Five-a-day diet of tech fuels recruitment sector

Are you one of the 4 in 5 recruiters who are reportedly using technology more than 5 hours a day?

Are you one of the four in five recruiters who are reportedly using technology more than five hours a day to do their job?

Recruitment software firm Mercury xRM questioned 100 recruiters at the Recruitment Agency Expo on what it takes to be a modern recruiter. The survey findings, reported at, revealed that 81 per cent of recruiters spend over five hours a day using recruitment technology, with 91 per cent believing that technology makes them a more efficient recruiter.

The survey also revealed that more recruiters believed that LinkedIn has been the most important recruitment invention of the last 20 years, ahead of email and recruitment software. 30 per cent of respondents said LinkedIn, compared to 25 per cent for email and 17 per cent for recruitment software.

The Marketing Manager for Mercury xRM, Mark Britton, said: “There’s no doubt that the upturn in recruitment over recent years has seen recruiters become busier than ever. What our findings have highlighted, however, is that through this upturn, recruiters are still reliant on recruitment technology to remain productive.

‘Recruiters are finding themselves operating within a candidate-led market and as such, it is vital that they feel enabled by recruitment technology. Recruiters must now work harder than before to retain their competitive edge, and effective recruitment technology is proving to be the backbone of this.”

Alongside examining the current recruitment technology landscape, the poll also asked recruiters for their insight into where they believed recruitment technology is heading. The more popular answers included lie detector phones and holographic video calls.

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