Stockport jobs matching service proves to be a big success during first month

Stockport Jobs Match helps to connect employers who have urgent temporary or permanent vacancies with available applicants

Stockport jobs matching service proves to be a big success during first month

Stockport Jobs Match, which was launched by the council last month in response to demand from sectors experiencing a shortage of staff such as retail and heath care, has proved to be a big hit with employers and job hunters alike.

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

In its first month, 113 jobs were advertised on the website by 37 employers. As well as this, there were 311 registrations and 1258 CVs sent to employers via Jobs Match. There were also almost 3,000 visitors to the website.

Councillor David Meller, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy at Stockport Council, said: “Doing all we can to assist local people in securing employment during such a challenging time is a big priority for the council and we quickly sprung into action to provide this much needed service.

"Jobs Match is quite unique in the level of service it offers in matching candidates to employers and providing employers directly with CV’s and this approach seems to working really well given the excellent feedback we have had from both employers and candidates.”

Neelam IIyas, Recruitment Advisor at The Guinness Partnership, said:: “I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was an initiative put together by the local council at such short notice to help those affected by Covid 19. Within three days of posting the job, I was sent a list of potential candidates to contact and discuss the opportunities we have in the business.

"The turnaround time was extremely quick! I have a few more candidates to reach out to this week, but the response so far has been brilliant. A fantastic service to help all those during these unprecedented times.”

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.

Those looking to improve their skills or boost their job prospects can now access a number of free courses thanks to a new online platform – The Skills Toolkit - to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home.

Employers are also encouraged to use The Skills Toolkit to help to support and develop furloughed employees who are interested in learning from home.