Trends in recruitment change — very often. To ensure we stay in the know, last month jobs.ac.uk conducted an online recruitment survey to better understand recruitment trends across the academic, research, science and related sectors.
The research was also designed to provide recruitment professionals with useful benchmarking information to help make more informed recruitment decisions, such as identifying the most effective candidate-attraction methods.
In April, we asked 172 organisations that are engaged in recruiting academic, research, science and related staff, for their thoughts and feedback on the recruitment landscape and the results are now in!
The top 5 findings from the research
- Job boards continue to be the most effective recruitment tool for recruiters
- Sector specialism, pricing and audience size are the most important factors when choosing a job board
- The lack of skilled/quality candidates is the biggest challenge facing recruiters
- Cost reduction is the biggest recruitment priority for the next 12 months
- The adoption of Applicant Tracking Systems in the sector is still very low
Commenting on the findings, Carl Freelove, Marketing Manager at jobs.ac.uk, said “The numbers in the survey clearly demonstrate that job boards, particularly, specialist job boards, are still an important part of the recruitment mix. The 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.
To read the full survey, download the report for free by clicking the button below: