Less than a year after Hertfordshire launched the UK's first fully interactive public sector recruitment website, online applications have outnumbered those made on paper.
'This is proving to be a real success story,' said Alan Searing, executive member for efficiencies and IT. 'Providing an online recruitment service makes it easy for people to both search and apply for jobs and helps to reduce paperwork and unnecessary bureaucracy.
'As many people now use Internet shopping and holiday booking services, we expected the site to be attractive to jobseekers. In the event, take-up has been even more rapid than we anticipated.'
Developed through a partnership with private sector partners Manpower, www.hertsdirect.org/jobs offers users daily updated job vacancies, online CV and career advice, e-application forms and an email 'job alert' service which automatically notifies them of new vacancies.
Latest available usage figures show that the home page attracted 11,318 visits in January, with 10,130 users going on to use the search facility. More than a thousand people registered with the site and 953 have subscribed to the email service.