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Jobsite publish latest Online Recruitment Market Tracker Report

Quarterly independent research reveals changes in recruiter & job seeker behaviour

Jobsite’s latest Online Recruitment Quarterly Market Tracker reveals:

  • More companies are recruiting, with significant growth in the number of vacancies advertised by SMEs

  • An element of uncertainty sees businesses being cautious with their recruitment

  • Online job boards remain the most popular way for people to look for a new job

11 August 2010 – Leading online recruiter Jobsite.co.uk release their latest Online Recruitment Market Tracker Report detailing changes in recruiter and job seeker behaviour. Carried out on a quarterly basis by an independent research agency the latest report is available to download for free HERE.
The report shows that an air of caution remains with businesses looking to recruit. Whilst more companies are recruiting overall, fewer vacancies are being advertised, suggesting that it is still critical hires that are being made rather than widespread recruitment. Interestingly, it is SME’s that have made the biggest change in recruitment with 11% more advertising vacancies in this wave of research then in February 2010.
Businesses are also looking to return to more tried and tested recruitment methods with adverts in newspapers, on job boards or in trade publications, the most likely considered options for recruitment and a sharp decline in using social networking websites or business networks. This is reflected in how people are looking for jobs, with the most popular method being online job boards and both social networking and career fairs experiencing declines. With the latest wave of research taking place after the general election, it could be that the changes in government have resulted in some of this cautiousness.
Both businesses and job seekers are looking for a simple, ‘no-frills’ service from job boards but whereas recruiters tend to remain focused on using one job board, candidates are more likely to use several different ones. The latest research shows an 8% increase in candidates using between three and five job boards.  This is in line with businesses wanting to minimise recruitment costs and candidates feeling they have a greater chance of finding a job by spreading their net wide.
Keith Potts, MD of Jobsite.co.uk, comments; “The Online Recruitment Quarterly Market Tracker report is an invaluable piece of independent research detailing how both recruiters and job seekers are changing their behaviour. It helps to show the true effects that factors such as the recession or a new government have on job hunting and recruiting. It’s fascinating to see both the similarities and differences between the two audiences and by gaining a better understanding of their changing attitudes and behaviour it means we can do a better job at meeting their needs.”
The Jobsite Online Recruitment Quarterly Market Tracker is available to download now for free: CLICK HERE. The next Online Recruitment Quarterly Market Tracker will be available from Autumn 2010.