Abstracts: June 28th, 2006

The annual survey of recruitment and retention from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows that employers are responding to recruitment difficulties and new age regulations by recruiting older workers. The survey shows that 70% of employers are actively seeking to recruit people aged between 55 and pension age, while 31% of organisations are seeking to recruit people already entitled to the state pension.The survey also shows an increase in e-recruitment with almost two thirds of organisations using this approach. The main reason for using e-recruitment was reducing costs (71%), followed by broadening the selection pool (60%) and reducing the time it takes to hire (47%). Despite almost half (47%) of organisations agreeing that e-recruitment will replace paper based applications in the future, the same number believe online recruitment is increasing the number of unsuitable applicants. Website recruitment is also increasing with 75% of organisations using corporate websites to attract applicants, compared to just 67% last year.

The survey is available at: http://www.cipd.co.uk/surveys