A magnifying glass may not be involved, but candidate searches are increasingly performed by AI. Photograph: iStock.

UK recruiters are developing technology, including artificial intelligence that allows them to offer people jobs before they even start to look, mindful that if they do not keep innovating, their own business models face redundancy. Hays, one of the biggest recruiters in the world and the largest in Britain by market capitalisation, has set up a partnership with business network LinkedIn that allows it to access some of the company’s data, such as when a user adds a skill or profile picture.

With this sort of information, AI can identify someone who is about to begin a formal job hunt, allowing the company to pre-emptively contact them with relevant roles, said Alistair Cox, Hays chief executive. “Data and artificial intelligence can give you some pretty accurate insights as to whether an individual would be receptive to a job that you’ve got on your books,” said Mr Cox.

“[It’s part of] a race to get very strong candidates in front of your client before the competition.” Hays is just one of the large global recruiters, several of which are headquartered in the UK, investing in technology in an effort to match jobseekers and roles more swiftly and efficiently. One of its main rivals, PageGroup, has created an “innovations group” to find ways of improving the hiring process by making it more digital.

That includes making it easier and quicker for candidates to find roles online themselves or for recruiters to single out individuals best suited for a role that has become vacant. “What we want is a consultant not having to trawl through hundreds of candidates to identify the one that’s right for the job,” said Steve Ingham, PageGroup’s chief executive. Read more from irishtimes.com…

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