Moreton Bay Jobs is the employment website that links businesses in the region looking for staff with local job seekers, and it will be key to our COVID-19 recovery.
It’s the brainchild of Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay, launched in January 2019, and director Nette Griggs says more people are using it now than ever before.
The number of people visiting the Moreton Bay Jobs website has increased by 297% - jumping from 4,760 in April 2019 to 18,882 in April 2020. Page views have similarly increased by 269%. Of the jobs posted on Facebook, there has been a unique user engagement increase of 210% this April.
“It’s not even 18 months old and these numbers are already impressive. You can see the trajectory has been increasing consistently,” Nette says.
“Much of the increase is new people looking at it. They’re unemployed people but also people looking for opportunities in the region.”
It’s a free service for job seekers and employers. Businesses can upload positions vacant and job seekers can apply via the website.
There are instructional videos, for both parties, to make the whole process quick and easy.
The Moreton Bay Jobs team also searches for and manually uploads jobs they see advertised for positions in the region. This has been a way to increase the “critical mass” of jobs available to stimulate organic growth of positions available and job seekers searching.
In the early stages, there were 60-70 jobs at any one time. This has grown to more than 150 and employers are now using the platform themselves in greater numbers.
Nette says her team watches what is posted very carefully and always contacts an employer if an ad is removed quickly. She recalls an instance when an advertisement was taken down in just 24 hours after generating 92 applications.
Moreton Bay Jobs offer a full range of positions – everything from unskilled and entry-level jobs to professional positions.
“You know you’re reaching an audience, from a geographical perspective, who are going to be more interested,” Nette says.
“Otherwise, you can have people from all over the place applying and long term you know the journey (to and from work) is not going to work for them.”
Dayboro Bakery spent 11 months looking for an apprentice, with people from across the state applying. When the position was advertised on Moreton Bay Jobs, they had six solid applications to choose from in less than three weeks and were able to appoint someone from that shortlist.
“Working close to home has a lot of benefits – quality of life and financial sustainability – and for the jobseeker that’s really important,” Nette says.
She likes the notion of self-containment when it comes to employment in the region and seeing that money making its way around the region’s economy.
“We’re all looking for quality of life and that balance between private life and work life. Anything that allows us to achieve that and have quality time with your family is a good thing,” she says.
“It’s about location, location, location. I think Moreton Bay Jobs gives people that opportunity.”
“I think it’s absolutely critical. There has been quite a lot of people displaced but there’s also been a lot of opportunity. We’ve seen people advertise for quite large numbers of staff,” Nette explains.
And it ties in perfectly with the notion we’re all in this together.
“It’s the manifestation of that,” she says.
Big companies are looking for people and have been advertising right across the state. As a result, Moreton Bay Jobs has relaxed its search boundaries, so these positions can be included. It now includes jobs just to the south of the region and just to the north.
“We want to help people get jobs and want to assist employers to find quality people in our region. We also want to see people find a career and a career path,” Nette says.