Internet lures senior-level jobseekers

Senior
managers are increasingly turning to the internet to land themselves the best
jobs at UK companies.

The
web has a reputation as the domain of youngsters and junior staff, but new
research from jobs board Totaljobs.com has found that Britain’s bosses are now
going online.

Analysis
of nearly 10,000 of the site’s jobseekers shows that a third were looking for
work at management level or above. including 100 at CEO level.

According
to the poll the average age of online jobseekers is now 34, with 28 per cent
aged 40 or above. Salaries are also on the rise with applicants getting an
average of £24,460 and 22 per cent earning more than £40,000.

Keith
Robinson, a director at Totaljobs.com said senior staff were now looking for
work online because of its ease of use.

"The
net is now an integral part of the jobseeking process for candidates at all
levels," he said. "Senior positions are now online and recruiters can
access them without having to use consultants."

However,
separate findings from the Recruitment Confidence Index – produced by the
Cranfield School of Management and the Daily Telegraph and supported by
Personnel Today – claimed the growth of online recruitment had stalled.

It
said the number of employers using the web had dipped because many recruiters
felt it was not providing enough good quality candidates.

More
than 31 per cent of respondents said commercial sites had not proved cost
effective and that jobs boards were too general.

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