The Department of Labour (DoL), which has a major responsibility to match employers with job seekers, acknowledges its own recruitment processes do not exploit ICT as they should.
Candidates are, at present, unable to interact with the department via the internet.
“The current DoL website does not allow interactivity and candidates cannot apply online. Currently DoL jobs are only available online through SEEK and the Government Jobs Online website,” the department notes in tender documents for e-recruitment technologies. Candidate information is typically held by in hard copy and [in] a variety of locations.
“There is no systematic way for this information to be shared.
“The recruitment process consists of a large number of manual transactions. The absence of an e-recruitment technology [means] more human resources would be required within the proposed Career Centre,” says the document.
“Recruitment activity is fragmented across multiple individuals and systems.” Proposals are invited for a system which will provide for online application by potential candidates and include an online requisition and approval function for managers hiring staff
It will also provide for a Department of Labour career web page with “organisation and role profiles and possible career pathways”.
Other functions are expected to include a candidate tracking system, a candidate database with search capability and profile matching capability, “candidate communication functionality” and reporting and evaluation functions.
The planned e-recruitment system, along with other changes being made to the recruitment model “will reduce the direct cost of recruitment by approximately half, and will halve the amount of time spent by hiring managers on recruitment,” says the tender document.
A DoL spokeswoman would make no comment while tendering is under way. The department might have something to say in the new year, she says.