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January 30, 2012

Historic Data on the FTP Server

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Martin Sullivan @ 11:20 am

Suggested by one who monikers themselves as “Daniel H”, I’ve published the historic data that’s started to accumulate in the historic part of the database on the FTP site. These vacancies are no-longer live, but maybe examined for statistical purposes, the word ‘statistical’ used in its broadest meaning.

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January 27, 2012

Interesting Job of the Week

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 12:10 pm

Every week I find an interesting job. I’m posting the result on the @JCPM_Feedback Twitter account, and it appears here too.

Martin’s interesting job of the week — Find the next Twiggy in Thames Ditton: http://zois.com/WYB32329.

Fashion Babylon is an online magazine and community for people interested in fashion, particularly designers and models. We’re in the process of stating our own model agency called Babylon models. We are seeking stylish well presented individuals to approach potential models and explain our companies proposition.

Fashion Babylon appears to be a professionally produced Fashion Blogging site.

Twittering Jobcentres Discovered This Week

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: , — Martin Sullivan @ 9:46 am

Eight new Twittering Jobcentres have been discovered this week:

Twittering Jobcentres are listed on @JCPM_Feedback/jcp/members, save those who’ve taken to blocking me (and those are listed on this Blog). A comprehensive inclusive list of Internet-active Jobcentre Plus Offices, including those that are using Twitter, can be found as a CSV file on the FTP server.

January 26, 2012

Some Bug Fixing

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 3:56 pm

As you may have read earlier, the disappearing central-Manchester Fountain Street office has spurred me to do some investigations with my now long-in-the-tooth set of Jobcentre addresses. I’ve encountered one or two problems with this, one of them seems to be that the official Jobcentre-finding web-site gives out Postcodes that are invalid when used in the Jobseekers Direct search boxes. As one of the scrapes involves looking at vacancies posted around a particular Jobcentre this is quite critical, and so must be addressed as a priority with a-priori data.

While I’m at it I’ve noticed that the newish code that dumps the twittering Jobcentre Twitter handle for those offices that use these things had a bug in it and a quote went in the wrong place. This is now fixed.

January 25, 2012

New ‘Numeric’ Jobcentres

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Martin Sullivan @ 3:46 pm

As a backup to the normal scrapes which run on the Jobseekers Direct web-site, I also run some scrapes on EURES, which provides something of a backup, and Northern Irish Jobs, should anybody be interested. Lately the EURES scrape has encountered some difficulties. Non-Jobcentre Plus data has started appearing in EURES, sourced from Jobcentre Plus, breaking the scraper in the process.

I’ve investigate these, and they appear to be vacancies from third-party commercial companies. Presumably they are relying on a success fee, should they place somebody.

The vacancies have a numeric non-geographic Jobcentre Office Codes, rather than the standard three-letter ones and can be searched for on the Jobseekers Direct web-site, but only by using the reference. They appear on EURES in respect to key-word searches, but not on Jobseekers Direct. They frequently have badly formatted text in them, and broken URLs, suggesting an uncompleted pilot of some description. The numeric code suggests a client company.

Typically you can see these on the Jobseekers Direct by typing such things as ’37640/853444′ or ’772/306729-120101189′ into the ‘Job title, job ref or SOC code’ box. As these are on the Jobseekers Direct site, they are subject to the usual user-friendly expiry, my ZOIS.com hack doesn’t work. They have the following disclaimer text:

These are not Jobcentre Plus owned vacancies. Jobcentre Plus is not responsible for the content. Any enquiries about these vacancies should be directed to the named contact on the vacancy and not Jobcentre Plus.

I’ve not done much so far with these things, other than ignore them. But I may return to them, should the phenomena grow.

January 20, 2012

The Everywhere Girl is Signing-On

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Martin Sullivan @ 11:22 am
Ever;ywhere Girl

Everywhere Girl

The ‘Everywhere Girl’ is a stock photograph of a young lady, looking suitably enthusiastic and reasonably intelligent. You can read about her at length and she’s become a minor Internet celebrity. Spotting her latest incarnation did become a fad for a while there. So, in some random clicking connected with the Jobcentre Mirror Database, I found that she’s now in the UK and not working for Dell any more. She seems to be setting-up an ‘Enterprise Club‘ for the UK’s jobless. Good for her.

