Delivering a nationwide job vacancies service for the DfE

We helped the Department for Education (DfE) save millions with a service that enables schools to advertise teaching vacancies and teachers to find new roles.

The project

In England, £75 million was being spent every year by schools advertising their teaching vacancies. There were different processes across the country and jobs were advertised on a variety of websites. The Department for Education (DfE) wanted a new service that allowed schools to list jobs for free and teachers to access a nationwide list of all available roles.

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Our approach

Having developed a beta version of the service, DfE asked us to help iteratively improve the service and increase its uptake amongst schools and teachers. This meant we had to establish mixed teams of Made Tech engineers, Civil Service participants and other suppliers working to deliver an official government service that let schools post and people to apply for teaching jobs.

We delivered a fully accessible publishing tool that allowed job listings to match the open source Job Posting Standard and to be found via Google and Indeed. Users are able to search by region and by current location. Furthermore, we performed a seamless switch between a bespoke authorisation system and DfE Sign-In, the identity and access management tool.

“It’s the best ever service that I’ve found. But I wasn’t aware about this service before, It’s much better than the other well-known websites out there. And it’s got over 900 jobs, it’s a lot.”

From the DfE Digital and Transformation Blog

The results

We delivered a national vacancies service that is a single trusted source for teacher vacancies across the entire country, saving schools huge amounts on advertising and making it easier to recruit staff. 8,000 schools are now using the service with 1,000 jobs listed. In Cambridgeshire, 100% of schools are signed up.

  • Delivery of a national teacher vacancies service
  • Schools can post jobs for free
  • Teachers can see all jobs in one place
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“I want to make sure school leaders are signed up to this free site – allowing them to maximise the money they have to spend in our schools.”

Damian Hinds, Education Secretary, April 2019

The results

  • 8,000 schools are using the service
  • Jobs can be found on Google and Indeed
  • Service adopted ‘DfE sign-in’ tool

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