Applicant Tracking Systems
BuyerView | 2013

Over the years, we've spoken to thousands of companies considering new ATS software. As a point of reference, we thought it would be helpful to provide potential buyers with an overview of past clients' pain points and reasons for switching to a new software system.

Key Findings:

  1. The majority of buyers we spoke to were using manual methods to track their applicants.
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  3. The majority of buyers mentioned the need to improve efficiency or effectiveness as the primary reason for purchasing applicant tracking software.
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  5. Among buyers already using applicant tracking software, most were looking for a more robust system with specific features or functionality.
 
  • Current Methods of Tracking Applicants

    The great majority of recruiters are currently using manual methods to track their applicants. About a third are replacing existing applicant tracking software.

  • Where Recruiters Are Looking for Candidates

    Out of 165 buyers who responded to this question, almost all were posting to job boards, with the majority using their company website as well.

  • Reasons for Purchasing - High Level Overview

    The majority of buyers mentioned the need to improve efficiency or effectiveness as the primary reason for purchasing applicant tracking software.

  • Reasons for Replacing an Existing Applicant Tracking System

    Among buyers already using applicant tracking software, most were looking for a more robust system with specific features or functionality.

  • Reasons for Replacing Manual Methods

    Among buyers using paper, spreadsheets, or email to track their applicants, most are seeking to improve their efficiency or effectiveness.

  • Deployment Preferences

    Web-based software has almost completely taken over this market, with only 1% of buyers in our sample expressing a preference for on-premise software.

  • Demographics: Buyer Size by Number of Employees

    Half of the applicant tracking software buyers in our sample have fewer than 250 employees, with a quarter falling into the 101-250 employee range.

To further discuss this report or obtain access to any of the charts above, feel free to contact me at erin@softwareadvice.com.


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