Headlines: October 24th, 2000

More public sector jobs are going on line with the arrival on 1st November of www.lgjobs.com  This follows the launch of jobs4publicsector which went live on 20 October. The new service is a joint venture between the Improvement and Development Agency and jobsgopublic, a specialist Internet recruitment company.lgjobs.com is an enhanced version of an earlier IDEA venture, Jobsearch, which has provided a basic jobs advertising service for local government for the last three years. The new service offers different levels of sophistication ranging from a basic advert to a full recruitment service. The Agency believes that the time is ripe for the new service because local authorities have largely overcome their scepticism about the use of the Internet. Smaller authorities with limited budgets see it as the way they can attract high calibre candidates without the high cost of traditional advertising.

Recruiters will pay a varying annual subscription depending on the level of service they require. The site will also generate revenue through advertising. Jobsgopublic will pay a commission to the IDEA for the work done by the Agency. The website will be promoted directly by the IDEA to local authoirities and to jobseekers through its careers enquiry line and exhibitions, schools universities and libraries.

The IDEA intends to provide a complete careers service for local government with complementary sites: lgcareers.com and lggraduates.com.