The government’s Jobcentre Plus agency has teamed up with local government digital TV portal Looking Local to give viewers real-time access to a job vacancies database.
Digital TV viewers can search more than 400,000 vacancies a week by postcode, to find job opportunities in their local area. The service is available to anyone that has access to Sky, cable or broadband enabled Freeview boxes.
The range of vacancies is the same as that available at local Jobcentre Plus offices or through the agency's website. But employment minister Jim Murphy said: “With over 70% of homes now owning at least one digital TV set a greater number of people have access to digital TV than the web. This is a great way to bring a comprehensive job search facility to those without access to the internet.”
Looking Local is run by DigiTV, a not-for-profit service a wholly owned and run by Kirklees council for local authorities and the wider public sector. The new service connects the TV portal with the Jobcentre Plus database – which is maintained under contract by EDS – via an XML interface. No data is held by DigiTV.
The integration project between the database and the TV portal was funded by DigiTV after the channel’s steering committee and the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now the Department of Communities and Local Government) agreed the move as an upgrade to the Looking Local service.