Stockport Jobs Match marks 100 days of success

Service that was set up to help people gain employment during Coronavirus pandemic has hit important milestone

Stockport Jobs Match marks 100 days of success

Stockport Jobs Match, a service that was set up to bring together businesses looking for more staff and people who are looking for work during the Coronavirus outbreak, has marked 100 days in operation with some glowing praise from employers in the borough.

The service was launched by the council in late March in response to the twin labour market challenges of people losing their jobs and increased demand from some sectors experiencing a shortage of staff, such as online retail and health care.

It helps to directly connect employers who have urgent temporary or permanent vacancies with applicants who are immediately available and in need of employment.

And now 100 days down the line, it has proved to be a big hit with employers and job hunters alike.

Abby Claydon, from Helping Hands, an employer in the care sector, said: “Advertising our roles with Stockport Jobs match service has been a smooth and easy process enabling us to get additional exposure for our vacancies in the local area.

“Helping Hands aims to recruit carers from the local area as much as possible and this service has been great in connecting us with people in the local area who are in need of work, both due to the Coronavirus pandemic and in general.

“We have been very lucky to be one of the few companies still actively recruiting during this time and the jobs match service has enabled us to make more local people aware of our opportunities.”

Amber Beardmore, from Stockport-based Creative Support, agreed adding that the service provided by the Stockport Jobs Match team showed that jobseekers in the borough were being supported during this difficult period.

“Caroline and the Jobs Match Team have really gone out of their way to support us with our recruitment campaign - and they continue to do so,” she added.

“Their free advertising and CV matching service has already connected us with an impressive number of applicants, so I would absolutely recommend this free service to local employers or jobseekers. It’s thanks to these local initiatives that jobseekers feel genuinely supported and listened to.”

Caroline Patten, from Stockport Jobs Match, said demand for the service has been growing rapidly.

“Having initially been set up in a matter of days as a crisis response tool, Jobs Match has now developed into a really important solution to support local jobseekers back into employment as part of the recovery process,” she said.

“With more than 150 live vacancies and new jobs uploaded daily, we’re letting people know that Stockport is back open for business, companies are hiring and there are jobs available.

“The response from local employers has been fantastic. We’ve been helping independent businesses to reach more applicants and fill their jobs quicker.
“Many are looking to attract candidates from close-by to support the local community and simply could not afford to pay for job board advertising. We now have more than 40 companies who are regularly using Stockport Jobs Match to advertise their jobs and connect with great candidates.”

The website features job opportunities from all sectors who are experiencing a surge in demand including supermarkets who have vacancies for positions including sales staff, shelf stackers, warehouse operatives and delivery drivers.

There is also a call for temporary staff to cover priority functions due to sickness including in the areas of healthcare, social care and education.

People looking for work can also upload their CV (or an overview of their recent employment and key skills if they do not have a CV) and request to be alerted to vacancies matching their skills.

Support services can also be arranged such as help developing a CV and preparing for video interviews.

The service is a free to use resource for both individuals and businesses.
Visit Stockport Jobs Match for more information.