There has been a 60 per cent increase in the number of companies recruitingsecretarial and administrative staff online over the last year. Research by consultancy Mercer reveals that so far this year almosttwo-thirds of employers advertised these jobs via the net compared to 38 percent in 2001. Ninety per cent of those using this method report it is an effective mediumfor recruitment. David Wreford, European principal at Mercer, said: “More companies arenow using the internet as a recruitment tool – it is quick, cost-effective, andapplicants are more likely to be web-literate.” Other popular recruitment methods include temp-to-perm appointments, adoptedby 95 per cent of respondents, and employee referrals, used by eight in 10companies. The survey of 34 major organisations and 13,000 job-holders, forecasts thataverage salary increases for secretarial and administrative staff will fallto3.7 per cent in 2003 from4.1 per cent this year. It suggests more companies are basing pay rises on individual performances,with eight in 10 employers linking pay rises to performance this year, comparedwith six in 10 last year. Wreford added: “In economically tough times, companies need to ensurethey get the best value for money from their employment costs. Using individualperformance as the basis for pay rises helps to motivate staff and encourage ahigh-performance culture.” The study shows the average salary for a secretary in London and the SouthEast is £19,175, £16,025 in the Midlands and South West, and £14,105 in theNorth of England and Scotland. Almost half the companies surveyed now have a policy of allowing eligibleemployees to work reduced hours, whereas only one-fifth offered thisopportunity five years ago. www.mercerHR.com By Ben Willmott More firms recruiting admin workers onlineOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.