Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/895/22478

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 March 2016

Featured letter: 'Universal Jobmatch' con: 'Rabbit trail' of recurring, non-existent job ads

One of Iain Duncan Smith's statistics

'Universal Jobmatch' is a website jobseekers are encouraged to use to find work.

Unemployment benefit claimants can face an obligation to spend 35 hours a week job searching. We are compelled to use the site, granting access to our Jobcentre Plus adviser, who can monitor our efforts. We all know the consequences of failing to meet Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) expectations - reasonable or otherwise.

The site was designed by Monster, a private online recruitment agency. Monster won out after a controversial tender process that saw the government pay almost a million pounds in compensation to other bidders.

The site has been and still is riddled with problems. I believe some of these problems, pernicious in nature, are there to trip up claimants.

At best, it makes ad revenue but doesn't provide anything new, just re-posting vacancies from other sources. Jobseekers end up going down a rabbit trail, trying to find who they are actually applying to. Whether the advertised job exists is another matter entirely.

Nothing back

Attempts to contact the site owner have no guarantee at all of a response. I have yet to hear back from any advertiser, even when requesting basic information about the job in question. Details are rarely provided in the advert.

However, the larger problem is that a search can yield an almost infinite list of results the claimant must wade through. If the claimant is on the DWP 'work programme' - working for their dole - it is likely the workfare employer will be overseeing this effort. This will lead to a tired job searcher rewarded with frustration.

The list will also repeat adverts, sometimes under a different heading. This is usually the case with telesales jobs which seem ubiquitous; adverts with no real content, appealing to the applicant's "drive" and "passion".

This problem is amplified by the dysfunctional nature of the site itself. Clicking to look at the next page will completely reshuffle results. This makes it impossible to maintain an effective search.

Finally the site 'encourages' claimants to explain, by means of a drop-down form, why they are 'refusing' to apply for a particular vacancy. Anyone with any experience of the DWP will tell you that this is the fast track to a sanction.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 30 March 2016:


Socialist Party news and analysis

We demand a real living wage

Teachers and school students march against forced academies

Academy chain axed in head's pay scandal

Disabled activists shame tory cutters

1% worried

What we saw

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Belgium: Far right attack vigil for Brussels victims

Kazakhstan: Treatment of political prisoners condemned

International news in brief


European Union referendum

Why socialists should vote to leave the EU

Vote against the EU - but no unity with Tories or UKIP


Socialist Party workplace news

Solidarity with junior doctors

NUT to ballot for action over academies

Museum workers strike to defend pay

Greenwich labour councillors given the red card

Lambeth: Librarians walk out over cuts and privatisation

Tube workers' strike shuts Piccadilly Line

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

'No forced academies' demonstrations

Swansea: Fascist thugs made to look pathetic

All you need is love - and a stall!


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Featured letter: 'Universal Jobmatch' con: 'Rabbit trail' of recurring, non-existent job ads

Enter Shikari review: A kaleidoscope of colour

Letter: Inadequate academies


Socialist Party feature

Fighting the great tax robbery: taxes and regulation or socialist nationalisation?


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 March 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

DWP:

trianglePCS: No to DWP management's plans - Yes to action

trianglePCS members in DWP reject unsafe extension of hours

triangleVote Yes in DWP ballot! Reject longer opening hours

trianglePCS union: Reject longer DWP opening hours

triangleJobcentre reopening: only union struggle will put safety first

Claimants:

triangleBenefits system being used to force return to unsafe workplaces

triangleFight for safety, staffing and services - Covid chaos for benefits claimants

trianglePCS union demands better deal for benefits claimants

triangleNew BBC series - Insight or whitewash?

Workfare:

triangleStop hammering low-paid - 10 an hour now!

triangleBlock Osborne's Billionaire Budget

triangleWorkers' pay down 2,500... Bosses' pay up 700,000

Unemployment:

triangleTory scheme won't halt mass unemployment: mobilise the unions!

triangleUnder the microscope

Iain Duncan Smith:

triangleEnd Tory cold cruelty: life under austerity in Merthyr

Government:

triangleNHS workers need 15% rise and full funding

Jobcentre:

triangleCivil servants in Paisley protest after Covid outbreak

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

30/9/20

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

30/9/20

Socialist Party

Why I joined the Socialist Party: Labour moved right and left me behind

23/9/20

Pay

A day in the life of a salon worker

23/9/20

Socialist Party

Why we joined the Socialist Party

23/9/20

Football

TV: The English Game - how the working class made football the people's game

23/9/20

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

16/9/20

Labour Party

Non-fiction: Left Out - the inside story of Labour under Corbyn

9/9/20

Black Lives Matter

Video game developer attacks Black Lives Matter

2/9/20

Iraq

TV: Once Upon a Time in Iraq

2/9/20

Housing

Manctopia: billion pound property boom

19/8/20

George Orwell

75 years since the publication of Animal Farm: From 'two legs bad' to 'two legs better'

22/7/20

Cuba

Exciting Cuban spy thriller exposes US-sponsored terrorism

22/7/20

Letters

The Socialist inbox

22/7/20

Socialist Party

I joined the Socialist Party to fight back

15/7/20

Housing

TV: Ross Kemp - Living with Forced Out Families

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999