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Finding the right employee online: determinants of internet recruitment in Spanish firms

Campos, Raquel ORCID: 0009-0008-7715-3706, Arrazola, María and de Hevia, José (2017) Finding the right employee online: determinants of internet recruitment in Spanish firms. Applied Economics, 50 (1). pp. 79-93. ISSN 0003-6846

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1319560


This paper analyses the variation of recruitment strategies in Spanish firms, with special emphasis on the Internet. Using data from the Spanish Labour Trends Survey for the period 2001–2011, we study the factors influencing the decision to use online recruitment and explore the differences between Internet and eight traditional recruitment channels. Our results show that the adoption of the Internet monotonically increases over the sample period, when Internet becomes more universal and even in periods with excess of applicants. Large firms operating in information-intensive activities, and located in regions more developed and with better infrastructures are more likely to search for new employees online. We also find that Internet and traditional recruitment methods follow different patterns, especially when using personal referrals and public employment services. Our results suggest the presence of network externalities derived from the increase number of compatible online job seekers.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J23 - Employment Determination; Job Creation; Demand for Labor; Self-Employment
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M5 - Personnel Economics > M50 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 04:21

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