Location within the University: Vanguard Centre, University of Warwick Science Park.
Staff: We have 25 staff working at jobs.ac.uk, in 3 teams - the Adverts Team who place the adverts onto the site, the Support Team who provide finance, customer care, website and database support, and the Business Development Team who market and sell the site.
Function/Role of Department: jobs.ac.uk was created in 1997 by the University of Warwick and the Universities Advertising Group (UAG), with the aim to provide a cost effective alternative to advertising jobs in traditional print media for the Higher Education sector.
Since our launch we have grown significantly and today jobs.ac.uk is the top recruitment site in its sector – advertising 40,000 jobs a year for all UK Universities, FE colleges, NHS Trusts, Research Institutes, Government, Charities, Public Sector Employers and Commercial Companies.
Works closely with: All the UK University HR departments, Adsfab, Eduserv, Enhance Media, ABCE, Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Current projects: Launching a career development section with advice and information for our jobseekers on how to achieve their career goals, co-hosting a conference for senior HE managers in January, holding four networking events for our customers in November across the UK.
Recent successes: At the beginning of October 2006 we had our 150,000th subscriber sign up to our free Jobs by Email service: a huge achievement for a 'niche' job site, but this also represents the wider power and popularity of online recruitment as a whole.
In June 2006 we were audited by ABCE and had an amazing 434,000 unique jobseekers visiting the site in that month, a trend which is on the increase.
In 2005, we were over four times more effective at sourcing employees in 'academic and research' posts than print media, in a series of seven independent university surveys involving Aberdeen, Bristol, Brunel, Exeter, King’s College London, Oxford Brookes and Warwick.
Future projects: Next year we will be implementing a new and improved back end system allowing us to streamline our processes and offer more to our jobseekers and customers.