Recruiting with Facebook in 2014

The Social Network Facebook has gained a size that cannot be ignored any more. Its well above 1,32 Billion users share more than three million likes – every minute! The following infographic illustrates the most recent numbers that show, how important Facebook has become for social recruiting.

 Infographic Facebook and Recruiting

Infografik Facebook Recruiting
Infografik Facebook Recruiting

Whereas some recruiter see Facebook as a bit dodgy (in comparison with career networks such as LinkedIn or XING), others have recognized its value, in particular to communicate an employer brand externally and internally. And even for direct recruiting Facebook can offer a lot, in particular if you are familiar with its powerful search functionalities.

How German recruiters apply Facebook

As the infographic illustrates currently 15 percent of the 422 HR -professionals that participated in the survey from January 2014 are already exploiting Facebook for career websites. Twelve percent use it occasionally and three percent for special positions only.

Who wants to reach out on Facebook has to use its paid Facebook ads, like it or not. But only six percent of the participants make us of this way to shuffle visitors to their Facebook career website on a regular basis, with eleven percent at least from time to time and another two percent for special positions.

It becomes pretty clear that the use of Facebook in recruiting has a lot of potential in it. Although one has to note that Facebook is no more growing that rapidly in Germany in sheer numbers if at all. But its enormous size is a factor for the internet, and it will be like that for the near future. Innovative recruiters recognize this – and get engaged!

Unemployment in Bulgaria 2011 to 2013

The continuously high unemployment rate in Bulgaria has proven to be a persistent problem, but this is no exception to the general trend in Europe. In the following lines, we will try to go into some details concerning the latest labour trend, which we have posted earlier about:

How the phenomenon is being measured?

The unemployment rate is the percentage of unemployed from the total number of civilian work force, which is basically defined by the population size. The unemployment rate is an essential part of the unemployment statistics, because it is an indicator of the labour market and entire employment situation.

The data presented below is based on research of the Bulgarian Institute for Statistics and provides information about how unemployment has developed within the period 2011-2013.

Unemployment in Bulgaria 2011-2013
Unemployment in Bulgaria 2011-2013

Trends on Bulgaria’s labour-market

For 2011, the unemployment rate of the population aged 15 to 64 years is 11.4% and this percentage is continuously increasing over time. Until 2013 the share of unemployed people in the same age group has increased by 1.6%. It should be noted that this rate is always 2 to 3% higher for men than for women.

According to the figures supplied by the National Statistics Institute, in 2011 the unemployment rate of the population aged 15 to 29 amounts to 19.1%. In the following year this percentage has increased to 20.8% and in 2013 it reached a peak of 21.8% .

2013 in quarters

In order to represent the tendency more detailed, we will divide the year 2013 into quarters. In the first quarter of 2013, unemployment rate in Bulgaria was 13.8%. Subsequently, a decrease is recorded down to 12% in the third quarter. During the last three months, the rate has increased again by 1%. If we analyze the data by age, it is noticeable that the highest unemployment rate – 28.4% – is being observed among the representatives of the group 15-24 years, i.e. amongst the youngest working-population. In contrast, only 10.1% of the labour force aged 35-54 are unemployed.

Happy Easter 2014!

The Team of recruitment agency eood wishes you a happy Easter-time 2014!

Are you familiar with the problem that Easter si celebrated on different days in christian-orthodox countries (like Bulgaria) and predominantly catholic or protestant countries (like Germany)? As we all know, Easter is not on a fixed day and varies each year.

To help you with your orientation we created the following info-graphics on the Easter date:

When do Protestants, Catholics and Christian-Orthodox celebrate Easter?

Wann ist orthodoxes Ostern?
Easter-date for Western churches and the Orthodox christians.

We all hope, that our Easter-info-graphic will serve you well for the years to come. In 2014 all Christians celebrate Easter on the same day (20th of April) This will be the case in 2017 for the next time. For the other years you should note that the Orthodox celebrate Easter one week after the other Christians.

A happy Easter-time to all of you!

Upturn on labour market in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian labour market is gradually picking up, reports the National Employment Agency. During the current year 2013, over 178 thousand people have started a new job. The sheer number of workers who have acquired their jobs thanks to an employment program of the Agency has climbed by twenty thousand in comparison with the previous year.

35 psychologists and qualified managers have already been assigned in the job centres of all regional cities. They have the responsibility to professionally assist the job-seekers with overcoming their psychological barriers and gaining more self-confidence. Kamelia Nikolova, one of the psychologists at the employment office explained: “Most of the people who come to us are insecure and frustrated. Very often they have even lost their hope of ever finding a job”.

The currently employed psychologists and managers were initially registered as unemployed themselves. For this reason, they should be considered as an example of how the shortage of vacancies can be overcome, of course, not without the necessary motivation and support. To the measures undertaken by the Ministry of Labour and Social policy belongs also the Program for activation of unemployed with an yearly budget of 600 thousand Leva. However, the labour market still has to face the challenge to provide adequate working positions for qualified young people. This involves a long-term strategic planning, as well as a much stronger cooperation between companies and educational institutions.

A specific action aimed at such a result is the Ministry of Education Program for student internships, which strives to create a symbiosis between universities and business. Meanwhile, it was announced that the most desired occupations for the current year would be those of accountants, system administrators and sales representatives. This show the results of a survey carried out by the consulting companies CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI).

OECD criticizes Germany over low high-skilled immigration rate

The publication of an OECD report on the immigration of foreign workers to the German labor market has prompted keen media interest over the last few days.

After we reported only last week about the lack of sufficient interest of German IT companies to searching for qualified staff abroad, we are now presenting a comprehensive economical study of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).

The study describes that the access to the German labor market as relatively easy (compared to other OECD member countries). Yet numbers suggest that in Germany, in spite of the alleged shortage of skilled workers, the market share of labor migrants from outside the EU and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) accounts for a fifth and even tenth of the share of other studied countries such as Australia, Denmark, Canada and the United Kingdom.

SMEs account for considerable difficulties with migrant workers

The situation with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) could be described as problematic. These types of businesses often encounter serious difficulties in finding suitable staff from abroad, which is apparent from the graph illustrating the results of the surveyed companies. .

Indeed, the shortage of skill workers is far more common in SMEs than in larger firms,

In contrast to big companies, SMEs have no international intercompany personnel exchange to facilitate recruitment of expat employees.Therefore the report recommends employers – especially SMEs – put more effort into looking for qualified personnel aboard if they cannot meet their need for skilled workers on the local labor market, the OECD says.

One of the many explanations of the problematic situation is that both at home and aboard the German immigration system is perceived as restrictive and difficult to access, argues the OECD report.

OECD recommends coining of an immigration strategy

Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, advised for a consistent immigration policy during the presentation of the study on 4 February 2013 in Berlin. Without such an approach, meeting the projected shortage of skilled workers would be difficult: ‘The prosperity of Germany is largely dependent on whether it will be able to stay competitive despite its aging population.’

Read the full OEDC study ‘Immigration of foreign workers: Germany’ by clicking on the PDF thumb below.