Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) latest report paints a favourable employment picture for IT professionals. By and large, IT professionals are faring well with 24.7% of respondents experiencing some form of unemployment at some stage in the last five years – down from 29% of respondents in 2007.
An interesting finding from the ACS report is how IT professionals rate the effectiveness of different channels to find jobs. Respondents were asked to rate, on a scale of 1 to 4 (1 being the best), the best source of jobs from four choices – recruitment agencies, newspapers, networking/word of mouth and the Internet. Judging from the graph below (the report does not provide respondents exact numbers or percentages) the Internet ranked highly as a channel for finding jobs. It’s interesting that word of mouth and networking are rated low by a significant number of respondents, while recruitment firms are ranked higher.
A similar study in 2008 by Hudson found jobseekers in Australia, on average, use more than five different channels to find a job. With the majority using popular channels like job boards, print media, recruitment firms and corporate websites.
Obviously, other channels to find jobs exists. Social media alone offers a world of new possibilities. Factor in different types of professions, industry sectors and regional variables, and it’s not difficult to imagine that numerous channels for finding jobs, those not identified by existing studies, will exist.
In the recent Sources of Talent report 20 different channels to find talent was identified. It would be interesting to see how each channel performs from the perspective of a job seeker. As information on employment opportunities become pervasive and easily accessible, job seekers’ behaviour will increasingly be scrutinised (at least by me).