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Jobs.NSW takes the smart phone plunge

by David Shi •
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The NSW Government is currently seeking a suitable candidate to develop a mobile solution for its jobs.nsw online recruitment website.

As the final outcome of the NSW Government’s ‘e-Recruitment solution, the jobs.nsw website is currently the State Government’s central location for job vacancy postings, covering positions across the entire NSW public service sector.

Since going live on 30 October 2009, the website has become popular among job seekers, receiving 219,551 visitors and 13,729 job applications in September 2010 alone. With over 300,000 casual, part-time and full-time workers across all public sector agencies, the NSW Government is Australia’s largest employer.

With more and more potential employees adopting smart phone technology, the NSW Government is seeking to expand its e-Recruitment solution onto mobile platforms through the development of a jobs.nsw smart phone application.

The selected service provider will be expected to develop a mobile solution that incorporates a suitable interface, allows accessibility across all smart phone devices, real time integration with the jobs.nsw website and both compliance and compatibility with existing software systems.

Other private recruitment sites, such as My Career and Career One,have already established their own respective smart phone friendly applications. Both are available for free via the iTunes store.

This is procurement pattern that will almost certainly increase into the future, as governments, like the private sector, are forced to keep up with demand for smartphone accessible content and services.

Telecommunications company Ericsson projects that global mobile data traffic will grow by 100 percent annually between the years 2011 to 2015, boosted by smart phone use.

As part of the Federal Government’s Gov 2.0 agenda, various State and Territory Governments have been seeking to expand their virtual presence via smart phone technology, with the creation of applications designed to benefit tech-savvy members of the general public.

The Victorian Government, for example, has been proactive with the development of applications for both the iOS and Android compatible devices. Victorian motorists currently benefit from several free apps provided by VicRoads.  

The SmartPark app, for example, reminds city drivers about clearway times and notifies them when their parking meters are due to expire. Another app, LiveDrive,provides users with real time traffic data.

In the past, both the NSW and Victorian Governments have actively encouraged developers to create useful, innovative and convenient applications for use by the general public. Both state governments have hosted their own smart phone app development competitions, each offering a $100,000 cash and prize pool as an incentive for competing developers.

The winner of the Victorian app development competition, Which Bin?,assists users by indicating which household items are able to be recycled through the use of a product barcode scanner. The app is also freely available through the iTunes store.

Potential candidates for the NSW Government’s proposed mobile solution are advised to submit a Request for Quotationform by 9:30am Tuesday 31 May 2011 via the NSW Tenders website. The project is expected to be completed by 30 September 2011.


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