Best job sites in the UK – Free and Premium job boards

If you’re looking to hire people in the UK, there’s a plethora of job boards to choose from. You could opt for sites where you can post jobs for free or select premium job posting sites to better target your job ad. To help you find the right mix of job boards to allocate your budget, here are some of the best job sites in the UK:

Top 10 job sites in the UK for employers

Adzuna

UK-founded global site Adzuna is one of the top job posting sites in the UK. It has millions of visitors per month and, even better, it’s free to try. In early 2018, Adzuna also took over the operation of the Find a Job site. A replacement for Universal Jobmatch, this is a government job board, available in English and Welsh.

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CV-library

True to its name, CV-library has a rich database of more than 12 million CVs. You can advertise your jobs on this job board by purchasing a single job ad or a bundle. Job postings on CV-library will be shared with hundreds of other sites, including Glassdoor and Adzuna, so as to maximize exposure and attract more candidates.

Escape the city

Escape the city is more than a job board – it’s a community for people who want to find jobs that ‘matter to them’. Among its 300 thousand members, most have degrees, professional certifications and lots of experience (and they all want jobs that are different and exciting). Post any kind of job, from fellowships to co-founder positions, in every field.

Honest.work

Honest.work is a new London-based job board for tech and startup companies. This job board aims to increase transparency for job seekers by hosting only job ads that include salaries and interview steps. This helps companies too: transparent job ads tend to attract a larger number of qualified applicants helping you hire faster and better.

Indeed UK

As in many other countries, Indeed is popular with employers and job seekers in the UK. This mega-aggregator can display your job ads for free if they meet its posting standards. To get extra visibility for your job ad, consider Indeed’s pay-per-click options.

Monster UK

As the local branch of a popular global job board, Monster UK attracts millions of job seekers every month. It has three types of job ads to choose from which can be purchased in a bundle. Monster will distribute your job ad on social media (Facebook, Instagram etc.) and other targeted websites as banner ads to increase its visibility.

Reed.co.uk

According to its website, reed.co.uk is visited by seven million people per month and more than 45 thousand candidates register in its database every week. Choose among three job advertising options that include features like sending your job ad to selected candidates via email and promoting your job ad on the site’s search results.

Totaljobs (and Jobsite)

Totaljobs recently partnered with Jobsite to help employers reach even more qualified applicants. The two job boards together boast 20 million visits every month and have a combined CV database of 15.5 million. Post your job on Totaljobs and your job ad will appear on both sites automatically. Totaljobs also offers advanced services like the branded job ad or social media campaigns.

Unicorn Hunt

Unicorn Hunt is another London-centric job board focused on startup jobs. The job board can promote your job ads on social media and both their main and job-specific newsletter. For early-stage startups that have a limited recruitment budget and want to post a job in London, Unicorn Hunt provides a “choose your own discount” feature to reduce the price of your job ads.

WorkInStartups

WorkInStartups is a job board for tech startups across the UK. If you are a startup, you can post jobs for free, while external recruiters and hiring agencies pay a fee. To help you reach a larger audience of qualified candidates, WorkInStartups provides paid features like social media promotion for your job ad and banner advertising.

No matter where you post your jobs though, you should always put some thought into your job ad. Make sure your job postings are clear, informative and attractive so you can encourage qualified candidates to apply.

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Nikoletta Bika

Nikoletta Bika is a senior writer at Workable and holds an MSc in HR. She writes about all things HR and recruiting, with a particular interest in bias, data, technology and the future of work. She hates meaningless jargon and dreams about space travel. She tweets @Nikoletta_Bika.

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