Mobile job hunting on the up in Asia

  • Posted by Maneck Mohan

Once upon a time, mobile phones were only used to make calls, send things called SMS messages, but the times they are a changing. Today, mobile gaming and chatting has been taken to unprecedented levels and so too has job searching.

One out of three job seekers in Asia now uses his mobile device to search for jobs.

With insight from October web analytics showing that the hunt for jobs has widely been taken mobile. One out of three jobseekers in Asia now searches for jobs on a mobile device, according to data aggregated from over 1.5 million individuals.

In the past three years, job searches carried out on mobile devices has increased three-fold.

Mobile job hunting is up from 8 per cent in 2011, to 33 per cent last month. Singaporeans appear to be the most mobile-savvy job-seeking users in Asia, with the highest proportion of mobile job searches in the region, followed closely by Japan and Hong Kong. Vietnam and China, meanwhile, are at the bottom of the pack. Globally speaking, mobile jobseekers are most prevalent in the United Kingdom and Australia, boasting 39.82 per cent and 35.89 per cent respectively.

The devices jobseekers use to hunt down their vacancies have also been undergoing seismic shifts.

Since 2011, users seeking jobs on Apple devices have been dropping steadily at rates close to 10 per cent per year while jobs searched on Samsung devices rose by almost 25 per cent in three years.

However, as of 2013, Apple is still the device of choice for job hunters, leading with around 45 per cent of mobile device traffic, as opposed to Samsung’s 30 per cent. Data from the Job Index also shows that more employers now desire candidates with Android programming experience over those specialising in Apple’s iOS platform when hiring application developers.

Image: Apple and Samsung market share among 1.5 million jobseekers in APAC during October 2013

With mobile devices looking to take over personal computers as the preferred devices to access the internet by 2014, these job seeking trends look to continue, and the big question will be whether or not mobile job applications will become a viable alternative to the traditional job application process.