What is recruiting automation?

Recruiting automation describes softwares that enables you to streamline repetitive workflows, processes, and communication throughout the entire recruiting cycle, replacing tasks that would formerly be done manually.

Recruiting automation falls under two camps: Automation Platforms and Automation Products:

Automation Platforms provide core functionality and provide an integration point for other applications. They ‘talk’ with complementary solutions and are foundational to a recruitment agency’s technology stack.

Automation Products integrate with platforms to help mutual customers solve their business problems. Products have a specialised focus that can limit their scopes, such as VMS or onboarding automation, but they are valuable stand-alone or connected with a platform.

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What are the benefits of recruiting automation?

Recruiting automation is a key step to transforming your firm by improving your productivity and freeing up time where you need it most. The sky’s the limit for what you can achieve, but here are some of the most common reasons recruitment agencies use automation:

Reduce Busywork: Automate repetitive, often-forgotten tasks and ensure the right processes happen at the right time.

Improve Data Accuracy Identify inaccurate or incomplete records and automate various cleanup processes.

Engage Your Audiences Create high-touch experiences with candidates, clients and contractors throughout the entire recruiting process.

Do you have technology in place to help automate this recruitment process?

Most recruiting processes can be automated. Here are the processes that recruitment agencies automate the most. Note that the number of firms automating their processes has nearly doubled in the last year.


Process % who automated in 2020 % who automate in 2021
Sourcing 39% 77%
Calendaring 31% 67%
Candidate submittal 29% 68%
Screening 26% 56%

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