Jobseekers more proactive as mobile applications rise

Every quarter we publish a Recruitment Review of jobseekers’ changing attitudes and behaviour, plus business confidence in the recruitment market…it’s produced by independent brand tracking agency HPI and helps to give us a better insight and understanding into how candidates and recruiters are approaching the market.

Our Autumn 2012 report has just been published and whilst it shows a small drop in the number of advertised vacancies, there also seems to be a new proactive spirit amongst jobseekers… in contrast to our previous report which had found a more cautious approach.

Here are some of the key findings:

  • Average number of vacancies advertised per business has fallen from 7.7 to 6.5
  • Number of businesses hiring is now up to 46%, the highest since May 2010
  • 40% increase in temporary and contract roles advertised
  • Job boards are still the main route to market for jobseekers and businesses
  • 11% increase in jobseekers sending CVs direct to employers
  • 34% of jobseekers with smartphones now use them to apply for jobs

After the increase in advertised vacancies that we saw in our last research it’s disappointing to see the number fall back, though it is encouraging news that the number of businesses hiring is now at its highest level for 2 ½ years. The shift towards temporary and contract roles is quite marked this quarter with these vacancies now accounting for 58% of the advertised total.

Whilst job boards remain the number one resource for both jobseekers and hiring companies the way they use them is different – 63% of job seekers use 2 or more boards, whilst 55% of businesses use only 1.

There has also been a shift towards a more proactive approach from jobseekers with an 11% increase in those contacting companies direct and a 6% drop in CV uploads. This is also borne out by a 6% increase in jobseekers using social and business networks such as LinkedIn and Twitter as part of their search.

It could be that CV uploads from jobseekers will increase soon though…the number of businesses using the CV-by-email service has more than doubled since February as they try to keep an eye out for good candidates.

Click on the image below to download and read our Autumn 2012 Evenbase Quarterly Recruitment Review for further insight and commentary on the changes in jobseeker and recruiter behaviour…and let us know how you are approaching the market. Are you being more proactive?