and consumer behavior, businesses seek people with a passion and commitment to improving customer experiences and driving growth through digital innovation," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of The Creative Group. "Companies are increasingly hiring professionals with expertise in areas such as data analytics, demand generation, automation and artificial intelligence."

Recruiting and Retention Challenges
A majority of advertising and marketing managers (86%) said it's somewhat or very challenging to locate the creative talent they seek. The research also shows it's becoming harder for organizations to hold on to creative and marketing staff. Roughly 6 in 10 advertising and marketing managers (61%) surveyed said employee retention is more difficult now compared to one year ago.

Additional findings:

  • Over half of respondents (51%) said unexpectedly losing a highly skilled team member would have a significant, adverse impact on their business because they'd be hard to replace.
  • Fifty-five percent reported they experience the highest turnover among employees with three to eight years of experience.
  • The most common retention strategies cited by advertising and marketing managers were offering better benefits (48%) and improving professional training and development (44%).

"As the unemployment rate remains near historic lows, improving staff engagement and retention is more important than ever," Domeyer noted. "In-demand professionals know they have options and expect more from employers, including a competitive compensation and benefits package, opportunities for career growth and advancement, and recognition for their hard work."

About the Research
The online survey was developed by The Creative Group and conducted by a leading independent research firm. It is based on responses from 400 advertising and marketing managers who work full time at companies with 20 or more employees in the United States.

About The Creative Group
The Creative Group (TCG) specializes in connecting creative, digital, marketing, advertising and public relations talent with the best companies on a project, contract-to-hire and full-time basis. For more information, including job hunting services and candidate portfolios, visit

SOURCE The Creative Group

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