Evenbase publishes latest Recruitment Review

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

Evenbase Quarterly Recruitment Review Summer 2012

Just as candidates rate CV uploading highly over innovations such as applying for jobs via social media, businesses are focused on no-frills services that they know get the job done, rather than invest time and money in added extras.

Evenbase’s latest Quarterly Recruitment Review reveals:

  • The average number of vacancies advertised has risen from 5.7 to 7.7 per business
  • 70% of vacancies are advertised online
  • CV uploads grew by 9% this quarter
  • 43% of jobseekers think that their job situation is worse than it was a year ago
  • Job boards remain businesses’ number one method for finding staff
  • Businesses are focused on no-frills job board services, rather than added extras.

Global digital recruitment group Evenbase releases its latest Quarterly Recruitment Review (Summer 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: http://www.evenbase.com/RecruitmentReviewSummer2012

Evenbase’s Quarterly Recruitment Review indicates a welcome boost in recruitment compared to the Spring. While not all businesses are hiring, those that are, seem to be hiring more people – the average number of vacancies advertised per business jumped significantly this quarter, from 5.7 to 7.7 . Of the business types surveyed, more SoHo businesses (10-49 employees) are trying to fill vacancies this quarter, whilst SMEs and Corporates remain more cautious in their hiring activity.

The percentage of online vacancies reported also grew, from 54% last quarter to 70% in the current research and 9% more employers reported using job boards than newspapers ads, the biggest gap we’ve seen yet. These are clear indications that the recruitment industry is placing more faith in online resources and is reflected by online job boards continuing to be the most popular resource with both job seekers and businesses.

However, the size of a business inevitably has a big impact on the recruitment methods it favours. For example, SoHos reported a reliance on personal and social networks, their most used method by some distance and almost twice the number reported in the corporate world, which favours recruitment agencies above all else.

Despite the reported increase in advertised vacancies, few job seekers feel positive about their job outlook this quarter, with 43% now feeling that their job situation is worse than it was a year ago. However there is an uplift in outlook for younger respondents, with a quarter of 23-30 year olds reporting a more upbeat view of their current jobs.

This quarter’s most visible trend for candidates is a marked upturn in the number of people uploading CVs to job boards as CV uploads grew by 9% this quarter; demonstrating more confidence in the power of job boards rather than direct approaches to get job seekers the results they need.

Mike Wall, MD of Evenbase’s Job Boards division, comments; “In difficult economic times, both businesses and candidates want to keep things simple. Just as candidates rate CV uploading highly over innovations such as applying for jobs via social media, businesses are focused on no-frills services that they know get the job done, rather than invest time and money in added extras. The basic features actually being used by businesses seem to have taken a slight upturn, with vacancy advertising at its highest level since last summer and the use of job boards to display print adverts nearly doubling from 6% to 11%.”

Wall continues, “Although some companies appear to be advertising significantly more vacancies than they did last quarter, their efforts are not being rewarded with a corresponding lift in mood among job seekers. It will be interesting to see if a delayed response to the vacancy increase combined with the national mood boost from the Olympics will see an uplift in candidate confidence in the next Evenbase Quarterly Recruitment Review”

The Evenbase Quarterly Recruitment Review (Summer 2012) is available to download now for free: http://www.evenbase.com/RecruitmentReviewSummer2012. The next Quarterly Recruitment Review will be available in November 2012.

Notes to editors:
About the research: Evenbase’s quarterly review is based on in-depth, independent online research among 500 job seekers and 200 recruiters, carried out by market research agency HPI in April and May 2012. Respondents are selected from a third-party database of job seekers and businesses, with a 50/50 split of male & female respondents, as well as a good spread across factors such as age, location, sector and salary. This spread is maintained consistently across the research each quarter, so that the findings can be compared with confidence.

Job seekers are split approximately 50/50 between active and passive candidates. Active is defined as anyone who is attending interviews or has taken steps to find a new job, such as looking at relevant vacancies. Passive is defined as anyone who is considering or open to switching jobs, but has not yet taken any action.

Business respondents are selected according to business type as follows:

  • 50 recruitment decision-makers from SoHos (10-49 employees)
  • 75 recruitment decision-makers from SMEs (50-249 employees)
  • 75 recruitment decision-makers from corporate organisations (250+ employees)

About Evenbase (http://www.evenbase.com): Evenbase is a global digital recruitment group which includes flagship brands such as Jobrapido, Broadbean, Jobsite and OilCareers, and technology partnerships such as NHS Jobs, Northcliffe Media and Johnston Press. We discover and develop intelligent recruitment services that revolutionise the matching of talent with opportunity and make the recruitment process better for everyone involved. This focus drives synergies between our four business areas of Job boards, Business solutions, Recruitment software and New ventures. Our portfolio currently spans 55 countries, includes a network of over 60 recruitment sites and employs more than 330 people. We have offices in North America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Australia, with aggressive plans in place for further expansion. Evenbase is part of A&N Media (http://www.and.co.uk), the consumer media division of DMGT plc.

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