A Comprehensive Review of the UK’s Most Popular Job Sites

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In today’s market, looking for a new job or finding suitable employees involves wading through more advertising media than ever before.  With so many job boards to choose from, we have created a useful overview of the most popular sites used by UK job seekers and employers.  Sites vary on their ability to provide companies with bespoke recruitment packages and the range of technology that they use.  For job seekers, the range of search options, careers advice and the ability to link with social media greatly differentiates your choices.  For simply searches, there are also some basic sites that can provide only what you really need.

 

reed

 

Reed (www.reed.co.uk)

About the company

Reed is a family business founded in 1960.  They are based in London but they have offices worldwide.  Reed has been advertising online since 1995.

What services do they provide?

For job seekers – the website provides a job search function, CV upload facility, careers advice and course search function.

For employers – companies can purchase a basic advertisement package to send applications to your inbox or an enhanced package where the team filter applicants and conduct CV searches.

What do they specialize in?

Reed covers more than 34 industries but specializes in temporary, accountancy, finance, sales and executive roles.  They are particularly strong in London.  Their services also include IT and HR consultancy services along with careers guidance.

What’s their web traffic like?

They claim to be the UK’s biggest job site.  There are almost 300,000 jobs on the site.  They receive 2 million unique visits per month and receive over 1.5 million job applications per month.  They also have a database of 12,000 recruiters and 2.5m job seekers worldwide.

What are their reviews like?

Reed were rated 4/5 stars (www.simplifiedrecruitment.com) – as one of the best sites for standard level jobs that need to reach a wide audience.  Generally, across numerous review sites, they seem to be rated positively by job seekers and they are recommended by other recruitment sites.

Is the site easy to use?

Job seekers can search by specialism, location and salary range (not a common feature for job boards).  They offer comprehensive careers advice.  There is also a list of local offices to contact rather than generic contacts which can be a more personal approach.

 

monster

 

Monster (www.monster.co.uk)

About the company

Monster is a leading global recruitment brand.  They have been based in New York since 1999.  As a company, Monster owns many American job sites (and has bought out and subsequently shut down many others including HotJobs from Yahoo).  They have offices in 36 countries.

What services do they provide?

For job seekers – the use of technology is their forte – they offer the latest technology in semantic search facilities (6Sense CV search, SeeMore semantic searching, Career AD Netwrok) and social media including a professional networking app on Facebook (BeKnown).  Monster also provides careers advice, CV writing guidance and has a salary calculator.

For employers – employers can take advantage of free social recruitment tools, a powerful CV search facility (6Sense), as well as local and sector-specific packages, 14 day posting packages and a consultancy service to screen and select candidates from across social media sources.

What do they specialize in?

Monster is geographically strong in London but they also have above average levels of regional advertising.  Their specialism is using the very latest technology and social media to aid recruitment.  By industry, their key strengths are in IT, accountancy, finance and engineering.

What’s their web traffic like?                                     

Monster is the largest job search engine in the world with 3 million site visits per month.

What are their reviews like?

Monster won Website of the Year (2011) and ‘Best Generalist Job Board’ (2011) at National Online Recruitment Awards (NORAUK).  They are rated 4/5 starts by www.simplifiedrecruitment.com.  There are lots of positive testimonials from employers on their website but less positive reviews from job seekers on other review sites.

Are they easy to use?

Testimonials on their own website from employers cite great customer service and easy to use search functions.  However, the site design is fairly ‘busy’ and it is not always obvious how to navigate to the service that you require.

 

totaljobs

 

Total Jobs (www.totaljobs.co.uk)

About the company

Total Jobs is owned by ‘Stepstone’ (part of the wider Axel Springer media group).   They are a European job board but they have had a UK base in London since 2008.

What services do they provide?

For job seekers – they can help create a CV and online job profile, they also provide CV templates, careers guidance and email alerts.

For employers – they offer a basic advertising package for employers (sent to inbox) but no enhanced selection/filtering packages.  They can post advertisements on Facebook and Google.  You can buy CV database access per day or per week.

What do they specialize in?

The website is generalist in terms of industries covered but they do specialize in qualified specialist and executive staff.

What’s their web traffic like?

Total Jobs is used by 1 in 6 job seekers.  They have over 20,000 new registrations each week and the website has more than 90,000 vacancies at any one time.

What are their reviews like?

There are lots of positive reviews across numerous review sites for its simple-to-use layout.  Total jobs is rated 3/5 stars by recruitmentreviews.com

Are they easy to use?

They have a straightforward ‘tab’-based layout as well as short video tours and ‘help’ videos.  Other useful resources include lists of interview questions, career profiles and information on psychometric testing.

