This is Ipswich Unemployed Action’s guide to Universal Jobmatch.
Universal Jobmatch Guide for Jobseekers Part 2
Continued from Part 1 …
- Jobs – The truth: there isn’t any
- CV Data Storage
- Anti-Competitiveness Monopoly – give Monster the market
- Government Gateway – new ID card scheme anyone?
- Universal Credit - Nice If you can get it
- Delegated Word of Mouth
- No10 Corruption
- Employment Programmes
- Workfare – why there is no jobs
No real jobs
Universal Jobmatch is full of “Test Data”, agency mass-postings (the rest of the world calls it spam) and old job data being reposted as new vacancies under “Company Confidential”.
I used the new “reporting information” tool… for the date range of since the site started, I got the exact figure of 4,200 job vacancies that requesting 100 people (i.e. 420,000 positions). This ends up this section quite nicely. Absolute bullshit. (The concept is if you need 3 cleaners doing different shifts… you post one vacancy for 3 different positions.) Who recruits 50 people let alone 100 people in one location at a time? A new employer you might say? Large employer opening up a new store or office? Who needs 100 administrators, labourers, cleaners, sales assistants? You might need 100 people but they are going to be different job roles… or maybe the economy is making a recovery… talking of the largest 50 urban centres in the UK (i.e. large cities and big towns) that makes an average of 84 employers recruiting 100 new staff in each one… I can tell you this for nothing, being in Ipswich (the 49th largest place in the UK) there were no 8400 jobs in the 3rd week of November… simple maths… that would solve unemployment here a few times over, without considering other employers advertising for work.
10. CV Data Storage
London? Glasgow? Ireland? No… USA!
A reliable source confirms that your uploaded CV will be hosted in Utah… in the USA – outside the European Union and European Economic Area.
Ironically enough it also appears that its mandatory to provide personal demographics about yourself… all this information can be obtained by the US Government (who, somewhat maybe a coincidence is building a $2 billion super-cyber-hosting centre in Utah, storing approx 20 times the current global storage capacity on US residents data) which brings similar concerns as the most recent Census – but the main difference being not only is it an American firm but the data is to be stored on US soil also.
11. Labour Market Monopoly
Government U-turns “open data”: sues small job sites
The Cabinet Office has instructed TSol to bring criminal prosecution and civil proceedings against potentially hundreds of individuals running or being connected with small job search websites using directgov job data, as it does a major U-turn on “open data” to protect its multi-million investment contract with Monster Worldwide.
Not only have they banned “scrapping” on the new (use the term loosely, most of it is recycled from the old site) Universal Jobmatch website, little known as not reported in the press… a few months prior to launching the “polished turd” (sorry, …Universal Jobmatch) the Cabinet Office, got TSol (Treasury Solicitor department) to threaten legal action under copyright legislation. Despite the obvious realisation that they will soon no longer being able to access the job data… (so the sites are either going to 1) close down, or 2) get jobs from other sources) … they decided the bullying was enough to discourage competition in the job board arena (even without their job data).
It also appears they are restricting use of such data on the European job portal (EURES).
What have they got to hide? Why would a Government that is desperately trying to reduce the unemployment count to lower the welfare budget… hinder others attempting to achieve the same aim? It seems they have another spare £20 million of taxpayers money lying about to finance long civil/criminal trials and prison spaces. It is almost like they want to keep the job data exclusive. It is clearly obvious, they want to prevent jobseekers bypassing Universal Jobmatch – which would enable those jobseekers to keep their benefits (i.e. no sanctions) and prevent such jobseekers being tracked.
12. Government Gateway
Nanny state – Rich Vs Poor
Monster (Monster Worldwide Inc and its internationally subsidies) is a commercial “job search engine” with just over $1 billion of revenue in 2011.
It may initially sound a safe bet and sensible to choose Monster… after all they are a large business with vast experience, however, in 2007 in less than 2 weeks Monster lost millions of customer data due to numerous data leaks. In 2009, the UK based site monster.co.uk was hacked and 4.5 million peoples data was stolen. These led to tens of thousands of cases of ID theft and phishing attacks to fraudulently obtain bank details for the purpose of stealing money. (Maybe this is what really caused the double-dip recession…)
I don’t know about you, but I would say that the next data leak/hack is overdue… now the Government owned website… is more of a political target for hackers to do the same.
