Recent findings of the British Noras study have revealed that “76% – of UK based online job seekers would relocate overseas to improve their career prospects and would also be prepared to take a course or train to find a new role. (…) Interestingly, the most likely job seekers to relocate overseas are Directors or Senior Managers, who constitute nearly one fifth of the total number prepared to relocate. In contrast, those who are prepared to take a course or train to improve their career prospects are more likely to hold more junior positions, constituting 37% of this category.”
Well, that’s good news for international companies who recruit talent from abroad.
Another survey, the E-Recruitment research made by Personnel Today, states that current recruitment budgets – even though in decrease – were rather spent on web-based methods than on traditional media such as press or headhunters for example. The survey had been carried out among more than 400 HR and board level directors.
Apart from that, “online methods proved far more popular. Two-thirds (66%) of HR professionals surveyed said the jobs section of their own company websites were used as a recruitment tool for most jobs, while 22% used this to promote some jobs, with just 12% never using this method. Online jobs boards such as totaljobs.com were also popular, used by a third of respondents (32%) for most jobs, and by 42% for some.”
However, Web 2.0 services such as social networking sites, blogs, Twitter & Co. are not yet in strong use to find candidates but their usage is likely to increase over the next two years.
Conclusion: the internet recruitment industry will continue to grow and benefits from the economic crisis. I wonder whether this trend is going to be confirmed once everything is back to normal.