Increased Literacy of Artificial Intelligence is Essential for HR Teams and Recruiters – According to New Study by’s Research Institute

Few human resources (HR) professionals consider themselves to be very knowledgeable about the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the area of recruitment, but they will need to come up the learning curve quickly because the usage of AI in this area is expected to jump dramatically over the next two years.

According to the newly released research report, The 2019 State of Artificial Intelligence in Talent Acquisition, by’s Research Institute, AI is not widely used for talent acquisition today. However, usage is expected to jump dramatically over the next two years. Just 10% make high or very high use of AI in recruitment currently, but 36% of participants expect usage to be high or very high in the very near future.

With talent shortages creating the biggest challenge for hiring professionals, HR departments are seeking ways to improve talent acquisition. Application of AI is expected to grow most quickly in the areas of sourcing and assessment, but there will also be growth in selection, onboarding and interviewing. Specifically, HR professionals are hoping adopting AI will help them find more qualified candidates (66%) and save time sifting through resumes (64%).

The biggest barrier to increased adoption of AI is a limited budget, as indicated by over two-thirds (68%) of HR professionals. For now, there is concern by almost half of HR professionals (43%) that HR is lacking skill in this area. This highlights the need for recruitment professionals to gain a solid understanding of the return on investment of using AI-enhanced talent acquisition technologies.

“Recruitment professionals are starting to see where AI can help them become more productive. AI can potentially handle much of the administrivia associated with recruitment while allowing recruiters to do what they do best, engage and attract talent,” stated Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of

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The survey was fielded from February to March of 2019. There were complete responses from 484 participating HR professionals representing a broad cross-section of employers.

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