The internet has led to a profound shift in the way that people hunt for jobs, according to new findings.
Research published by the Boston Consultancy Group (BCG) and Recruit Works Institute revealed that hunting for a job is now much easier than it used to be.Its findings showed that a third of employees who switched jobs last year rated internet sites as the most effective channel for seeking a new career.
More than 13,000 people from 13 different countries were polled for the study, which helped to shed light on the changing face of the recruitment market.Data from the report showed that 20 per cent of workers around the world change jobs in a year and of those that do, over half (55 per cent) use the web to look for work.
Commenting on the findings, Kazumasa Sakurai, a BCG partner and a coauthor of the report said: “One of the key capabilities that differentiates the Internet channel from referrals from family or friends is the Internet’s ability to process a much higher volume of applications.
“We believe that key difference will drive the continued growth and evolution of Internet job search, and we look forward to seeing how future technological developments can continue to drive down the time job seekers spend searching for a new job without limiting and in fact, expanding their employment options.”
According to the study, a third of Brits (33 per cent) rate Internet job sites as the most effective channel for finding a job. Furthermore, about 40 per cent of global job seekers used only one channel in their search, and about 25 per cent used two.
Yukio Okubo, the founder and general manager of Recruit Works Institute said: “Job search behaviour is drastically changing around the world, but until the publication of this report, we have had little insight into just how it’s changing.”