Interesting Job of the Week

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 10:54 am

I’m posting the result on the @JCPM_Feedback Twitter account, and it appears here too.

Martin’s interesting job of the week — Be the next Debbie McGee in Mexborough: http://zois.com/MXX5112.

A magician is seeking a person active enough to appear in his magic show. The position requires moderate travelling. No expense to the assistant. No previous experience. The successful candidate will be happy to work in a variety of locations. Must be able to ad- lib and think upon their feet. The employer cannot offer an actual wage but would provide the assistant with a percentage of the function cost as payment.

Mexborough’s Jobcentre has recently started on Twitter (as @MEXBOROUGHJCP), but I don’t think this job has been mentioned.

While I was at it, I found a posting for a ‘TV Extra‘ in Flimby. Flimby is a rather run-down ex-colliery town between Maryport and Workington, so about as far removed from Hollywood as it is possible to imagine. But since the posting office, Maryport, is in the @JCPM_WCumbria Twitter Pilot, it has been tweeted.

Final Few Twittering Jobcentres Discovered This Week

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: , — Martin Sullivan @ 9:55 am

The program that searches Follower lists of known twittering Jobcentres for further likely candidates continues to do its work. It has been augmented by another  effort that examines what a Twitter search shows up for likely candidates that were hither-too unknown too. So here’s the final three for this week:

These have been noted by Tweets, but as I find them rather than using the previous policy of waiting until Friday.

The previous post, and the problems identifying the ‘new’ Manchester Fountain Street Jobcentre’s physical presence has caused me to do a bit of research into how people may find their local Jobcentre. It’s not easy and I’ll blog the results next week.

January 18, 2012

Jobcentre Plus Addresses and Twitter

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: , — Martin Sullivan @ 3:35 pm

That new automation is doing its job, I have to say. So much so, that I feel compelled to do an update now, on Wednesday, of the offices that it’s found. So, new tweeting Jobcentre Plus (JCP) offices noted this week, so far:

It’s still early days for most of them, they’ve not had a lot to say so far. The phenomena of Twittering Jobcentres hasn’t run its course so there will, I don’t doubt, be more.

In addition to the above there’s @WirralJCP. It’s not clear which office this is (the obvious ones would be Birkenhead or Wallesey). @MerseysideJCP, however, seems to have already a claim on the peninsula.

[Picture: City centre office]

Neither I nor Google think this is a Jobcentre

@JCPStratford is new and hasn’t tweeted yet. Stratford, that’s the one in east London, is unusual in that it has two Office Codes, but only one address (as far as I can see). I’ve given the new @JCPStratford one of them (Office Code SJC) and left the more ‘Olympic’ looking one (SBM) with @2012JobsJCP. If you know different please let me know.

While we’re looking at addresses, Manchester Fountain Street (Office Code FTS) appears to have physically closed. It doesn’t appear in maps and there’s no new Jobcentre nearby; the actual address now seems to be a Betting Shop. It did have a special Postcode, but this has now become illegal. The curious thing is that they’re still posting with the ‘FTS’ code as though they were in Fountain Street, and take care of vacancies arising in the centre of Manchester and Salford. Again, I’d appeal for information, but if nothing is forthcoming I’ll leave them vaguely in Fountain Street with an M2 Postcode

 

January 13, 2012

Interesting Job of the Week

Filed under: Jobcentre Plus Database Mirror — Tags: — Martin Sullivan @ 1:13 pm

I’m posting the result on the @JCPM_Feedback Twitter account, and it appears here too.

Martin’s interesting job of the week — Blog about watches in Brierly Hill: http://zois.com/STS53709.

… Duties will include: – Creating interesting and creative articles, relating to watches, jewellery and fashion.- Writing original online content and managing communities, forums and blogs – Writing copy and regularly updating social media pages – Writing and editing newsletters and other promotional material. …

I believe that the end-client is an on-line Jewellers.

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