Application to Placement

You would think that in a world with so much technology and faster communication, things would take less time… well that’s not always the case. Over the last ten years, Frontline Construction has been recruiting positions in the Construction, Trades & Services industry and we have measured how long it takes from the time a…


You would think that in a world with so much technology and faster communication, things would take less time… well that’s not always the case.

Over the last ten years, Frontline Construction has been recruiting positions in the Construction, Trades & Services industry and we have measured how long it takes from the time a candidate applies for a role, (usually on a job sites like Seek.com or Indeed.com) until they are placed in a role.  We are not talking here about when they start, we are talking about when the employer and the candidate agree and sign off on employment agreements.

Well, interestingly, despite all the new technology and faster communications, it is now taking longer now than it did 10 years ago. In fact, it is taking an extra 7.5 days or 30% longer. And as you can see from the trend line in the graph below, that increase has been reasonably consistent over the years.

Below is our latest data for Frontline Construction showing how the average days from application to placement have increased over the last ten years – Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 12.11.07 pm           

It does beg the question… is technology really helping us, or is it just making us all too busy?