Mobile Recruiting Nightmare: Only 30% of HR Professionals Can Communicate with Candidates About Jobs via Mobile

November 17, 2015


New SilkRoad Research Report Examines This and Other Top Worries of HR Professionals

CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – November 17, 2015) – SilkRoad (, a global leader in cloud-based talent management solutions, today announced a new TalentTalk research report to be released November 18, with a live webcast to follow on November 30. Based on responses from 329 HR professionals, the third-annual ‘What Keeps HR Up At Night?’ report examines perspectives, challenges and concerns of HR professionals and reveals the top nightmares in many HR functions including talent management and retention.

What Scares HR Leaders Most: Report Highlights

  • Only 30% of HR professionals can communicate with candidates about jobs via mobile
  • 55% of those surveyed are concerned with properly engaging and retaining employees
  • But, 61% are neutral or unconcerned that their companies’ recruiting applications and processes be enabled for mobile — “missing a huge opportunity”
  • HR technology still lags! 67% agree that they lack data and analytics capabilities to gain a “big picture” of company talent

Supporting Quote

  • “While mobile strategies remain a big concern, a shocking number of HR professionals are handcuffed when it comes to daily recruiting functions,” said Edward Vesely, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at SilkRoad. “Facts are facts — *43% of American adults used their phones in the past year to look up a job; companies without mobile recruitment strategies are missing a huge opportunity to invest in top talent.”

*(U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015, Pew Research Center, April 2015)

SilkRoad conducted the “What Keeps HR Up at Night” survey using an online survey instrument (SurveyMonkey) in late summer 2015. Findings were compiled and aggregated by a third-party agency. 329 professionals responded. 86% of respondents plan, manage, or administer Recruiting, Learning, Development or some other HR programs in their organizations. 56% have more than 10 years of experience in HR, while 76% have five years of experience or more. 64% of respondents have more than 250 employees at their organization; 33% have more than 1,000. The most common industries that respondents came from: Non-Profit and Education (14%), Healthcare (14%), Manufacturing (10%), and Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (10%).


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