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Re-launch for popular public sector jobs site that attracts millions of hits a month

Re-launch for popular public sector jobs site that attracts millions of hits a month

West Midlands Employers (WME) has re-launched WMJobs, the website it hopes will become a central hub for anyone seeking employment in the region. The site officially re-launched on 12 June after six months of work to give it a new look and feel and an upgrade to the IT system.

This flagship product has gone from strength to strength and the site now gets millions of hits per month leading to over 16,500 job applications made through the site. In addition it has saved local authority partners approaching &pound2 million through, reducing external advertising costs, offering manager self-service of the recruitment process and streamlining extensive staff redeployment to reduce redundancy.

Lumesse is providing WMJobs with a integrated platform that allows all the local boroughs to access information across the board. The HR software provider was chosen by WMJobs as the package offered was both competitive and unique compared with other companies. WMJobs has also used Lumesse to update its existing infrastructure to allow better efficiency and cost-effective operation. Lumesse works with a range of public sector companies to find and manage talent as well as reducing the cost associated with recruiting and training employees.

Rebecca Davis, Head of Organisational Development at WME said: “WMJobs not only advertises public sector vacancies in the region, but it can also provide dynamic recruitment solutions which makes the shortlisting process more efficient. We’ve also invested in new promotional tools such as video content to show how interesting the public sector is as a career choice, so that we attract the brightest and most talented people for our partners.

“We have ambitious plans to the next three years and want to expand WMJobs nationally so that even more people can benefit from this system.”

WMJobs is a partnership of 29 public sector organisations. The site continues to grow its profile and high volumes of traffic, seeing an average of 10 million hits and over 800,000 unique visitors per month.

Jack Hegarty, Managing Director at Wychavon said: “Getting high quality candidates into work is essential for us to be able to develop and provide high quality services for our residents. The WMJobs system is easy to use, is reducing costs for our organisation allowing us to reallocate resources elsewhere and applicants tell us they find it user friendly and a better service. The website is fresh and vibrant and it provides lots of information on the benefits of working here.”

Nick Holmes, Managing Director of Lumesse, who has been at the forefront of the implementation, said: “We work with many public sector organisations to help drive efficiency and improve the candidate’s experience. This experience, paired with our efficient and bespoke HR software, has enabled us to work with WMJobs to build an infrastructure and portal that not only serves a wide range of candidates but provides them with a comprehensive search engine. This is a shining example of how a shared resource can make significant cost savings, as well as deliver a highly professional experience.”      

What makes WMJobs different from normal recruitment portals?

&middot         Employer led so there are no agency jobs, only real jobs for real people.

&middot         Allows partners to directly and simply manage recruitment and reduce the need for HR support.

&middot         Offers full end to end recruitment and talent management service.

&middot         Makes it easier for people to apply for a vacancy, helping to get people back into work, by using competency based questions and CV’s.

&middot         The website has a wealth of information about applying for a job or working in the public sector.

&middot         Manages talent pools, so people can register for specific roles and get alerts in those areas.

&middot         People can get job alerts and register for alerts of roles in their area or expertise or interest.

&middot         Ambitious plans for the next 3 years for WMJobs, to expand the job advertising service to be national and sign-up even more full partners in the shared service.

&middot         Any public sector organisation can use WMJobs to advertise vacancies or explore joining the partnership and use the full-system.

Anyone interested in signing up for WMJobs should contact Rebecca Davis 0845 352 7013 or r.davis@wmemployers.org.uk

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