net·p​o·​tism | \ ˈnet-pə-ˌti-zəm (noun)

The danger of recruiting from the same closed networks virtually and eschewing the opportunity of broader access

“This report offers a fascinating insight into this unintended consequence of Netpotism and what it may mean for Careers Services and graduate recruiters”

- Rebecca Fielding, Founder and Managing Director of Gradconsult

In conjunction with a leading UK based research firm. Handshake has undertaken quantitative and qualitative research to investigate the post-Covid jobs landscape and implications for employers, students and society.

Respondents included:

  • 640 current students and 334 recent graduates in the UK
  • 350 HR Decision Makers at UK businesses

Our findings warn against an increase in what we call ‘Netpotism’ – the danger of exchanging one set of closed networks for another as the recruitment process moves exclusively online. This report also highlights other major obstacles faced by those embarking on their careers, particularly among those from less advantaged backgrounds.

This report shows that, if left unchecked, Netpotism will damage prospects for employers, students and society.

57% of businesses say they’ve become more reliant on personal networks and word of mouth recommendations during the pandemic.

A third of students and graduates (33%) think job applications and interviews are biased towards people who have existing connections.

22% of students say they don’t have suitable technology to access careers services since they have moved online.

For a full insight into our findings and recommendations, you can download our “Netpotism” research paper by filling out the form below.

To get a flavour of the report , you can also check out our infographic for all our key research findings here.

If you want to delve deeper into the insights provided by our research, we’d love for you to join us at ISE’s webinar, Netpotism Research Findings: Understand the post-Covid jobs landscape & implications for employers, students & society  on 21 April at 12.30pm.

We’d also love for you to join us at our *Limited Edition* live episode of the Handshake Early Talent Podcast: Guarding Against Netpotism: building fairer and more inclusive recruitment processes in a post-COVID UK, where we will be discussing the issue of Netpotism with guests from all three sides of our network.

Read the Netpotism paper

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