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Technology is crucial driver in record employment for Brits

Technology is crucial driver in record employment for Brits

Employment figures hit a record high this week as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 29.7 million Brits are now in work, the highest since June 2011. MyResourcer’s Bradley Placks suggests that technology has played a crucial role in this upturn, particularly for finding the right people for the right roles.

Placks, who is Founder of MyResourcer, said: “We are relishing the success of the recruitment sector despite the slow growth in the economy. While there are several other factors that could be influencing the figure – including a great 2012 for many industries with the Olympic Games as well as increased government support for SMEs and start-ups – the recruitment industry has come a long way since an ad in the local paper, a highlighter pen and a covering letter.”

He said: “IT is no longer the reserve of businesses, and we as individuals are now connected 24/7, which has made a hugely positive impact on recruitment and HR. The effect of social media on all our lives means that those both searching for roles – whether recruiters or candidates – and those looking for skilled people to fill those roles, now have access to the biggest database possible. Even looking back to June 2011 when figures started to dip recruitment has changed significantly.”

“Recruiters' primary goal is to increase their interview to placement ratio, and typically this focused on generating client employer business,” Placks added. “Whilst this is still absolutely essential to the bottom line, advances in technology in just a few short years have enhanced the way that recruiters generate client and candidate leads" 

He said: “Both LinkedIn and Facebook in particular have introduced new features to assist both the job hunter and the recruiter in their searches. LinkedIn now enables the rearranging of a profile to better target employers, and Facebook’s new Graph Search will let recruiters find people based on geographical location, interests and employment status.”

He concluded: “Being constantly online as we are today means that larger numbers of candidates are much more accessible at any time, any place, and now they are increasingly likely to expect to be able to look for placement opportunities in more ways than ever before.”

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