Anyone who has dropped in on these pages over the past few years know how we at the Watercooler feel about sites that charge for access to jobs in our industry.
Having to pay for the right to apply for work is clearly something which should not be happening in any area of work, and particularly loathsome when it becomes an embedded feature in an industry which has significant issues in terms of access for less well represented groups. Having to pay to play is something that clearly discriminates against those who are less wealthy and as such we will always call out those companies who leech off our industry in that way.
So here we go again – and this one is a particularly scummy example in the pond where these leeches lurk. The site in question is Your Cinema, set up and run by an individual called Pierre Godson-Amamoo. On his pages he hosts a large number of job adverts, almost all of which are hidden by a paywall for his “Gold” and “Silver” members
There are of course laws which cover who can and cannot legitimately be charged a fee for work finding services, but even leaving that aside there are two features of that site which are particular loathsome .
The first is that a huge number of those jobs which Mr Amamoo wants you to pay for are actually completely unpaid. Yes – you are paying for the right to apply for unpaid work.
You don’t discover that until you’ve actually paid your fee of course but that’s the nasty surprise waiting for you around about the time that he is trousering your cash and wondering what tasty bauble he can spend it on.
The second nastiness about that site is that a number of these adverts aren’t actually exclusive in any way – they very often appear on free to use sites so you are paying simply for the right to apply through his site. AND – guess what – Mr Anamoo hasn’t always actually been given those job adverts by the employer themselves, he’s simply scalped them from the internet and reposted them behind his paywall! (as confirmed by one employer who discovered this).
Enough reasons then to justify the firm warning at the top of this page. Think bargepole and wide berths.