[by Derek Pilcher - Managing Director -TheLadders]
As an organisation we've been involved in the early stage talks with the BSI around the introduction of a kite mark for the UK Job Board industry. It appears that they have reached out to the Govt Dept (BIS) for funding to support this process. Notable UK online recruitment luminaries are involved on the BSI Steering Committee, none other than Chairman David Hurst of onrec.com.
Nevertheless with all the good intent of this process, I'm a little confused as to the benefits. UK regulations around the jobseeker remain totally in the dark - governed by legislation dating back to 1973. Job Boards are still governed by the Employment Act of 1973 which classifies job boards as Employment Agencies under the guise of providing 'work finding' services and outlining that access to job vacancies has to be provided free. A mute point in today's world of choice to today's consumers.
What value does a BSI kite mark against today's outdated regulations really hold for UK jobseekers and recruiters?
As the world of online job seeking and in particular social networking grows by the day, how will the Govt legislate in this area in the future. Under the surface, all the key protagonists across UK online recruitment, understand that there needs to be, and will be, a full top to bottom review of UK online recruitment regulations, over and above the recent guidance that came as an off-shoot of the Agency Workers Directive - anticipated sometime in the next 18 months.
The key stumbling block appears to be how can BIS 'future proof' any revised regulatory guidance with the pace of technology development impacting and accelerating the efficiency of job seeking and recruitment in the UK. In addition will a Tory Govt be more pro-business whilst a Labour Govt remains staunchly socialist in its protection of the vulnerable UK worker?
How do Twitter, Linked-In and Facebook now feature into the mix against current UK specific regulations. They are all being utilised by recruiters looking to access targeted and relevant candidates segments? Are they to be governed as job boards? What does the future hold for The Ladders.co.uk, Workthing+, Experteer and now Linked-In with their newly launched Premium model.
From what I can understand from speaking to colleagues across the UK Job Board industry, there appears to be a distinct lack of enthusiasm as to the benefits of a BSI Kite mark in today's world of mis-aligned regulations towards the UK Online recruitment industry…...and that’s being generous!