Google is set to enter the online recruitment market, potentially providing another rival for Trade Me Jobs and Australia’s Seek, which currently dominate the local market.
Google has registered the website address googlehire.com and a mock up of a sign-in page for what appears to be the proposed service is online at another address registered to the internet giant.
A Google spokesman confirmed Google Hire was under development.
He said the service would help business customers “collect candidate applications online” and manage the hiring process more effectively.
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Suggestions in some overseas media reports that Google’s online recruitment service might let employers view job candidates’ personal browsing histories appear to be unfounded.
“Only information that a candidate voluntarily provides would be passed to a prospective employer as part of their online application. Private information will not be shared,” the spokesman said.
Both Trade Me and Australian-based Seek already face competition in the jobs market from some US based giants, including Microsoft-owned LinkenIn.
Head of Trade Me Jobs, Jeremy Wade, said it been aware for some time that Google had been “testing some moves into the employment market”.
“It’s early days and there’s conflicting opinion internationally as to whether they just plan to provide job applicant tracking for businesses or something more widespread,” he said.
“The Kiwi online employment advertising market is very competitive and we’re focused on making sure we provide the best possible experience for job-hunters, as well as value-for-money and quality applicants for our employers advertising onsite,” he said.
As yet, Google has not bagged the web address googlehire.co.nz, which could indicate plans for its jobs service may be further advanced in larger overseas markets than in New Zealand.
Trade Me has been approached for comment. It shares opened on the NZX down one cent at $5.12.