Electronic marketplaces: a way to tackle worklessness?

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have just published a think-piece on electronic markets (pdf, 1.09mb) by Wingham Rowan, project director of Slivers-of-Time.

The underlying premise is simple: there are plenty of people who would like to work, but can’t commit to regular hours because of family commitments or recurring medical conditions.

There are also lots of businesses which could benefit from hiring people for an hour or two at a time at short notice, without all of the overheads associated with traditional recruitment agencies.

Slivers-of-Time working is designed to connect the two using online electronic marketplaces—a sort of ‘eBay for jobs’—in a way that could help ease workless people back into the workforce and supply businesses with a flexible pool of vouchsafed, accredited labour.

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Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands seek local improvement advisors

Improvement & Development Agency logoImprovement and Efficiency West Midlands are recruiting local improvement advisors to help advise and support Local Strategic Partnerships around the following specialisms:

  • Adult health and wellbeing
  • Financial management
  • Data sharing
  • Climate change and environmental leadership

Person specification and application forms are available from the Improvement and Development Agency.

Closing date: 5pm on 15 April 2009

Secondment opportunity for a Research Assistant

Logo of West Midlands Regional ObservatoryWe currently have an opportunity for a Research Assistant to join the West Midlands Regional Observatory on a 12-​month secondment covering maternity leave.

You’ll provide technical and administrative support to the Observatory’s Research Team, and play an important part in compiling and maintaining data, preparing reports and managing enquiries.

More information and details on how to apply are available through Advantage West Midlands. [Applications for this vacancy are now closed.]

Closing date: 9th February 2009

Graduate recruitment and the ‘credit crunch’

Graduates in gowns and mortarboards at graduation ceremonyAccording to a student briefing recently issued by the University of Birmingham’s Careers and Employability Centre, prospects for graduates seeking employment remain positive in the downturn.

Graduate recruiters and employers who actively recruit University of Birmingham students within a range of sectors and professions report that they intend to continue to recruit graduates at the same level as previous years.

This is due to recognition that recruiting fresh talent ensures business competitiveness now and after the recession.

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We’re recruiting for a Research Analyst

Logo of West Midlands Regional ObservatoryWe currently have a vacancy for a Research Analyst to join us at the West Midlands Regional Observatory. Further details about the role and how to apply are available from Advantage West Midlands.

For other information please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 0121 503 3444.

The closing date is 28 November 2008 for applications has now passed.