Eight out of 10 employers have taken steps to cut their recruitment costs over the past 12 months, according to a survey by Personnel Today's sister publication, Employment Review.
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Although the study found that many organisations were trying to save money by shifting the bulk of their recruitment activity from printed material to online media, substantial numbers have been spurred on by budget pressures to review the whole of their hiring process.
The study also found that many employers were continuing to place more emphasis on a range of activities that few rated as particularly effective.
However, based on detailed responses from 68 organisations, which together employ more than 317,000 people, the report found that moves to make greater use of online recruitment were both the most widespread change, introduced by 44% of organisations, as well as being the most effective.
Two other changes that had been widely adopted were the appointment of a dedicated recruitment manager or recruitment team (used by 42% of organisations) and a gr