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Jobs board focuses on roles at companies that ‘do good’

Last week member states of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) agreed on new plans to create more jobs in sustainable industries.

The new jobs website, Jobs For Good,  is aimed at people who want to find jobs in sustainability industries where they can make a social impact. There are already 1,200 roles live on the website.

According to PWC’s latest reports, one in five people are looking to change jobs, with 68% of these wanting a more fulfilling job. Further, with over 70% of millennials wanting employers with a strong environmental agenda and 10% of workers saying that they would take a pay cut to work at an environmentally responsible company, it’s clear that there is a growing demand for jobs in companies that are ‘for good’.

In the UK, the ‘impact industry’ is worth £50 billion, employs 35,000 people, and has grown 127% since 2018.

The new jobs board only features jobs in companies that “do good” in that they positively impact people or the planet and are run responsibly. These can be in areas such as renewable energy, food production, health and wellbeing solutions, etc.

On the site, job seekers can search by job type and impact area without needing to sign in. They can then read about the companies’ ‘do good’ credentials before applying for the job online.

Job sectors include IT, marketing, product, sales, and admin roles, and companies are vetted for their ‘For Good’ credentials before they can add jobs to the website.

Olivia Spaethe, CEO of Jobs For Good, commented:  ‘Originally we built Jobs For Good in response the ‘Great Resignation’ and people looking for more fulfilling roles in sustainable companies. We’re really encouraged to see the UK Government and OECD agreeing to invest and focus more on this area too. We’re here to plug an important gap between sustainable start-ups looking for new workers, and those workers looking for the right do-good company to work for.’

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Twice as many job seekers in the city compared to same time last year

According to job seeker data from job aggregator, ClickJobs.io, 35.4% of all job seekers in the last month were applying for roles in the capital, putting London in the lead for job applications in the UK.

Year on year, these figures show a huge spike. During the same period last year, 19.7% of applications were for jobs in London. The next city on the list, Birmingham, only accounted for 3.7% of applications. Manchester and Leeds followed at only 2%.

The spike comes as no surprise as offices reopen post-pandemic and people begin to return to the city. While this is good news for London-based businesses, it could negatively impact hiring employers in other cities and regions.

Joe Boll, CEO at ClickJobs.io, commented: “At CilckJobs.io we believe it is essential to understand how job seekers are applying for the latest jobs across our portfolio of websites to ensure we can offer the very best solution to mirror these trends. This new data shows a huge increase in demand for jobs in London which is good news for the capital but could impact other regions looking to attract talent.

We manage millions of jobs every week which means we can quickly see how the market is changing and what key trends are happening across employment in the UK.”

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Those looking for a career change as a result of the pandemic might wish to consider some of the more specialised areas of finance, healthcare, tech and law if the results of a recent analysis are anything to go by.

Jobs website Indeed sifted through hundreds of thousands of full-time job postings on its platform to come up with a list of jobs that are highly paid but receive little interest from jobseekers compared with other roles.

Topping its list of the 20 jobs with the highest pay and lowest competition was geriatric doctor, which despite having a median salary of £57,349 a year, received 95% fewer clicks from jobseekers than other jobs on Indeed.

The healthcare sector accounted for 40% of the jobs on Indeed’s list (see table below), while the job of tax partner, at number 10 on the list, had the highest salary in the top 20 at £128,750 a year.

Bill Richards, managing director for the UK at Indeed, said: “With hiring resuming in earnest, getting people back into work is vital but these findings show there are still some sectors where there is not an abundance of candidates.

“The roles with the least competition are highly specialised, and employers often find they need to pay a premium to attract qualified candidates. Workers who have, or who are in training to get, these in-demand skills can expect to be wooed by big salaries.”

While admittedly the healthcare roles on the list require an intensive amount of training, there were also three tech jobs on the list.

Those with technical leanings interested in a career change could find it much less time-consuming to obtain relevant skills for these jobs than is the case for medicine. The added bonus is that it’s definitely a growth area, according to Richards.

“The availability of tech jobs, for example, is only going to increase as our world becomes even more digitised – and some workers may benefit from getting qualifications relevant to this sector,” said Richards.

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