Half of all firms now recruit via Net

More
than half of all employers are using the Internet to recruit potential
candidates, according to the CIPD’s fifth annual recruitment survey.

More
than 55 per cent of the 250 HR professionals surveyed claim their company uses the
Net to recruit employees, a rise of more than 10 per cent on 2000.

But
the survey, launched today at the CIPD’s Recruitment Conference in London, also
shows that many employers feel they are duplicating work in using both the
Internet and traditional recruitment methods to recruit.

Imogen
Daniels, the CIPD’s resourcing and development adviser, said, "Employers
are using the Internet so they do not miss out on potential candidates,
especially with the tight labour market.

"After
the honeymoon period of a couple of years ago, when recruiters thought the
Internet would revolutionise recruitment, they are now more wary. Some believe
that time is being wasted on sifting through completely unsuitable candidates."

More
than 62 per cent now use the Web to recruit for professionals.

But
there has been a 13 per cent drop between 1999 and 2000 in the number of
employers recruiting skilled manual workers, to 35 per cent.

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