 

fish4

 

Fish4 (www.fish4.co.uk)

About the company

Fish4 are owned by Trinity Mirror Digital Recruitment who also own many other more specialist job sites tailored to specific sectors.   Fish4 are a global organization with fish4jobs running online since 2005.

What services do they provide?

For job seekers – the site offers a CV upload function.  In addition, they can assist with job profile creation and CV advice as well as allowing you to link your profile to your own LinkedIn profile and CV.  Fish4 also provides email and Twitter job alerts.

For employers – employers can purchase 7 day advertising packages with other options available by inquiry.

What do they specialize in?

They are generalist in terms of sectors that they advertise, but their recent takeover of more specialist sites has enabled them to develop expertise in finance, education, health, graduate jobs and city-specific job searches.

What’s their web traffic like?

Fish4 has 13,000 jobs online at any one time and approximately 75,000 new job seekers each month.

What are their reviews like?

Review sites show mixed reviews from both job seekers and advertisers – the website is easy to use but the customer service and immediacy of the adverts has been negatively commented on.  However, they have been rated 4/5 stars by www.recruitmentreviews.com

Are they easy to use?

Job seekers can specify salary range and type of contract.  The website also offers web seminars on how to write successful applications.  Their search function can also make recommendations based on individual job-search behavior.

 

cvlibrary

 

CV Library (www.cvlibrary.co.uk)

About the company

CV Library is the UK’s leading independent job board.  They are UK based (Hampshire) and have been online since 2000.

What services do they provide?

For job seekers – they have a comprehensive ‘careers centre’ with interview and CV advice, the website also boasts company profiles, email alerts, a handy mobile app as well as a training and course search facility.

For employers – their main strength is their large searchable CV database.  Employers can buy 4 week posting packages with account manager support.  Postings will also appear on LinkedIn and Twitter. A distinctive feature is their provision of monthly usage reports to see if employers are getting the most from their package.  In addition, employers can request bespoke packages including targeted eShots.

What do they specialize in?

CV Library is a generalist website with over 70 sectors represented.

What’s their web traffic like?

The website has over 100,000 vacancies at any one time and over 7,000 CVs in their database.  They have 2.3 million unique visitors to their site each month.

What are their reviews like?

CV Library are rated 4/5 stars by recruitmentreviews.com. They also have lots of positive testimonials from both job seekers and employers on their website. 

Are they easy to use?

Job seekers can search by salary and contract type – they have a comprehensive search facility.  Their website is ‘busy’ but simple to navigate.

 

Indeed Jobs

 

Indeed (www.indeed.co.uk)

About the company

Indeed is a subsidiary company of Recruit Holdings.  The main offices are in the US but they also have offices in Dublin and London.  Indeed have been online since 2004.  The website covers 50 countries and 26 languages and cites that it is the number one job site worldwide.

What services do they provide?

For job seekers – they have a simple job search by keyword and location but job seekers can refine the search by salary range and distance and it can select by company.  Indeed also offers email alerts.

For employers – they have an open-access CV search – employers can search by keyword, title, distance and years of experience.

What do they specialize in?

Indeed is a generalist website covering a huge range of sectors and companies.

What’s their web traffic like?

Worldwide, Indeed has over 100 million unique visitors per month. 

What are their reviews like?

Indeed has many positive reviews for their easy-to-use website but some more negative reviews regarding out-of-date postings.

Are they easy to use?

The site is simple to navigate and has a useful and detailed search function.

 

Career Builder

 

 Career Builder (www.careerbuilder.co.uk)

About the company

Career Builder was founded in 1995.  The company is co-owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI).   Career Builder has offices worldwide and also powers the careers sites for several newspapers, MSN and Yahoo.

What services do they provide?

For job seekers – they have a CV upload function and a mobile app.  Job seekers can sign up for job recommendations and alerts.  The website also offers company reviews, has an intelligent search function and provides careers advice.

For employers – companies can purchase 30 day packages which include social media and mobile advertising, a CV database search facility as well as a ‘source and screen’ recruitment service.

What do they specialize in?

Career Builder is a generalist website.

What’s their web traffic like?

Worldwide, Career Builder has more than 24 million unique visitors per month.

What are their reviews like?

 There are some negative review regarding spam emails and customer service.Career Builder was rated 2.5/5 stars by www.sitejabber.com, but there are a few more positive reviews elsewhere.

Are they easy to use?

Job vacancies are easy to find, but the application process is unwieldy.

Overall, the main job boards reviewed above differ greatly in their range of facilities – from basic job searches to the latest technology and comprehensive careers and application guidance.  They also differ in their coverage – from options to restrict searches geographically to opportunities to reach a worldwide audience.  Each job seeker and company is unique and there are recruitment options out there to suit every need.

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