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‘Vague’ job adverts could cause employers to miss out on candidates

Vague job ads risk wasting employers’ time and money as a lack of information could increase the number of unsuitable candidates applying

9 out of 10 job adverts failed to meet Advertising Standards Agency requirements due to them being “vague” about hours, pay and other important issues according to Citizens Advice.

This vagueness could waster people’s time due to the adverts being unclear, as well as having basic information about wages and hours was missing, making people unable to assess if a job would allow them to pay their bills or fit around any commitments such as childcare.

These type of job ads also risked wasting employers’ time and money as a lack of information could increase the number of unsuitable candidates applying, as well as putting off stronger candidates from applying the charity said.

The charity analysed more than 820 online jobs found that two out of five were unclear as to whether a position was part- or full-time, temporary or permanent. One in five did not give pay details and one in 10 did not specify whether the job ad was from an employer or agency, so applicants were unaware of whom they were sending their details to.

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Citizens Advice also said that self-employed roles were not always advertised as such, and in 12 per cent of cases job adverts suggested the role was self-employed, without explicitly saying so.

All of this information, together with a clear and accurate description of the work involved should be included, the ASA said.

Gillian Guy, the chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “People seeking employment face a real challenge if job adverts don’t even tell them if they’ll earn enough to keep a roof over their head.

“Applying for jobs where hours and pay are unclear risks consuming valuable hours of job hunting time.”

Requiring recruiters to include a minimum amount of information would help people decide whether to apply for a role, and that employers would also benefit from a better pool of applicants, Guy added.

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9 out of 10 job adverts failed to meet Advertising Standards Agency requirements due to them being “vague” about hours, pay and other important issues according to Citizens Advice. This vagueness could waster people’s time due to the adverts being unclear, as well as having basic information about wages and hours was missing, making people unable to assess if a job would allow them to pay their bills or fit around any commitments such as childcare. These type of job ads also risked wasting employers’ time and money as a lack of information could increase the number of unsuitable candidates…

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