13. Universal Credit
Monthly paydays (be grateful, more likely to be sanctioned)
Universal Jobmatch is one of the first elements of the Universal Credit. You probably have heard of it. You might not know, however, its primarily designed to pay out less (“make work pay” springs to mind… followed by a few other workhouse phrases) and only once a month. (Compared to Jobseekers Allowance being paid forthnightly)
This might not be too alarming – once upon a time most workers were paid weekly… now the majority is paid monthly… the difference is, the amount of benefit is so low, it will be very tricky to budget from one month to the next. Okay, holding benefits another 2 weeks give a greater chance of withholding benefits of that period indefinitely (i.e. enough time to sanction you, so the treasury never needs to pay you. Solves the big welfare budget crisis, right?)
Where does Universal Jobmatch come into this?
Where does Universal Jobmatch come into this? The Universal Jobmatch is the main weapon in the DWP’s arsenal to reduce the welfare budget (well other than state-sponsored mass-manslaughter – more on that later). At current Jobcentre Plus has been tripping up jobseekers (i.e. forcing them into sanctions) and getting its partners (Welfare to Work companies on New Deal, Flexible New Deal, Work Programme, Mandatory Work Activity etc) to do so too; and DWP employing the marvellous (…we don’t give…) ATOS that has been so successful in curing people with disabilities into work, resulting in less monies paid out of the welfare budget (JSA is lower amount).
Except, primarily the reason of such reduction is these neglected disabled persons, in some cases, have been killed in the process. You might have not heard about it, the Government of past and current, have been keeping this underwraps and sub-secret. Please feel free to Google it. In these circumstances sanctions seem a little insignificant, for the loss of numerous human lives in this process of a cost-cutting exercise. The real problem is Government wastage – such as despite cut backs… a £5 billion Work Programme, £20m+ rebrand of their job portal… and despite families all over the country being told to tighten their belts… no reduction in MP salaries or expenses.
14. Delegated ‘Work of Mouth’ promotion
Government forces brand saturation within social circles
The Government has been very clever relying on “Word of Mouth” through face-2-face conversation, twitter and facebook. Whereas a good half of the comments on twitter etc. initially were regarding being unable to register or use the site (i.e. in summary: “Please don’t take my benefits… I am trying… but your new site doesn’t work”) this has worked favourably in the Government’s marketing plan of the new service.
The Government want to force segregation of the “working class” – i.e. those with jobs paying in a lot of taxes (with little tax breaks etc compared to the middle class) Vs those unemployed. (As long as the working class in jobs fool for this, the more the middle class politicians get away with it) Highlight and humiliate the “scroungers” (it means anyone claiming benefits regardless of their rights to do so) whilst creating brand awareness.
The DWP are fully aware that jobseekers like to switch off once they have done their job search and when they come back from signing on, living a basic life as you could reasonably expect any human being to do so as a minimum standard. This means to a lot of people these days, that mandatory communication on facebook and twitter, from mobile phones, tablets and personal computers.
For this Universal Credit to work (using Universal Jobmatch) they need to slowly change habits and remove the right to a personal life. The concept is, if you will be claiming this new benefit then you will indeed be a burden to the state, and must do as the Government says 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. People currently wont be that submissive… but they need to be in order to undertake 35 hours of jobsearch each week.
The Government started this years ago when trying to reach out with Twitter accounts for each Jobcentre Plus office and for the press office. No big changes will be noticed until 2013 when Universal Jobmatch will be forced upon everyone. Hoping employers will boycott the site isn’t the answer… DWP have been importing old jobs to make up the numbers and never a shortage of agencies looking for groups of sales people for a non-existing cause.
