As part of the testing of the new scraper logic, here at
ZOIS, is to examine Tweets by individual Jobcentres to see if the jobs, err, we’ll call them ‘postings’, had actually been captured by the Archive. It’s not very scientific, but has highlighted things that need needed further investigation in the past.
There was this early on …
But rather than simply checking that the JobId had indeed been scraped, I got diverted. Intrigued by what looked like a genuine posting backed by the Jobcentre, I started following links. You, my dear reader, can too and you’ll quickly find that the posting was in fact made by ‘Job Board Enterprises’, an agency. The posting looks for all the world like a crude scraping, but poorly anonymised, with some of Capita’s details within. The location is set as Ely, which is presumably why Ely’s Jobcentre is interested in it.
Full Time #ITSupportEngineer with Capita. Salary Undisclosed. jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/GetJob.aspx?Jo … #UniversalJobmatch
Ely Jobcentre @ElyJobcentre 2:41 am – 8 Sep 2014
The ‘apply’ button takes you to the Agency site, (Job Board Enterprises, where rather than the usual demand for a CV, there’s actually a well formatted posting. It would seem that you can only apply for this job via on 0845 telephone number. At this point you find that the vacancy is actually in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
It was decided not to call that number but rather do a little more ratching about. The Capita mentioned isn’t actually Capita themselves, but rather Capita Resourcing Limited. Capita Resourcing appear to act as a conventional Jobs Agency with a variety of postings for a large number of different companies, and the vacancy does indeed appear on their site. It also appears as if it is for Capita plc, the parent company. You need to register with Capita Resourcing and submit a CV for this to be forwarded to Capita, however. Presumably you’ll find all this out from that 0845 phone call.
But what of Capita. They are a large stock-market quoted company who have expanded greatly on the back of out-sourcing. Surely they’d have a significant Human Resources department, if only to cope with staff turnover and the like. Indeed visiting their web-site one does indeed find a significant Careers’ section. From there you are invited to look for current vacancy with Capita. Unsurprisingly, for an out-sourcing company, they’ve out-sourced this activity to PeopleFluent. A few key-word searches on the out-sourced Capita site suggest that Capita, or their out-sourcers, are unaware of this vacancy. Which leads to speculation of course, and I’ll leave that to you.
Capita do have a presence in Chippenham, in the form of Capita Secure Information Solutions. There’s nothing in Ely, as far as I know, perhaps you know different.
One last final nugget, @ElyJobcentre is soon to be closed and merged with a Cambridgeshire wide effort, @CambsJCP. Only on Twitter, mind. I think the bricks-and-mortar are safe, for now.
Update: This posting will almost certainly subject to some link-rot. The original UJM posting will disappear, but the Archive captured it as zois.com/10001205. 2014-09-11