I must recount a funny episode from the other day. I’m telling it purely out of amusement, as I don’t think this woman has a prejudiced bone in her body.
She’s showing me a web application, so we’re sitting down in front of a computer. I’m driving. This screen comes up, she’s obviously familiar with it, and says, “just press OK”. Or cancel, or something.
I can see the button, but the trouble is, my eyes don’t see the mouse cursor too quickly, so I have to waggle it about a bit and catch the movement. So it takes a few seconds before I’m able to do as she says. And she points to the button on the screen, as though it’s that I can’t see. It’s easier on a PC that I can customise – on my laptop I have all the regular cursors, but large size and lime-green for added contrast.
Not really amusing, I suppose, but it is funny to observe the assumptions that people make.
Gosh, people talk about the staff shortage in the NHS, but I suppose unless you’re close to it, it doesn’t really register.
I must have mentioned, I am looking for a job at the moment, and, to cover all my bases, I’ve set up an email alert with the government’s jobs web site. I guess this web site is what the traditional Labour Exchanges and Job Centres morphed into.
Anyway, I do a search local to Salisbury, Wiltshire, and yesterday, 12 of the 21 newly-advertised jobs were up at Salisbury Hospital, just over 50%. Today, there are 26 new jobs, of which 12 again are at the hospital – this time almost half. It’s staggering that just one employer can be responsible for that many job vacancies. I know you can’t just make the leap and say that the NHS employs 50% of the workforce, but even so…..
I suppose just seeing how in-demand my wife (practise nurse) is, should give the game away.
These “new” jobs are not always “new”, by the way. Employers tend to recycle the same, unfilled job every few weeks, some even every few days to keep them at the top of people’s search results, so you often see “new” jobs which you’ve seen before. Common sense would tell you that if the job can’t be filled, then there’s something not quite right about it, but that doesn’t seem to alter anything.