s1jobs is Scotland’s most popular recruitment platform for job seekers and employers alike. It attracts over 600,000 users every month and is used by more than 2,000 companies, including Scotland’s top 5 Plcs. It's also number 1 with recruiters and is used by thousands of companies including Scotland's biggest employers.
Jobboard Finder’s opinion
Summary: Created in 2001, S1 Jobs is Scoland’s leading job board. There isn’t much information about the group on the website, but it does belong to a larger group other sites for different products or services, all starting with S1. It has high steady number of visitors (over 668 000 a month) and the different social media pages are updated regularly. There are 6 758 followers on Twitter, 37 879 on Facebook, 3 724 on LinkedIn and 555 followers on YouTube. The second two are primarily for recruiters.
Design: The search engine (keywords, location, core skills and specialisms) appears on the homepage over a changing image of Scotland. You can also see featured employers (most of which are hiring), popular searches, recommended jobs, some blog articles and information about the site. Once in the job listing, the offers include logos, salaries and publication dates (which are also visible for the offers featured on the homepage). Filters (keywords, salary, core skills, location, advert type, employment hours, contract type and employer type) are on the left-hand side and at the top of the list. Job offers can be sorted by newness, relevance and salary. Companies can opt for a large banner above their job offer, but otherwise, the layout is standard. The useful information appears at the top (including closing dates). Companies pages have two panels for video and gallery, and another two for the description and vacancies. The information provided in quite interesting (see “special features”).
The job board objective: By posting all Scottish job offers in one convenient location, S1 jobs has made it easier for jobseekers and recruiters to find each other.
Recruiter observations: The site takes you step by step through the recruitment process to make it as effortless as possible. To purchase credits, very few details are required (just a phone number and the location).
Jobseeker observations: It’s easy to create an account and upload a CV.
The job offers: There are 4 859 jobs online right now. The most sought-after core skills are Education/Teaching, Social Services/Housing and Admin/Secretarial/PA.
Reactivity: You can contact the team through Facebook and there is chat support on the recruiter page. The team answers quickly.
Special features: The blog (with very specific subcategories); the number of staff on company pages; the men/women ratio on company pages; average age of staff on company pages; FAQ on company pages; chat support; the partner websites; the feedback options; key figures; the news section; the awards; job alerts; following company.
Verdict: The UX design is good and the site is user-friendly, not to mention the team reacts quickly. If you’re recruiting in Scotland, you cannot look past S1 Jobs.
Written by Ali Neill
As the job board tester and blog editor for the Jobboard Finder, Ali works on job boards from all around the world and keeps a close eye on the recruitment trends thanks to a number of sources, including the website's social media pages.
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