We are Socialcare.co.uk, the UK jobs board that specialises in jobs for care homes, home care and social services jobs, including social workers and support workers. This is where we post job-seeking help and information that we hope will be useful to anyone who's job hunting for a UK social care job.
Jobboard Finder’s opinion
Summary: Created in 2008, Niche Jobs LTd founded three different Healthcare related job boards in England and one in Ireland. Socialcare is a national specialist job board for social workers. The page layout is particularly attractive but the social media hasn’t been updated for a while (on Facebook, there are no updates since September for the 1 660 followers; no updates since August for the 1 130 Twitter followers and there are 615 followers on Linkedin). The visibility is not verifiable. All four job boards have a pinkish colour scheme and similar logos. The design for all four websites is also the same.
Design: The first image you see on the homepage is of a coloured aging woman’s face. As you scroll down the page, large images are featured for each new section. It aims to show how “people orientated” the website is, which makes sense for a healthcare job board. To access the jobs, you can use the search engine (keywords and location), the grid of categories, the recommended jobs or the company listing (in alphabetical order). In fact, you can choose to see only direct employers or only recruitment agencies (there are twice as many recruiters as direct employers). The information for each job offer is clear and the filter (the sector, location, job level, job type and hours) help find exactly what you want. Featured job offers appear in pink, expiry dates are visible once a job offer has been opened and similar jobs appear at the bottom. As for the company pages, there is a description of the company, a logo and job offers.
The job board objective: The idea is to put English (or Irish) jobseekers in contact with the right social worker jobs.
Recruiter observations: You can either get in contact with the team over the phone on with an inquiry e-mail, or you can order your job slot online (you create an account to do so).
Jobseeker observations: To create an account, you need to create an online CV, which is simple enough. The questions include your registration and registration number. When you apply to a job offer, the website creates the candidate e-mail for you and you just have to send it off.
The job offers: There are 2 629 job offers, which is about 900 less than what they had in June. Care home jobs, social work jobs and home care jobs are the most popular.
Special features: The blog (no articles since August); job alerts.
Verdict: I’s unfortunate that the visibility should be unknown, but the website is definitely easy to use for both recruiters and jobseekers. If you are in the medical and social work profession, you’ll appreciate the appealing design and clear information on Socialcare.
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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