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Tim Barry
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In the last few years, more and more companies in Europe and the US have implemented HR technology to assist them to hire staff directly rather than using through using recruitment agencies. The trend towards in-house recruitment is slowly but surely spreading to South Africa but the adoption of HR technology is not moving at the same rate.

In the last few years, more and more companies in Europe and the US have implemented HR technology to assist them to hire staff directly rather than using recruitment agencies. The trend towards in-house recruitment is slowly but surely spreading to South Africa but the adoption of HR technology is not moving at the same rate.

A comparison of the Direct Hire HR Recruitment Survey results from 2013 and 2014 reveals that there have been significant increases in companies which:

  • Use a recruitment management system (RMS, up 9% year-on-year),
  • Do not primarily use recruitment agencies to fill their requirements (up 4%), and
  • Use social media to recruit candidates (up 8%).

The small increases in organisations that attempt to source and place candidates internally before approaching recruitment agencies (up from 87% in 2013 to 88% in 2014) and those that use job portals to advertise vacancies (up 2%) indicates that more employers are using a combination of their careers site (74%), RMS and social recruiting to fill vacancies rather than recruitment agencies.

Modern RMSs have moved to the cloud where they not only save companies on the cost of hosting applicant and employee data but these can also be seamlessly integrated with the corporate career site. RMSs also remove much of the admin burden from HR and in-house recruiters through automating these processes. This enables these systems to manage the whole recruitment process from application to interview to job offer, and even proactively source candidates - without having to approach a recruitment agency.

Many RMSs are also integrated with job distribution platforms which enable users to advertise vacancies on multiple job portals and social networks and track responses, a service for which many companies pay large fees to recruitment agencies. It is also possible to integrate employee referral software or video interviewing and screening solutions into an RMS to track and reward employees for referring candidates.

But what about those companies who have not integrated employee referral software, a job distribution platform or video interviewing and screening into their RMS, or the 48% of organisations who do not even have an RMS? To avoid having to use recruitment agencies and to stay competitive, these companies need to know what HR technology solutions are out there and where to find out more about them.

Up until now, there have been little or no events for HR professionals featuring HR technology vendors, other than annual conferences and conventions where these companies pay to exhibit. Several upcoming events are about to change that trend and give HR professionals the chance to learn about new technologies that can help them attract candidates and manage applications and interviews, and meet with HR technology vendors to discuss their needs and find solutions that can have a real impact on their business. Follow this link to find out more.


Tim Barry is an English-born business consultant with an African Heart and Celtic Soul who was has worked with many companies in SA, the UK and US, e.g. start-ups to global brands implementing and training them to use technology to assist them in hiring, managing, retaining and training staff.

He is passionate about The integration of cloud, mobile, social media and video solutions to enable businesses to:

  • Attract the best talent,
  • Improve their candidates and customer experience,
  • Enhance their corporate and employer brand, and
  • Develop their employees, especially sales staff, to reach their full potential.

Tim organises and speaks at events on the topics of HR, recruitment technology and social recruiting. He believes that HR and recruitment technology can help companies to identify and hire untapped pools of talent, thereby addressing the problem of unemployment among young people. Tim is the founder and co-host of #JobRecChatSA, a weekly Twitter chat connecting jobseekers and recruiters.


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