Swansea Council is the first local authority in Wales to recruit staff online.
The council has received 10 per cent (150) of its applications via the internet since its introduction last month.
The authority advertises job vacancies on its website and allows prospective employees to apply online via a standardised application form. A hard copy form can also be requested and then posted. Successful applicants are invited in for an interview and go through an assessment centre before a recruitment decision is made.
The scheme has proved so successful that the council wants to extend the programme by putting its assessment centre online and introducing online interviewing.
John Williams, assistant director of management service, including responsibility for HR, said the move has increased the council's recruitment pool.
He said: "We are attracting different applicants than before - even from the US. The online process means we are attracting more competent IT staff. The quality of applications is also better as applicants are thinking harder about their answers."
Williams said the online move has cost nothing to introduce and has a minimal running cost.