ABOUT JOB BOARDS AND ONLINE RECRUITMENT

ABOUT JOB BOARDS
For the past decade and half, job boards have connected employers and job seekers in Australia. Today, they continue to play a critical role in the employment process.

Australia boasts a colorful job board tapestry, painted by operators of every hue and persuasion. Every conceivable niche – geographic, regional, professional, job type and industry sector – is represented by one or more job board. At any given time, over 250 job boards* of varying size and types are vying for a share of the employment revenue pie.

ROLE AND CONTRIBUTION TO RECRUITMENT
Job boards have been around in Australia since the mid Nineties and all indications are they will continue to play a prominent role in the sourcing of candidates. Essentially, job boards provide a large pool of interested job seekers not readily available elsewhere to advertisers. While alternatives exist, a large number of job boards are thriving, largely because they deliver candidates at a more competitive price point.

According to our study 'Sources of Talent' Job board continues to be the most successful source of talent for employers and recruiters in Australia. 29% of all hires can be traced to job boards in Australia.

Recruitment firms also rely heavily on job boards to ensure a steady flow of candidates. The vast majority of advertisers on job boards are recruiters. The dependence on job boards is a common market character across Australia and New Zealand. A study by the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (RCSA) found that the majority of recruiters used job boards to source candidates - 96% of recruiters in Australia and New Zealand use job boards and 40.2% of talent hired or placed by recruiters came through job boards.

ENDORSEMENT BY JOB SEEKERS
While there are many alternatives channels to look for a job, job seekers continue to endorse job boards. A study by Nielsen found that most Australians (54%) prefer to use classified sites or job boards to find employment related information(source: Nielsen Social Media Report, Wave 3, 2009:2010).

Job boards are one of the most trafficked websites in Australia. According to Nielsen, over 7 million Australians visited the three largest job boards in September. It's no secret that every day thousands of job seekers visited employment realted websites in Australia.



*FIND OUT MORE ABOUT JOB BOARDS
If you wanted to read more about the background and contribution of job boards in Australia download our free annual report -JOB BOARD REPORT 2011.

Also, check out our presentation on job board trends in Australia.