17 January 2012 #Employment
It is reported on the Guardian Jobs website today that 69% of recruiters have rejected a candidate after viewing their social networking profiles. The figure comes from a survey carried out by social media monitoring service Reppler. A similar study was conducted by Microsoft in 2009, where only 49% of employers were influenced by such sites.
According to the results of the current survey, over 90% of potential employers use or have used social networking websites as part of their employment screening process. The high figures follow a spate of cases, as reported in previous Buddy blogs, where employees have been dismissed for misconduct following posts on social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
Whilst employers may find information available on social networking sites useful when recruiting, they must be careful not to make any potentially discriminatory decisions based on the content. To help avoid employers breaking the rules, ACAS has produced guidance for employers on the use of social networking sites for recruitment, available here.