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Job boards top recruiting tool, says survey

Filed under: Recruitment General — Jonathan on May 28, 2013

Leading global job board jobs.ac.uk has announced results of a recruitment trend survey covering the science, research and academic sectors. Those seeking computer science and information security jobs, or other positions in the aforementioned sectors, would be well advised to ensure that they refer to job boards in their job seeking activities.

The research saw more than 170 organisations surveyed. The results revealed that job boards are now an essential human resources practice, with around 64% of those responding regarding them as a preferred way of recruiting science, research and academic staff.

The jobs.ac.uk marketing manager, Carl Freelove, said the survey results clearly show that this method of recruiting – with specialist jobs boards, in particular – remains an integral aspect of the mix. He explained:

β€œThe research also indicated that a lack of skilled or quality candidates was the biggest challenge for recruiters, which is supported by the majority of respondents using specialist job boards, such as jobs.ac.uk, to find more relevant, better quality jobseekers.”

The survey further discovered that the challenge of attracting talent is still present, with employers believing that insufficiently skilled prospects are the biggest obstacle. Respondents further reported a cut in recruitment budgets, as well as a high volume of competition from fellow employers and a large number of applicants as major issues.

Other key findings included 58% of those responding reporting that they no longer use, or have reduced their use of, print advertising, and 30% naming cutting expenditure as the main recruiting priority.

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