15. No10 Corruption
Corrupt middle-classes pulling strings, getting departments aligned
This would be a bombshell… except we all know about David “Just call me Dave, I am an approachable down-to-earth guy, who wouldn’t think twice about being photographed under a Peacocks sign, to express my true sexuality; but have to have a wife to get into politics and have children, who I would rather just leave behind in a pub“ Cameron links with News of the World.
This is one of many favourable relationship – and its not limited to the PM or the Conservative Party, Labour had just as many… and we all know where and how A4e got its contracts!
Anyhow, it appears there will be:
- No investigation, prosecution or revoking of the Atos contract in regards to the deaths and poor treatment of disabled people
- No u-turn or ECJ/Human Rights case (i.e. legal aid to exhaust our own legal system first) in regards to conditions, welfare and sanctions of such schemes
- No ICO (Information Commissioner) interference in regards to Universal Jobmatch contracts under duress, the vast scale of tracking and sensitive data stored in the US
- The independent court system will be favourable to the Government’s aims under common purpose
How can the UK Government criticise China for Human Rights violations? Or Russia for that matter. Getting a bit long in the tooth with the double standards.
16. Employment Programmes
Social Security Law: Your provider is your employer
Since New Deal, jobseekers have been forced on numerous “employment programmes“. When people are placed on these they are shifted away from being “unemployed” to “employed” under social security legislation… and guess what? That greedy welfare to work provider is treated as your employer. Despite being unemployed and claiming unemployment benefits, if you went to a social security tribunal, this provider will be named as your employer. This mechanism allows you to be sanctioned.
This is why unemployment drops but claimaint count rises. This type of trick skews statistics up to 2 million people at a time. All above board, fully legal…paying hundreds of thousands of people unemployment benefit while they are “employed” is not false accounting under the Fraud Act or even an offence under Social Security legislation.
The fulltime job search (35 hours per week) on Universal Jobmatch… will lose everyone their benefit. Being logged in for 35 hours wont be “actively seeking employment”.. you wont be able to cope beyond 90 minutes with the number of jobs on there. This is all tracked.
Yes… when you are signed up to the Work Programme, on monthly appointments… for the whole month (all up until you sign off) you are treated as being employed. This is criminal yet legal?!
Why there is no jobs
Honestly, one of the biggest reasons little or few job vacancies are around these days is the hunger for cost-cutting to increase profits. The recession was an excuse for almost every employer to get 2 employees to do 3 or 4 jobs – with the simple response if you don’t like it: “consider yourself lucky you have a job; if you don’t want it there are hundreds of others…“. Believe it or not, it was hardly the case of by employing less people the business survives… this whole recession myth (ooh, that was a bit bold – indeed there was a recession but not everyone was broke) gave the average member of the public the express impression that no-one… no person, business or Government department has any money… I wonder how many employees who were forced to take on extra work in the last few years knew how much profit the business was actually making. Some break-even or posted a loss… but the majority? I am sure most suffered in percentage but still succeeded.
The Government is partly to blame, typically Conservative-supporting middle class business owners, clocking on to the fact that its the fault of the “working class” and as a result people should be grateful of having a job and undertake it regardless of conditions and pay.
The other is workfare.
The other is workfare. Getting unemployed persons “work” and benefit employers of “free work” (i.e. less real jobs).
Unemployed people do NOT need (unpaid) “work” … they need paid work. The readers of this article will be very conscious of this fact.
Workfare “benefits” the economy as it help employers find staff without them needing to pay any wages. It helps the Government as underperformance, lateness, or failure to turn up can result in the workfare participant losing their benefits… for up to 3 years.
Universal Credit will rely solely on Universal Jobmatch and Workfare to reduce the payments made. They will probably manage a 40% saving on welfare expenditure.
