• COSLA awarded UK Public Sector Digital Award for ‘myjobscotland’

London, 7 February, 2012 – COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) has won the award for ‘Best example of shared services in practice’ at the UK Public Sector Digital Awards through the creation of its Lumesse-powered www.myjobscotland.gov.uk career site. COSLA estimates that the savings from the site, which receives around 2.5 million visits from jobseekers each year, saves over £12 million in advertising costs alone annually. Today all 32 Councils and all 8 Fire and Rescue Services in Scotland use the site for their vacancies. Lumesse, Europe’s largest independent talent management software vendor, has worked with COSLA to build a site that not only saves a great deal of money, but also improves the candidate experience, raises the profile of public sector employers, and expands the available pool of jobseekers.

Counsellor Michael Cook, COSLA’s Spokesperson for Human Resource Management, who has responsibility for strategic HR across the entire Scottish local government workforce, said:

“I am delighted that myjobscotland has been recognised in this way. The way that councils recruit their workforce has been completely transformed. We have had councils and government departments from across the UK and indeed from Europe coming to see how we have achieved this success. There is immense scope for other partners in the public sector, from NHS to Higher Education, the Civil Service to the Police, to make really substantial savings while providing an improved service.”

myjobscotland has transformed the market in Scotland, reducing annual advertising spend from £16 million plus prior to 2006/7 to less than £4 million in 2009/10. From its launch in 2008, usage of the site has grown massively. Projected annual savings of 50% in press advertising have been scaled up to 80% and rising. At present an average of 1,500 jobs are posted each month, with approximately 2.5 million visits for each of the last two years.
“At Lumesse we love to deliver fantastic outcomes for our customers and inspiring careers to their people,” said Lumesse CEO Matthew Parker. “This site creates enormous economic and social value in Scotland and we’re very proud to deliver the technology and services that the COSLA team needs to run it.”
Lumesse provides talent acquisition technology to around 1,500 companies globally, with customers in 70 countries.