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Evenbase publish latest Recruitment Review

Evenbase publish latest Recruitment Review

Quarterly independent research reveals changes in recruiter & job seeker behaviour for Spring 2012

Evenbase’s latest Quarterly Recruitment Review reveals:

•              Job boards remain businesses’ number one method for finding staff

•              27% fall in the number of vacancies advertised

•              Businesses report a 6% drop in the use of recruitment agencies

•              Job seekers are proactively preparing themselves for the competitive job market and want innovations from job boards to support them.

Global digital recruitment group Evenbase release their latest Quarterly Recruitment Review (Spring 2012), detailing changes in UK recruiter and job seeker behaviour. Conducted on a quarterly basis by an independent research agency, the latest report is available to download for free now:

Evenbase’s Quarterly Recruitment Review indicates that few job seekers feel positive about their job outlook this quarter, potentially a result of the 27% fall in the number of vacancies advertised (from 7.87 per business respondent surveyed last quarter to 5.74 in Spring 2012).

With fewer vacancies to fill, employers have demonstrated a significant rise in the use of targeted trade magazines in their recruitment advertising, but in contrast 6% less job seekers admit to using such trade publications in their job hunt suggesting this niche trend may not continue into the next quarter.

Perhaps a more balanced sentiment between businesses and job seekers can be seen in the positive slant towards online recruitment for both parties. Job boards remain the number one method for finding staff and jobs, continuing on the trend from Winter 2011-12. Businesses surveyed in Evenbase’s latest Quarterly Recruitment Review revealed a 6% drop in the use of Recruitment Agencies, a combination perhaps of the lower numbers of advertised vacancies available and cautious HR departments looking to consolidate and minimise recruitment spend as competitive pricing remains the most important factor when choosing a job board.

Job seekers remain proactive in their job hunt, with 63% of candidates registering on 2-5 job boards to find the right job for them (up 13% from last quarter). However there has been a significant shift in a much more selective job hunt, as the number of job seekers using 5 or more job boards has dropped by half.

This quarter’s results show an interesting development in job seekers desires that could prompt a wave of innovation amongst online recruitment businesses. Candidates want more from job boards than just job searching functionality, with 45% of candidates requesting job boards to offer more company information and industry trends in order to form winning cover letters and impress at interview in an increasingly competitive jobs market. This desire to stand out from the competition could also be behind the 9% rise in candidates sending their CVs directly to companies that interest them.

Mike Wall, MD of Evenbase’s Job Boards division, comments “This is the 14th wave of our quarterly research, and the first to be published under the Evenbase brand. The findings show a slow and cautious start to recruitment in 2012. Nonetheless, there are some encouraging signs that people are still prepared to consider moving jobs, despite a fall in the number of overall vacancies. In particular, many job seekers are looking for ways to stay competitive in a difficult market, and they seem to have some specific companies in mind for their next move. Both are indications that there may yet be increased activity in 2012. To support job seekers and businesses Evenbase is committed to making sure that our online job boards, including brands such as Jobsite, OilCareers and CityJobs make finding a new job, or new staff, as quick and easy as possible. Hopefully the Summer 2012 Quarterly Recruitment Review will reveal a more universally positive picture.”

The Evenbase Quarterly Recruitment Review (Spring 2012) is available to download now for free: The next Quarterly Recruitment Review will be available from Summer 2012.


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