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About WaterJobs

We are a specialist job board that focuses on jobs and careers in the sector both in the United Kingdom and globally. Each month we promote hundreds of job postings across a variety of sectors including desalination jobs, flood jobs, hydrology jobs, rainwater harvesting jobs, river jobs, waste jobs, engineering jobs, management jobs and quality jobs.

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Each month thousands of highly qualified active and passive professionals use our job board as it has been designed to be user friendly and intuitive for the jobseeker to use and provides them with widest choice of suitable vacancies and the best possible functionality. Our job search functionality allows candidates to specify the exact type of role that they are interested in finding out more about as they can narrow their job search criteria by job title, job type, job sector, job category, salary, education level and location. When a candidate registers with WaterJobs they are given access to a free candidate management system. This allows the candidate to upload and edit their CV, set up job alerts by email that immediately notifies them of suitable job opportunities, add jobs to a wish list and track all the applications that they have made to suitable job postings. Furthermore the "Smartsearch" technology that we have developed ensures that job seekers find the exact type of vacancy that they want as well as receiving automatic recommendations on other suitable positions and being able to email suitable job opportunities to friends and colleagues.

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Market leading organisations use our job board as an integral part of their candidate attraction strategy as we make the recruitment process quick, easy and cost effective for them. Furthermore our tailored recruitment solutions such as featured jobs, featured employers and newsletter sponsorship allow organisations to highlight their employer brand proposition and win the war for talent. The recruiter management system has been designed to be extremely user friendly and gives our clients full control of their recruitment campaign as well as being fully integrated with job posting distribution services such as Broadbean, Idibu and Logic Melon. Clients can easily manage their recruitment process with functionality such as being able to post, edit and delete their job postings. Furthermore applications to their advertised job postings are sent straight to their inbox meaning that active job seekers can be contacted immediately. Our recruiter management system allows our clients to pre-qualify candidates by asking them to complete a number of important questions when they apply to their jobs. This information allows them to make a quick judgement call on whom the most suitable candidates are to take to the next stage of the recruitment process.

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About The Sector

This element is vital for the survival of the human race and also as a key component of a productive and growing economy as it directly and indirectly affects the production of goods and services in many sectors. Indeed in 1999 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) identified global shortages as one of the two most worrying problems for the new millennium: the other was global warming. There are several reasons why shortages are occurring globally and these include rising populations and the desire for better living standards, pollution making more that is available unfit for use, inefficiency of current irrigation methods, over utilisation of groundwater in certain areas and the effects of climate change such as flooding and drought.

Within the United Kingdom there are also concerns by experts that population growth and climate change could prove extremely problematic for the supply. The Office for National Statistics predicts the population of the UK will rise by 10 million in the next 18 years - reaching 71.4 million by 2030, and 78.4 million by 2050. While climate change projections for the UK also suggest that by the 2050s summer temperatures will increase and summer rainfall will decrease. According to the Environment Agency in a worst case scenario the total demand in England and Wales could increase by 35% by the 2050s. In an effort to address future concerns over supply the government has launched a strategy for England called "Future Water" that sets out a framework for management. This includes conservation, affordable and cost reflective charges, the use of meters, reduced sector-generated greenhouse gas emissions, quality and the need throughout society to reduce pollution and more sustainable and effective management of flood and surface water. In order to accomplish these various goals there are a lot of options available with differing degrees of controversy associated with them and different costs and benefits. These include building more reservoirs, investing in desalination plants, the introduction of compulsory meters, a rise in price to reflect its true cost, making companies fix leaking pipes, building a cross country pipeline and stabilising or moving parts of the population. The United Kingdom may also be adversely affected by concerns over a global crisis in coming decades that could cause UK food prices to increase substantially and damage the economy. The need to find long term solutions to these various global and local supply problems will mean that the industry has a pivotal role to play in this process.

The industry provides drinking water and wastewater services to residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of the economy and it achieves this by operating sophisticated and costly networks and sewage treatment plants. The United Kingdom industry is made up of regulated companies, non-regulated utility companies (e.g. involved in engineering, consultancy, laboratory services etc) and the supply chain (e.g. contractors, manufacturers etc). These various organisations are responsible for the supply of clean water to customers and the collection and treatment of waste.

The United Kingdom government has estimated that there are currently 166,500 people employed directly employed in the industry and 6,500 people who are self employed. It is estimated that around 3,000 new workers (31% of these being graduates) per year will be required by the industry between 2008 and 2017.The occupations where demand for new recruits will be largest include chartered engineers, mechanical/electrical/leakage technicians, design engineers and network construction operatives. Although the industry will continue to out source major areas of its activities to achieve cost savings for customers the need for investment in infrastructure will be a major driver of labour demand over the next decade and beyond. The industry employs relatively few 16-24 year olds and a higher proportion of 35-54 year olds and there is evidence to suggest that individuals will be needed to be recruited to some of the higher level technical and engineering roles as a high number of workers are due to retire in the next 10 to 15 years. Though there is some concern that replacements for these senior roles may be difficult to find in sufficient numbers. According to the United Kingdom government average basic salaries (excluding overtime and bonuses) for a selection of occupations include £38,000 for civil engineers and £35,000 for mechanical engineers.

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