18. Class War
More riots to come
Why the punishment of the poor? Why do we let the middle-class politicians do us over like this? Let me put the events into perspective… (rough timescale – probably not 100% accurate)
- Register as unemployed to receive Unemployment Benefit – attend when requested to sign on
- Jobseekers Act comes into play (to Labour disgust) requiring the unemployed to look for work (fair enough), sign an agreement in order to claim, and be sanctioned up to 6 months – cant leave a job voluntary or lose due to misconduct
- Employment Programmes created under Labour (New Deal) where the unemployed vanish from the unemployment figures – up to 13 weeks every year of unemployment (optional 26 weeks) – placements at local businesses and charity shops with a day of job search – lose first £4 of travel each week – providers report jobseekers by form to JCP for sanctions
- New Deal was too time consuming (13 weeks fulltime – 4 times a year) so Labour reworked this so providers can choose how often to meet with jobseekers – whilst being on the scheme for 12 months the person is treated as “employed” and not “unemployed”. Unemployed were assigned (‘sold’ as leads) to providers and were then unable to access Jobcentre Plus support (i.e. other schemes, Travel to Interview, etc) and certain job titles at the providers were assigned the ability to directly sanction jobseekers (jobcentre process the benefit aspects) despite the providers saying its jobcentre plus who do it automatically etc “Flexible New Deal” – providers were required to organise a month of work experience but most failed to meet this
- New 2 week sanctions for being late or failing to attend
- Work for Your Benefit (workfare) scheme was planned – controversial as not only workfare but had verbal jobseeker directions – Conservatives scrapped it
- Pilot where certain claimants had to attend jobcentre on a daily basis without right of travel expenses reimbursed (as was a signing on appointment)
- Mandatory Work Activity was introduced… 4 weeks of workfare, participants can be placed on it unlimited times and at any stage of their claim (day 1 possible) – be late or fail to show, or fail to actively participate (i.e. work hard enough)… first offence 3 month sanction (you are not excused) … second (etc) 6 month sanction.
- Work Programme… unemployed parked for 2 years (perhaps longer) – provider supports continue even once you have signed off – sanctions sanctions sanctions
- Sanctions raised to 2 weeks, 6 months and 3 years
- Community Action Programme etc
- Universal Jobmatch – give data to USA, set yourself up for sanctions, give data unwillingly to fake employers
- Universal Credit – paid only monthly, 35 hours job search
So in about 20 years the jobseeker has gone from money for nothing to workfare slave.
- Money for nothing (20 years ago)
- Must search for work, keep in employment regardless and avoid sanctions
- Now no longer “unemployed” in statistics when put on schemes
- Now “employed” for longer whilst jobsearching and sanctionable by providers
- Lose 2 weeks money because bus was late
- Both major parties were drawing up workfare plans
- Randomly chosen jobseekers had to attend daily at their cost (~£15-20)
- Revolving unlimited workfare, can be sanctioned for six times longer than duration
- Statistics fixing as doubled on the new scheme
- Sanction gone from maximum of 6 months to 3 years
- Forced to upload CV and apply for fake jobs (present day)
- Waiting longer to get paid, more chance of sanctions, fulltime job search of very few jobs (future: confirmed plans)
How much longer are we going to wait around to be dictated to of what to do? The next place is a white padded cell. 35 hours of job search a week… People got sick notes for stress when they did the mandatory 30 hours weekly job search on New Deal. Or failing that no money for 3 years.
Even the likes of Tesco are exploiting free labour from the unemployed. They have enough profits to pay these people a decent wage quite comfortably. Technically speaking their wages would come off their tax bill anyhow. This is despite being in a recession. Employers are just not recruiting much these days. Why would they? Welfare to Work providers contacting them for placements.
I hope the unemployed can get their act together for mass peaceful protests rather than waiting for a triple dip recession, with widespread riots. Its time to reject the lip service from Jobcentre Plus. Don’t take no 35 hours job search when there is no jobs to look for, monthly benefit payments if you aren’t sanctioned for 3 years and workfare schemes for profitable businesses whilst statistically being employed. What do you want from the Government? Real training? Job opportunities? A future? Stick the politicians under pressure… they fudge their way from pillar to post to keep their gold-plated salaries and expenses… the problem is you will be no longer able to fudge your CV without being reported to the benefit fraud hotline… and you will need to fudge it… the huge unemployment period unaccounted for or details of the workfare scheme you are on… neither will result in a job. So many people made redundant in the recession thought it would be a couple of months on the dole… the vast majority are still claiming.