Author: Neil Phillips
What NEED does this meet?
It’s expensive to advertise jobs in traditional media (print, or online job boards), which means that low-wage jobs are not advertised, or are advertised only incredibly locally (a poster in the shop window).
What is the APPROACH?
I propose a project which aims to help employers either directly advertise their jobs online (at their own web presence, less likely), or directly into the projects website in a format which other sites can syndicate (I’d anticipate being able to email or phone-in situations vacant ads too). Basically, cutting out the advertising cost, and therefore incentivising people to list their vacancy.
Once job postings are available, other sites would be able to syndicate the jobs and therefore come up with answers to more local questions:
“Show me all the jobs within walking (or public transport) distance which operate within school hours, and require IT skills”
“Show me all the gardening jobs in tower hamlets”
“Show me all the jobs in a one mile radius”
I see this working with a new breed of job aggregation sites, perhaps with (eugh) value-added elements like CV screening, intial phone interviewing etc for higher job-value employers.
The intention would be that jobs could be syndicated to online and offline (e.g. local newsletters) and government agencies (e.g. JobCentrePlus).
Here’s a picture which might help explain what I mean.
What are the BENEFITS to people?
1) The cost of advertising a vacancy is reduced to nil
2) More jobs are advertised
3) More people are able to see the jobs nearest to them (travel is a huge impediment to the poorer, older, younger or disabled job seeker).
4) There is likely to be a better fit between people looking for jobs and people finding jobs.
What is the COMPETITION?
Newspapers, existing online job boards.
This idea is an improvement because it helps both ends of the job market (employee and employer) and shifts the value-added element to cv screening, interviewing and aggregation (more specific search) rather than sheer volume of eyeballs on the site.
What BUDGETS & LOGISTICS are required?
The budget for the site itself could be incredibly cheap ($10k + bandwidth), more with a call-centre type operation.
However, what this idea is really about is making something quite difficult and expensive, into something simpler. I’m relying on what mysociety does best: spreading the word.