Recruitment Sites Remain Popular with Employers

Special Report: Leger Jobboom survey // Part 2 of 5

A majority of companies that need to recruit new employees from outside their organization do so with the help of recruitment websites. Of all the tools available to employers to find qualified workers, recruitment sites are still considered the most efficient tools for companies to fill multiple dopen positions, in particular for fixed-length contracts and junior or intermediate positions.

A survey conducted by Léger for Jobboom found that 84 percent of employers in Quebec use recruitment websites to find candidates.

Employers use recruitment websites for many reasons. Of the employers that use them, two-thirds surveyed said the reasons they use recruitment sites include:

  • The ability to recruit quickly
  • The cost/benefit relationship compared with other recruitment tools
  • A more-qualified pool of candidates
  • A higher number of potential candidates

Companies confirmed that of all the recruitment tools available to them, recruitment websites are most useful for finding permanent employees at the junior level (75 percent), seasonal or temporary employees (61 percent), permanent employees at the intermediate level (59 percent) and contract employees (56 percent).

Other tools to connect with job seekers

Beyond recruitment websites, companies that advertise their open positions also use other tools to attract qualified candidates.

  • 62 percent advertise job openings on social media
  • 57 percent advertise job openings on their company website (100 percent for companies with more than 500 employees)
  • 49 percent participate in networking activities (54 percent for companies with more than 100 employees)
  • 43 percent advertise in print media (66 percent for companies with 100 to 499 employees)
  • 27 percent contact recruitment agencies (66 percent for companies with more than 500 employees)
  • 15 percent participate in job fairs (65 percent for companies with more than 500 employees)
  • 15 percent hire headhunters who specialize in the recruitment of senior executives.

Recruitment challenges faced by employers

According to the Léger survey, in which 126 companies of various sizes participated, the biggest recruitment challenge facing employers is finding qualified candidates for specialized positions, a situation that is particularly true for companies with more than 500 employees. Employers often find themselves re-publishing job postings after receiving many CVs from jobseekers who do not possess the profile needed for the position, complicating and delaying the recruitment process.

In the Léger survey, a lack of a skilled workforce and few candidates with adequate competencies were mentioned by 16 percent of employers as a major challenge, while another 13 percent of employers said that a lack of candidate experience posed a challenge for them.

The budget for recruitment

More than a third of employers surveyed (35 percent) said that their recruiting needs had increased in the last two years, a situation that is particularly true for companies with 100 to 499 employees. 53 percent of respondents said that their recruitment needs have stayed more or less the same, while 12 percent said that their recruitment needs have decreased.

Jobboom: an industry leader

94 percent of companies with more than 100 employees are aware of Jobboom and 86 percent of employers surveyed have a positive opinion of the site.

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*The Léger survey was conducted Dec. 6 – 14, 2016. 126 companies of various sizes participated in the survey, all of which had posted one or more job offers on multiple recruitment websites as part of their hiring efforts during the last 12 months.

 

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