ABOUT JOB BOARDS AND ONLINE RECRUITMENT
ABOUT JOB BOARDSFor 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 RECRUITMENTJob 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 SEEKERSWhile 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 BOARDSIf 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.