Achieves Global Website Quality Award

Published: Thu Aug 11 2005 is today the first company operating across the UK to be awarded the global W-Mark certification for its award-winning network of niche online recruitment sites. The W-Mark global website certification programme, developed by EIQA and accredited by the e-Commerce Standards Board, evaluates and audits published websites to internationally recognised standards. sites, which include and, were subjected to over 100 tests covering six criteria: accessibility; privacy and data protection; consistency and appearance; security; navigation; and customer services. Achieving the W-Mark is an independent verification of's commitment to best practice, which is underpinned by the company's membership of the Online Recruitment Marketing Council (ORMC), ABCe site audits, and two NORA awards.

Mark Hepworth, Managing Director of, comments, "We see a commitment to best practice as a continuous process of innovation and improvement to ensure we always meet and surpass our clients' expectations. We are delighted to be the first UK-wide company to achieve the W-Mark as it highlights the strength of our present offering and provides us with tools to make certain we are compliant with the latest legislation and responsive to the changing demands of our users."

Craig Bines, Sales and Marketing Manager, comments, "Establishing and maintaining trust is vital to the successful operation of a growing online business like W-Mark provides our users with added assurance that their personal information is in safe hands, whilst improved accessibility means more jobseekers can benefit from our services. Conforming to rigorous internationally recognised standards also helps us to maintain consistency throughout our portfolio of sites, which is especially important as plans to launch JobsGroup Australia gather momentum."

Paul O’Grady, Managing Director of EIQA, says, "We are delighted that is taking the lead with this exciting global product initiative. Having an independently audited website standard – the W-Mark – shows the commitment has to its website customers."

The Website Design and Content Management Standard, or 'W-Mark', was launched in July 2004 to increase customer trust in electronic commerce by establishing global standards of best practice to which accredited companies must comply. W-Mark was launched in Ireland and has been rolled out to date in the US, Australia, and now the UK. The first company worldwide to achieve the award was Hewlett Packard Galway. is the first company with UK-wide operations to be accredited. operates niche sites for the engineering, rail, construction, utilities, aviation, defence, sales and marketing, finance, executive and graduate sectors. The company was recently recognised by Online Recruitment Magazine as the number one site for placements. Job seekers can register free and within minutes gain access to the UK’s most active recruiters. Career tools and advice are available on all the sites, including free CV reviews and discussion forums, to help job seekers maximise their chances of success.

For information on why over 2,000 recruiters use as their number one choice for recruitment advertising solutions please call 0845 050 2000.

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Established in 2000, operates a network of award-winning niche sites targeted at sector specific jobseekers. Attracting 388,816 unique users a month and with over 90,000 CVs available across ten specialist sites, offers a high quality targeted approach to online recruitment. helps to fill over 24,000 vacancies a year. is the Online Recruitment Magazine 2005 Number One Online Recruitment Site for Placements is winner of the National Online Recruitment Award (NORA) for Best Specialist Job Site 2003 and 2004 leading niche sites include: – Engineering jobs – Rail jobs – Utilities jobs – Construction jobs – Defence jobs – Aviation jobs – Sales and Marketing jobs – Graduate jobs – Executive jobs – Financial jobs - Specialist recruitment industry internet services is a member of the Online Recruitment Marketing Council (ORMC).

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