Covid-19 has affected us all. From the way we live to how we work, the virus, in a matter of weeks, turned many societal norms on their heads.
Its impact on jobs has been dramatic. The virus effectively pulled up the handbrake on the UK economy and put it into reverse and while there have been potential early signs that the jobs market has bottomed out, forecasts predict a difficult road ahead.
At Indeed, our mission is to help people get jobs and that purpose is more important now than ever before. This purpose means we wanted to play our part in helping the country get back to work and to also help supply workers for urgent roles.
In this post, I’m going to share some of the steps we’ve taken at Indeed to support two front line industries: health and social care.
My hope is that together, we can learn from each other as we make the decisions needed to keep life and work moving as we negotiate this pandemic. More than ever, everyone’s contribution matters.
The spread of Covid-19 placed huge demand on our care services resulting in an urgent need for a large scale recruitment of workers in these brand new field hospitals. To do this, Indeed worked in partnership with NHS Professionals as it supported the government’s initiative to attract clinical (including retired healthcare professionals) and non-clinical workers.
As you might imagine, we needed to move quickly and was required to reach a large audience from various professional backgrounds including some of whom might not have been working in the NHS.
To make things easier — and to help with candidate experience — we set screening questions, which straight away made the process more efficient and using our suite of products, NHSP was able to deliver the results required to make Nightingale operational.
Our initial goal was to quickly provide 500 key workers for NHS Nightingale London – which was quickly ramped up into the thousands – and as others opened across the country, Indeed and NHSP were able to attract hundreds more candidates to additional Nightingales North West and Yorkshire and the Humber
In all, the combination of free access to our platform and increased visibility for healthcare jobs meant that in just seven weeks, Indeed provided thousands of clinical and non-clinical candidates applications for clinical non-clinical and the new temporary Nightingale hospitals.
Helping the NHS: Beyond Nightingale
To meet increased demand and to help the health service prepare for worst case scenarios, the NHS sought to mobilise existing qualifying candidates to join its ranks of Bank staff. We adopted a fast track application service that targeted student nurses, retiree-returners, former NHS workers working in the private sector and ex-military personnel all with the relevant clinical health experience.
Over three weeks, Indeed helped deliver thousands of applications across clinical and non-clinical staff groups like doctors, allied health professionals, pharmacists, nurses and health care support workers
Test and Trace
Following the above successes and as testing and tracing become a national priority, Indeed was briefed to source applications for test and trace clinical case workers for which it became the leading source of applications
Working again alongside NHSP, we profiled and geo-targeted regions where we would likely find the best candidates. This, of course, was when testing and tracing was key for the country to come out of lockdown. Within days, NHSP and Indeed delivered close to 5,000 applicants for this unique 12-hr day, seven-day week service carried out by home-based professionals.
Adult social care
The coronavirus is a huge challenge for the care sector, which as a result has been one of the few areas of the UK economy still hiring at scale. To help the nation cope amidst this rising demand, we partnered with the Department for Health and Social Care on its ‘Care for Others, Make a Difference’ recruitment campaign.
Our pro-bono work delivered more than 160,000 visits to the campaign microsite in 28 days and also included building a bespoke Company Page.
As our CEO Chris Hyams has said: “Indeed doesn’t build ventilators but it does help people get jobs.”
We are proud of our work and continue to be here to help.
– Bill Richards, UK Managing Director