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Over a Third of Recruiters Believe Future Staff Won’t Write at Work


With office landscapes changing across the country, it might not be surprising to discover that over one third (36.2%) of UK recruitment professionals believe that handwriting at work will be extinct for future generations. The news comes from UK’s largest job site, CV-Library, which conducted a survey amongst over 500 British recruiters.

Surprised by the results, the job site asked over 2,000 of its candidates for their opinion on the subject, and can reveal that an overwhelming 62.8% also believe that future generations won’t write on the job, which would eliminate handwriting from future workplaces.

The findings reflect the digital times in which we are living; the National Handwriting Association recently reported that one in ten children don’t own a pen, yet nine out of ten own a tablet or a smartphone.However, those that still rely on pen and paper can rest assured in the knowledge that while recruiters do believe it will become extinct in the workplace, it won’t be happening any time soon. CV-Library’s research also revealed:

  • 73.3% of UK professionals prefer a handwritten to-do list over an electronic one
  • Over half (55.9%) feel that handwriting is important in the workplace for signing contracts
  • 98.5% of professionals still use pens in the workplace
  • 88.2% of businesses still provide staff with pens and paper

Commenting on the findings, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, says

“While these aren’t changes that we should expect to see in the near future, it is interesting to see how recruiters across the nation feel about technology and the impact it has on the traditional working environment. There is no escaping the fact that the way we work is constantly evolving, and technology is very much at the forefront; while it has brought about some massive benefits, it also comes at the expense of handwriting, which is simply no longer as important in the workplace as it once was.”

Ironically, the news comes just days following National Handwriting Day which was established to recognise the value of sending a handwritten note and demonstrating personal expression.

With many companies now encouraging staff to BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) to work, it looks as though touch screens and keyboards are primed to take over – make sure you pick up a pen and express your workplace-self before it’s too late!

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CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 10.3m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 140 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.

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