Feeds

Jobcentre turns to the iPhone

'gis a job - there's an app for that

SANS - Survey on application security programs

The UK's Jobcentre Plus service is now available through an iPhone application and Android, providing a vital service to the jobless-but-gadget-obsessed.

The app is free to download and provides for keyword searching, with location-specific filtering and maps showing where the work is - we found the location part a bit optimistic in the way it broadens the search area until it gets some hits, but that's a small quibble.

JobSeeker iPhone Application

Not just for labourers from Blackpool

The real question is why searching for a job needs to be done on a mobile phone? It could be argued that anyone looking for work would be better sat in front of a PC, a view underlined by the announcement that 50 job centres around the country would be sharing a couple of hundred PCs between them for exactly that reason.

Apparently 13 per cent of the jobs advertised through jobcentres now require digital applications. That's 350,000 vacancies which are closed to those without access to a PC, or a high-end smart phone.

Except that the mobile application can't actually be used to apply for the job. For that you'll need to call Jobseeker Direct and give them the reference number of the job, so it's a search service and nothing more. It's also restricted to the iPhone and Android platforms - users of lesser handsets will have to rely on the web site, or travel into town.

But encouraging people to search for a better job more often can only be a good thing, and ten minutes of boredom is probably better spent looking for a job than playing Tetris. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.