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Software Advice BuyerView: Applicant Tracking Software Report 2013

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Over the years, we've spoken to thousands of companies considering new ATS software. As a point of reference, we thought it would be helpful to provide potential buyers with an overview of past clients' pain points and reasons for switching to a new software system.

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Software Advice BuyerView: Applicant Tracking Software Report 2013

  1. 1. Applicant Tracking Software BuyerView Report Insight into today’s software buyer
  2. 2. Abstract Over the years, we’ve spoken to thousands of companies considering new ATS software. As a point of reference, we thought it would be helpful to provide potential buyers with an overview of past clients’ pain points and reasons for switching to a new software system. Our key findings include: • The majority of buyers we spoke to were using manual methods to track applicants. • Most buyers mentioned the need to improve efficiency and effectiveness as the primary reason for purchasing applicant tracking software. • Among buyers already using applicant tracking software, most were looking for a more robust system with specific features or functionality.
  3. 3. Current Methods of Tracking Applicants Paper/spreadsheets/email Applicant tracking software Proprietary software Other 0 50 100 150 200 250 Number of participants The great majority of recruiters are currently using manual methods to track their applicants. About a third are replacing existing applicant tracking software.
  4. 4. Where Are Recruiters Looking for Candidates? Job boards Company website LinkedIn Referrals Social media Headhunters Other 0 28 56 84 112 140 Number of mentions Out of 165 buyers who responded to this question, almost all were posting to job boards, with the majority using their company website as well.
  5. 5. Reasons for Purchasing - High Level Overview Improve efficiency/effectiveness Need more features/functionality Company growth Current system too complex Update/modernize Consolidate systems Reduce costs Other/no reason given 0 40 80 120 160 200 Number of mentions The majority of buyers mentioned the need to improve efficiency or effectiveness as the primary reason for purchasing applicant tracking software.
  6. 6. Reasons for Replacing an Existing Applicant Tracking System Need more robust software Current system too complex Improve efficiency/effectiveness Update/modernize Too expensive Consolidate multiple systems Other 0 10 20 30 40 50 Number of mentions Among buyers already using applicant tracking software, most were looking for a more robust system with specific features and functionality.
  7. 7. Deployment Preferences 16% 1% Web-based On-premise Unknown 82% Web-based software has almost completely taken over this market, with only 1% of buyers in our sample expressing a preference for on-premise software.
  8. 8. Demographics: Buyer Size by Number of Employees 8% 12% 9% 15% 14% 16% 1-50 51-100 101-100 101-250 501-1,000 1,001-2,500 2,5001+ 25% Half of the applicant tracking software buyers in our sample have fewer than 250 employees, with a quarter falling into the 101-250 employee range.
  9. 9. Learn More About Applicant Tracking Software Read Report Read the full report Get Free Quotes Get free price quotes on top Applicant Tracking software Get Free Demos Get unbiased reviews & free demos on top Applicant Tracking software
  10. 10. @SoftwareAdvice /company/software-advice /SoftwareAdvice @SoftwareAdvice Software Advice™ is a trusted resource for software buyers. The company's website, www.softwareadvice.com, provides detailed reviews, comparisons and research to help organizations choose the right software. Meanwhile, the company’s team of software analysts provide free telephone consultations to help each software buyer identify systems that best fit their needs. In the process, Software Advice connects software buyers and sellers, generating high-quality opportunities for software vendors.

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