Social Media Matters
Adam Rowe, techdotco 689 Times 451 People

The lack of skilled IT workers is hurting the deployment of emerging technology, according to a new survey from Gartner. In areas from cloud to cybersecurity, this crisis is expected to last for years to come.

“The main takeaway here is that social media has become a mainstay of recruitment marketing among companies of all sizes. If you’re not investing in your social media presence, you’re likely to fall behind your talent competitors,” James Barraclough, Head of Activation EMEA at Universum, said in a statement.

Employee References Are On the Rise

Among the companies Universum focused on — the World’s Most Attractive Employers (WMAE) — one particular channel has been on the rise in recent years: referrals. Here’s how they explained the data.

“Employee referral continues to see a significant bump in increased investment this year with 56 percent of the WMAE reporting the intention to increase their spend. In the same vein, promoting employer advocacy has become increasingly more important to companies as a primary employer brand objective, increasing from 30 percent to 41 percent among the WMAE. Following the lead of WMAE, 34 percent of large, 30 percent of medium and 20 percent of small businesses are making employee advocacy the main priority of their employer brand communication.”

And where do employees go when looking to send out a few referrals? Probably their favorite social platform.


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