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Report Blasts Online Recruitment Services in U.K.

[London, ENGLAND] A new report published Wednesday by technical recruitment agency Wynnwith Engineering confirms what many U.K. job seekers have long suspected -- that online recruitment is riddled with inefficiency, misleading information and outright fraud.

The report -- entitled "Is the Net Working for Job Seekers?" -- was produced independently for Wynnwith by specialist Internet research company The-eReport.com, working with genuine job hunter 53-year-old David Hall, an unemployed project manager from Surrey.

In a hard-hitting summary, the report finds that recruitment sites repeatedly advertise the same jobs, quote inflated salaries to make them more appealing, make unsubstantiated claims about security of personal information, and fail to provide trained staff to give job seekers help when they need it.

"Overall the findings do not make pleasant reading -- particularly for the many thousands of job seekers pinning their hopes and faith on this new medium to find work," notes the report.

Mr. Hall, who to this day remains unemployed, logged onto 12 online recruitement sites back in March this year, including top sites monster.co.uk, netjobs.co.uk, and stepstone.co.uk. Only five percent of the jobs recommended to him matched his experience and qualifications, and he was offered just one interview for a completely unsuitable job.

Hall said he was bitterly disappointed with his experience of job seeking on the Internet, having spent nearly all his time for several months using online recruitment companies.

"Most of the time I am bombarded with unsuitable job opportunities via e-mail, even though most of the Web sites require you to complete an exhaustive registration process, supposedly to help them select the most suitable jobs for you to view," said Hall.

Hall said the sites appeared to offer little more than "pretty colored graphics and empty promises about job opportunities."

The report, which is bound to receive plenty of attention by the media despite its limited scope, may serve as a wake-up call to the online recruitment industry in the U.K.

Wynnwith, the publisher of the report, has just launched its own Web site and says it views the Internet as an opportunity for the industry to deliver better services and "the utmost professionalism" to job seekers. To date, however, most sites have failed to deliver because, claims Wynnwith, they lack "bricks and mortar foundations," qualified staff, and a proper code of conduct.

Noirin Guinan, marketing director of Wynnwith, warned that job seekers could lose confidence in a medium that has the potential to "revolutionize the way we work and the way we find work."

An extensive summary of the report's findings is available online at the Wynnwith site.