We’ve just published the Winter 2012/13 Evenbase Quarterly Recruitment Review of changing UK recruiter and jobseeker behaviour, which includes some interesting insights into how you are approaching the job market.
Key findings are:
- The average number of advertised vacancies rose to 7.8 per business, the highest figure of 2012
- Vacancy growth is being driven by SME businesses (50-249 employees)
- Almost two-thirds of vacancies are advertised online
- 76% of jobseekers now own a smartphone
- 50% now use social & business networks as part of the job search
It was good to see the uplift in vacancies in this latest research which we hope will bode well for 2013. There was a noticeable shift during 2012 towards temporary and contract roles, with these now accounting for 55% of the total.
There were also increasing signs that job seekers were using a combination of digital, social and mobile approaches in the hunt for new roles.
83% of you cite job boards as your most considered job search method…the highest figure since we started our research four years ago. The number using company websites as a way to keep tabs on new openings and developments was similarly high, showing digital routes to be by far the most popular. This is just as well as two-thirds of vacancies are now advertised online!
For businesses there was a rise in usage of newspaper ads – probably due in part to the increase in hiring by SMEs, who often favour more traditional mediums of recruitment advertising.
Social and personal networks are now very much part of the job hunt. The latest research shows that 50% of jobseekers now use this route. Businesses also showed higher levels of using personal, social and business networks, again primarily driven by the desire of smaller SMEs to utilise a range of approaches to find new talent.
Jobseekers love mobile! 76% of you now have a smartphone (up from 43% in February 2010) and nearly a third of you want mobile versions of job boards. 40% use their phones as part of the job hunt…with job ads, research on companies and location searches being the most popular activities.
Back in early 2010, almost exactly half of respondents said that they didn’t use their phones for watching sports, reading news, playing games or searching for jobs. That number is just 13% now, and even that may strike some of you as shockingly high!
Despite the increase in print advertising, businesses are still heavily using digital channels to advertise and search.
As we mentioned earlier, two-thirds of roles are advertised online and the two job board features that are most used by businesses continue to be advertising vacancies and CV searching. And the most desired job board feature strongly remains CV search – clearly underlining the need for job seekers to keep uploading their CVs to get found!
There does seem a slight disconnect between jobseekers and employers in terms of the tools and features that they need and desire from their online resources, so it will be interesting to watch how this develops during 2013.
Download our free Winter 2012-13 Evenbase Quarterly Recruitment Review for further insight and commentary on the changes in jobseeker and recruiter behaviour…and let us know how you are finding the market…
We recently wrote about the results from our latest Quarterly Recruitment Review. Some of the key findings were:
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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:
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?
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 Summer 2012 report has just been published and shows jobseekers adopting a more cautious, passive approach amidst growing concerns that their job situation is worsening. This is in contrast to our previous report which had found a more proactive approach.
Some of the key findings of our new research are:
The rise in online vacancies, coupled with the rise in CV uploads, shows an increasing faith in online resources, with job boards continuing to be the most popular resource for both recruiters and jobseekers. The size of a business does matter though, with smaller companies using personal, business and social networks as their main route to market, thereby underlining the need for jobseekers to have a multi-channel approach to their job hunting. Continue reading “Latest Research Shows Jobseekers Cautious as they Embrace More Online Resources” »
Every quarter we publish a Recruitment Review of jobseekers’ changing attitudes and behaviour, plus business confidence in the recruitment market. It’s produced for us by independent brand tracking agency HPI and helps us to better understand how candidates and recruiters are approaching the job market.
The Winter 2011 Recruitment Review has just been published and it has some interesting findings on the way that Jobseekers are approaching the market: