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What is an ATS?

Finding the right person to fit a job role is hard work. And it’s not just about finding the individual, but all the processes and paperwork that come with it.

Despite facing a challenging economy, it seems that hiring is not slowing down anytime soon. 93% of employers did some form of hiring in 2022, up from 82% in 2021. And as we’ve learned over the past year, people aren’t staying put in their current jobs. In fact, 9.8 million employed Brits are actively searching for a new job each day.

So, recruiters, what does this mean for you?

We hate to say it… a LOT of work.

Managing all those processes, manually screening candidates, whilst providing a good candidate experience feels like an impossible task. But what if we told you it wasn’t?

What you need is an Applicant Tracking System.


What is an ATS?

An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is software for recruiters and hiring managers to manage and track candidates throughout the recruiting and hiring process. Every organisation is unique, but each one thrives on attracting, hiring, and maximising top talent, but this can be a challenge for many businesses.

An ATS simplifies the recruiting process by using automation to screen for the best, most qualified candidates. Since open positions can attract large quantities of candidates without the necessary qualifications, this saves companies and recruiters time that would otherwise be spent manually sorting through these candidates.


What are the benefits of an ATS?

Saves precious time

On average, 75% of CVs received are not qualified for the job.

Recruiters, can you agree that one of the biggest time wasters is trawling through all that manual paperwork and screening processes? And can you imagine what you’d be able to achieve with all of that time back?

Well, with an ATS, dreams do indeed come true.

Eliminate all the manual posting, candidate screening, and detail transferring with automation. A good ATS can save almost 50% of your time by automating these routine tasks for you, making your overall process more efficient and faster.

Don’t just take our word for it! Find out how Sitel Group gained 672 hours back per year by using Recruit, our ATS.


Streamlined processes

Hiring and recruiting can become incredibly difficult when there’s insufficient information and poor communication between departments. This can lead to many errors, duplications, and overall confusion over processes and where information is stored.

With an ATS, you can wave goodbye to all of that. Automation means eliminating the risk of mistakes and errors due to fewer manual processes. And with all information in one centralised location, important details won’t be missed! This means less back and forth between departments, reducing friction and mistakes, and actually allowing the recruiters more time to, well, recruit!



There’s definitely not all the time and money in the world when it comes to recruiting – but you still need to make sure it’s the right hire for the job and business.

So, if you have an inefficient screening process, chances are, you’re going to end up with the wrong person in the role. And that is costly for the business!

With an ATS, all these admin tasks are automated, which means your recruiting processes are far more productive and efficient, improving overall cost-per-hire!


Improved quality of hire

80% of recruiters claim to have an improved quality of hire ever since they incorporated an Applicant Tracking System in their businesses.

How, you ask?

The shelf-life of an application of a qualified candidate is roughly 10 days – so you really need to get in there first.

With an ATS, you can speed up the recruitment process, and therefore you can easily grab these talented candidates which could otherwise be hired by your competitors.


Improved candidate experience

One of the most important parts of the candidate experience is the regularity of communication. In fact, candidates are 38% more likely to accept a job offer if they enjoyed their candidate experience. It makes sense! Candidates don’t want to be hanging around waiting, so the sooner they know whether they’ve passed a stage or not, the better the experience they’ll receive from you.

Using an ATS during your application screening process allows you to send out automatic communications at a variety of stages. Better communication = happier candidates.


Talent banking

Have you ever screened a candidate or even interviewed them and thought, “I like you, and would love to hire you, just not for this specific role.”? It’s annoying, and it happens a lot more than you realise!

This is why any good ATS has Talent Banking. This allows you to bank those great candidates who were perfect for the company, just not for the role, so that you can get the talent that you need when the right role is available.


Introducing Recruit ATS

Streamline your recruitment process with a user-friendly Applicant Tracking System, Recruit ATS. Recruit enables you to attract and retain top talent while delivering an excellent candidate experience. With easy views of candidate progress from application to offer, hiring managers have complete control – whether recruiting one person or a whole team. Recruit scales with your business, so say goodbye to any bulk-hiring fears.

And thanks to talent banking (your very own portal full of candidates who have previously applied for a role in your company), you’ll have instant access to loads of ready-made candidates. Reduce your time and cost to hire!

Speak to one of our friendly experts today to discover how you can elevate your recruitment process.

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Written by Claire Moloney

Claire is an enthusiastic and meticulous content writer whose passion is to support growth and continual learning for everyone.


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