In August 2016, we surveyed 16 organisations in the effective altruism community about their hiring needs, and to what extent they are constrained by talent compared to funding.
What follows is a summary of the results, grouped by question asked. You can see the list of organisations surveyed in the footnotes.
Note that since the survey was carried out over six months ago, some of the information may no longer be up to date. We intend to repeat the survey in August 2017, and will report back on how the situation has changed.
What types of talent does your organisation need?
Here are the options provided on the survey, along with the number of organisations which stated that they were looking to hire people for these roles:
(Note that this table is not weighted by budget or team size, although we do not expect that this would materially affect the results.)
In open feedback, several respondents also mentioned that the community is most in need of specialist researchers rather than generalist researchers. Some other skill sets which were not included as options, but which were mentioned more than twice in the open feedback include:
- Economists, in 3 cases.
- Math and AI researchers, in 2 cases.
- Policy experts, in 2 cases.
- Scientists, especially biologists, in 3 cases.
Also see the longer list of skill sets needed by the community at the end of this summary.