Madgex - JobG8

The Jobg8 Job Board Summit - the world’s largest Job Board Conference - took place in London last month (November 2014).

Decision makers and recruitment experts from around the world gathered to explore the differences and challenges in various territories.

The two-day event was bigger and better than ever, with Jobg8 adding European workshops to this year’s format.

Delegates split in to several focus groups, each covering a different territory. Experts from each territory led presentations, inviting the audience to add their comments and thoughts.

The DACH region workshop proved to be one of the most popular sessions of the day, with job board experts Eva Zils (founder of and Wolfgang Brickwedde (Institute for Competitive Recruiting - ICR) presenting on trends and challenges within the industry.

Houtan Froushan (Head of Education and Recruitment at The Independent) shared experiences in audience monetisation through recruitment revenues alongside Madgex CEO Tom Ricca-McCarthy.

ICR data provided an overview of unemployment rates and recruitment hotspots within Europe to put the DACH region in context. The workshop then went into more detail on corporate recruitment and helped shape a wider understanding of trends in the labour market, which led onto hot topics in recruitment.

Eva Zils highlighted that job boards play a very important role in the DACH recruitment sector. In all three markets - Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 85-95% of companies find candidates via job boards.

Figures from the ICR supported this and showed that 89.6% of employers in Germany communicate their vacancies via job boards with their own corporate websites at 87.7%

It was emphasised that job portals have to keep on top of technology advancements and act on innovations in order to distinguish themselves from other sites and routes to the candidate market. Many job boards need to review their offering to candidates with need for mobile solutions.

An interesting point of note was the ‘hidden market’ in the DACH. Apparently, 80% of jobs are filled internally or via networking. However, social networks are not being leveraged as they are in the UK and US markets - the three top five major players in each country have not been active on social networks since 2012, which was surprising.

In 2014, there has been some interesting activity in the DACH job board markets, especially in Germany. With new partnerships and market entrants, this is definitely one to watch in 2015.

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