Potential jobs challenge participants: ideas for free!
Ideas for free!
Taking a look at the available datasets for the Open Data Institute / Nesta Jobs Open Data Challenge can be a little overwhelming. It is asking teams to use open data to help people get better jobs and potentially create new jobs so I have taken a look at the available data to identify potential opportunities for teams to submit applications. The highest quality datasets cover a considerable amount of information and statistics - on corporations, annual surveys of hours and earnings, working futures, labour market statistics, job density, maternity allowance and the list goes on. So how should competitors avoid getting lost down the rabbit hole of complex datasets to focus on real and pressing needs in this sector?
As always, the best open data solutions are found only by first identifying a pressing need. The team at Uscreates has identified a number of issues and concerns which open data has the potential to solve or illuminate in the job sector in 2015. Make sure you also read through Briony Phillips introduction to the challenge which outlines the top quality datasets for this challenge.
Perhaps start by looking at the datasets with the highest quality rating, and then browse through the ‘ideas for adoption’ hackpad and see what ideas you might come up with. See also the data guide and the datasets in full.
To help you in your quest to come up with a great product or service, let’s closer look at some examples - I've highlighted the user insights that you could respond to, an idea that you are welcome to adopt and some sample relevant datasets in each case:
Insight 1: “More than one third of workers plan to change their job in 2015. Over 60% of those thinking of moving are looking for an opportunity to progress in their career.” (Uscreates Research)
Idea for adoption: Tool to facilitate insight into current and future labour market in specific geographic/thematic areas and also supporting individuals to understand skills and attributes needed for a particular role. Suggested relevant datasets:
- 29 - The Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) for All API.
- 34 - Earnings in the UK over the past 25 years
Insight 2: “Skills gap exists between what businesses need and the skills that people have in a local area.” (Uscreates Research)
Idea for adoption: Start-up Builder - a tool to help map available resources and describe markets for budding start-up companies including: Map of local businesses and skill gaps. Suggested relevant datasets:
- 29 - The LMI for All API
- 28 - Nomis
- 31 - Open Corporates
- 30 - Free Company Data: Companies House
Insight 3: “41% of people from a workforce survey reported finding their most recent position through networking or someone they knew” (Uscreates Research)
Idea for adoption: Job Swapper/Job Tinder - Allowing users to identify their skills as well as interests to allow people to identify short job swaps or secondments. This allows people to try other career options, identify new sectors etc. (Existing competition: http://blonk.co/). Suggested relevant datasets:
- 37 - Linkedin API: Please note that this is a private sector, unopen dataset. In order to meet the criteria of the challenge this has to be combined with at least one government open dataset.
- 29 - The LMI for All API
- 03 - Proportion of employee jobs in selected industrial sectors
- 28 - Nomis
Insight 4: "Employees want to find a job that is “located somewhere that person wants to live or easily commute” (Uscreates Research)
Idea for adoption: A job search website that could list vacancies in order of distance from my house would be brilliant. It would make it easier for parents, carers, disabled people to enter the workplace. It would reduce CO2 and strain on public transport. It would improve the work/life balance of the population. It would mean better cover, more flexibility and less absence for employers. It would connect employers better with local communities. Suggested relevant datasets:
- 2 - Sub-regional public and private sector employee job estimates
- 37 - Linkedin API. Please note that this is a private sector, unopen dataset. In order to meet the criteria of the challenge this has to be combined with at least one government open dataset.
- 29 - The LMI for All API
- 14 - Regional Labour Market Statistics
- Open Street Map (http://www.openstreetmap.org)
Insight 5: "Research found that “Local Enterprise Partnerships and similar can take a more strategic approach to things that need to change, like new roads being built to service a business park, which can have a direct impact on the labour market through creation of jobs in new companies based there, etc.” (Uscreates Research)
Idea for adoption: LEP (Local Enterprise Partnerships) Directors' Best Friend - Tool to help Local Enterprise Partnerships identify opportunities in local economy, start-ups, jobs. A dashboard to enable LEPs to make data informed decisions relating to labour market intelligence.
Suggested relevant datasets:
- 29 – LIM
- 30 – Free Company Data
- 36 – Work Programme Statistics
- 14 – Regional Labour Market Statistics
Uscreates outlined six other challenges that had been highlighted in their research, such as:
- More than one third of workers plan to change their job in 2015. Over 60% of those thinking of moving are looking for an opportunity to progress in their career.
- Only 36% of those who move from Job Seekers Allowance to employment are still in that job 8 months later.
If you are still searching around for some inspiration, there are plenty more ideas for adoption on the hackpad - along with information about existing competitors in the market including the winners of Career Hack, a specific challenge which took place in March 2014 using the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Labour Market Intelligence datasets. Please note that we are looking for new and original ideas, but these existing products may spark an idea to create an entirely new app or service that’s suitable to take to market.
Finally, don’t forget to keep the critical judging criteria in mind as your idea develops - you’ll need to demonstrate how your product or service meets these criteria even in your initial written submission on collabfinder. You can submit your project on Collabfinder until midday, 30 March 2015, to take part in the Jobs Open Data Challenge.
Any other questions? Job Challenge Champion Phillippa Rose is on hand to help you out.
Photo Credit: www.flazingo.com via Flickr CC
The contents of this blog has now been transferred to our new website at www.opendatachallenges.org and this page will no longer be updated. Please head to the new website to access all our latest content.