Local Government Jobs

Free job listings for councils – FAQ

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is LG Jobs?
  2. What is the LG Jobs free job listings offer for local government organisations
  3. Who is eligible to use the LG Jobs free job listings service?
  4. I am a current subscriber to Jobsgopublic services, how will the free job listings service affect me?
  5. Is it really free?
  6. How many user accounts can I have?
  7. Am I able to set up a user account for a generic recruitment email address?
  8. What are the chargeable services?
  9. I notice there are now facilities for site sponsorship – how can I take advantage of this?

1. What is LG Jobs?

Founded as a sister site to jobsgopublic.com in 2003, LGJobs.com was developed to give something back to the public sector providing a platform through which vacancies could be advertised free of charge.

2. What is the LG Jobs free job listings offer for local government organisations?

  • self-service job listing (post your jobs when you need to)
  • free job listing for 30 days on a DDA compliant website
  • job listing will automatically expire after the 30 day freelisting service
  • listings can include branded job descriptions and person specifications
  • clients can choose their own application methods
  • reporting on vacancy performance and application statistics
  • increased traffic to your job listings when candidates sign up to receive jobs by email

3. Who is eligible to use the LG Jobs free job listings service?

All councils in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are eligible to use the free job listing service.

The free service is only available to councils and users require a valid local government email address to access the self-service upload facility.

This service is open to organisations posting direct listings only. Listings must direct applicants to where they can apply for the role without redirecting to a third party.

4. I am a current subscriber to Jobsgopublic services, how will the free job listings service affect me?

jobsgopublic.com subscribers have already been benefitting from free job postings on LG Jobs and will continue to do so. Local Government vacancies placed on the Jobsgopublic website will continue to be automatically fed into the LG Jobs website without the need for additional effort or cost.

5. Is it really free?

Yes! All nominated council users can access the free of charge services.

For added value there are additional chargeable services available. To find out more about these services please contact a member of the sale team at sales@jobsgopublic.com or call them on 0207 427 8278

6. How many user accounts can I have?

There are 5 free user accounts for every authority. Larger councils will generate higher posting volumes, requiring additional support and technical requirements. To fairly reflect these associated costs, a small charge of £500 will be made for additional user licences beyond the introductory 5 free user accounts.

7. Am I able to set up a user account for a generic recruitment email address?

For this free, and/or heavily subsidised service to be maintained, it is important that all users of the service respect the terms of use. The sharing of user accounts and password details is prohibited for the following reasons:

  1. In order to comply with the Computer Misuse Act 1990
  2. Individuals are accountable for content posted via their allocated licence
  3. Individual licence holders are accountable for any technical abuse
  4. Data accessed through the system (e.g. candidate data/applications) is logged against a specific user id, which needs to be an individual, in order to comply with data protection
  5. Any user leaving the council will have their account closed, in order to comply with data protection and to prevent misuse. Any shared user would, therefore, simultaneously lose all data.

Please let Local Government Improvement & Development know if any allocated users leave your organisation and their individual account will be deleted.

The free service will continue to be funded by the Local Government Improvement & Development, providing that regular supplier audits confirm the above policies are being followed. Misuse will result in accounts being cancelled and access rights revoked.

8. What are the chargeable services?

LG Jobs provides a self-service facility to enable councils to advertise their vacancies free of charge. There are a number of value-added capabilities available provide additional branded services and functionality that can be implemented to increase your profile on the LG Jobs website and will also enhance the candidate experience:

  • Online Application Form – this is customised to reflect a council’s branding, and enables candidates to immediately apply for the job via a secure online application. Once completed, the candidate can adapt and re-use this application for other vacancies as appropriate.
  • Downloadable application forms (Word/PDF) – Branded with the council’s logo, this facility enables candidates to download a protected application document and then either email, or post it to the council.
  • Employer Brochure Page – This is an opportunity for councils to sell themselves as employers – they can provide jobseekers with an online brochure about the benefits of working there.
  • Enhanced Advertising and Promotion opportunities – Branding packages provide an excellent opportunity to promote a council’s jobs and drive traffic to their listings.

For further information on these value added services please contact sales@jobsgopublic.com or call them on 0207 427 8278

9. I notice there are now facilities for site sponsorship – how can I take advantage of this?

Advertising or sponsorship on LG Jobs is the ideal environment to further attract the right candidates for your vacancies. We offer a range of opportunities from enhanced listing, banners and buttons, to full site sponsorship. To find out more contact sales@jobsgopublic.com or call them on 0207 427 8278

10. Is it possible to upload our jobs to LGjobs automatically as part of the free service?

Yes, you can upload via an API (Application Programming Interface) to automate the transfer of jobs from your own site to LGjobs. For this to happen, your web developer will need to create a link to the API.

If you are interested in using this method, please email freelisting@lgjobs.com. We will set up a user account for you and provide you with the additional details you need.