UK Contract Search, a simple to use on-line contract finding service, went live earlier this month with the express aim of reducing the time taken to find work over the internet.
Launched by an IT contractor who found it impossible to efficiently search the relevant job sites himself, the service ( www.contract-search.com) currently visits around 25 agency websites and job boards in an effort to find suitable vacancy listings.
According to its creator, Simon Judge, a freelancer with C++, Oracle, and object oriented and web design skills, the engine uses keywords only to search for possible contracts, and does not consider or attempt to match candidate CVs and client or agency requirements.
Rather, Judge says the system produces a list of website links which, when accessed, will take users directly to the relevant agency page for further details on the selected (UK based) contracts. Because the search process is carried out in real-time, it can take up to several minutes to sort results, he says, thus job seekers are notified of the findings via e-mail.
Use of UK Contract Search is free for contractors. The system currently scans the vacancy databases of, among others, Certes, Apex, Lorien, DPP Technology Resourcing, Computer Futures and Huxley.