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Companies urged to take on mobile technology

Businesses in Northern Ireland have been urged to adapt to the rapidly expanding sector of mobile technology in order to make the most of recruiting new staff in the future.

Recent studies predict that the number of mobile internet users will overtake the number of desktop users in three years.

An event organised by the Northern Ireland Chambers of Commerce heard from staff at recruitment firm Hays, which said that 30% of all internet activity is focused on job-seeking, leading to hundreds of blogs, Facebook pages, and even YouTube videos being dedicated to recruitment.

A recent Hays survey found that nearly half of UK professionals use social networking sites regularly in a professional capacity.

Hays senior business manager Andy Taylor said: "The popularity of Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter has increased exponentially since 2008 and they now claim over 800 million users."