The Careers & Employability Service aims to work in partnership with employers to provide job opportunities to our students and graduates via OpportunityHub. This policy outlines the basis on which employers or organisations may advertise job vacancies onto the OpportunityHub website. The Careers & Employability Service asserts full editorial control over the vacancies submitted to OpportunityHub’s website and reserves the right to refuse to advertise a vacancy which does not conform with this policy and also without giving a specific reason (a list of some common reasons for rejection is provided below).
The Careers & Employability Service aims to establish that organisations registering with us are legitimate organisations offering genuine work opportunities for our students and graduates; if we are unable to gather sufficient evidence for this purpose vacancies will not be posted on the site.
It is the responsibility of the organisation submitting the vacancy to ensure that each advertisement placed is fully compliant with current employment legislation, including:
All vacancies must include the following information:
This service is offered at the discretion of the Careers & Employability Service and we reserve the right to:
The Careers & Employability Service will not advertise the following:
Common reasons for rejecting an advertisement:
Vacancies submitted via OpportunityHub will not automatically appear on the website. Organisation registrations and vacancy postings are proofread and approved by a member of staff. The Careers & Employability Service aims to process vacancies within two to three working days of receiving them.
The Careers & Employability Service takes student data protection and privacy issues very seriously. The Careers & Employability Service will respond to any reports that the privacy rights of users have been infringed and will refuse to advertise future vacancies. All organisations or employers submitting a vacancy must:
The Careers & Employability Service receives a high volume of vacancies every day, most of which are paid and offer at least the adult minimum wage. Whilst we appreciate organisations regularly look to offer "work experience" for our students, either a short term project or a few hours a week for example, the Careers & Employability Service has the responsibility to ensure that any unpaid opportunities we promote to our students are fair and valuable sources of work experience and not just "unpaid work". All unpaid opportunities are reviewed on a case by case basis. The Careers & Employability Service reserve the right to refuse the promotion of unpaid opportunities which are:
We can only advertise home based support for individuals in receipt of direct payments or a personal budget from the local council, for which organisations must provide evidence by way of a recent letter from a direct payments / personal budget team worker. For further details see https://www.gov.uk/apply-direct-payments. The roles advertised by direct payment holders may include personal assistants, carers, tutors, cleaners and gardeners. If organisations cannot provide evidence we will not be able to advertise the vacancy.
The Careers & Employability Services does not accept advertisements that contain a blanket ban on the recruitment of non-EEA students and graduates, unless the vacancy is exempt from discrimination provisions under the Equality Act. If the Careers & Employability Services receives a vacancy containing this type of ban, it will remove any statements containing the phrase "candidates must have permission to work in the UK" (or similar) before publishing, as vacancies and is misleading.
The Careers & Employability Services recommends that employers treat all candidates the same and assess their applications on merits and suitability for the job alone. In order to fulfill your obligations as an employer, organisations should provide information to all candidates called for interview regarding the documentation that is required to assess their eligibility to work in the UK. Organisations should also give potential employees the option of indicating whether they need assistance from the employer in applying for immigration permission to work in the UK.
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