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Jobcentre Plus uses workfare!!!

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The UK workfare debates heats up… and it soon comes apparent that even yours truly Jobcentre Plus is using workfare participants to make up it numbers.

Is Jobcentre Plus trialling workfare to replace its Admin Officers? 

No workfare participant will be able to undertake an Employment Officer role, however, DWP is cutting its “corporate administration budget” by 36% over 4 years.

PCS is already upset with DWP plans to close contact centres and get rid of over 1,900 job vacancies. Labelled a staffing crisis and defending jobs as more centres scheduled to close.

It is now clear, that the least important jobs could soon be replaced with workfare participants.

The workfare job adverts

Lets select 3 – magic number lol. Just to make it clear, you have to contact Jobseeker Direct to find out who the employer is with… they were a little too shy to place “Jobcentre Plus” or “DWP” in the employer box, however, of course its workfare not paid employment (although they pay your benefit so are in every way your employer).

Technically speaking, “Secretary of State” holds the title… so you are in effect slaves of these persons (yes, the term applies to all Secretary of States – not just Work and Pensions).


Yes, why not shout about it?! No idea why the uppercase. This one too close to home… in Bury St Edmunds of the same county. The job description:-

This is a work experience placement available to customers claiming Jobseekers Allowance with little or no work history. The placement is working at the Job Centre at St Andrews House in Bury St Edmunds. Through a combination of job-shadowing,mentoring and coaching, the participant will gain an overview of office administration. Duties including (but not exhaustive); filing, minute taking/general admin duties/use of IT and possibly use of telephone to contact customers. A full CRB check will be conducted prior to starting. Personal Advisers must ensure interested customers sign a work experience consent to share form. CV and JCP application form should then be sent to Bury St Edmunds EA team.

With a wage of “JSA + TRAVEL”, hours of “25 – 30 per week” (was also in uppercase… ), location of ” EAST ANGLIA, IP33 ” and reference of “BSD/27427”.

Wait… a CV AND application form?! Not even a paid job …


Unlike the above (yes its uppercase again..) this is placed with a proper SOC code. The job description:-

 ***Work Experience Customers Only***Applicants must be aged 18 – 24 with little or no work experience and interested in administrative or general office work. Will be working with the public dealing with a diverse range of customers. Researching vacancy opportunities for customers (non LMS). Gaining customer service skills. Helping promote digital channels with customers.Must be able to provide acceptable means of identification for standard security verification checks. CRB checks will need to be undertaken and cleared before an offer of a placement can be made

With a wage of “BENEFITS + TRAVEL EXPENSES”, hours of “30hrs per week” (was also in uppercase… ), location of “CRAMLINGTON NE23” and reference of “CRM/20576”.

This job is probably posting jobs on twitter lol…


Call centre job! The job description:-

  ***TELFORD Contact Centre*** TF3 4HB Working in a Contact Centre enviroment, Admin duties in an office enviroment. Will be expected to go to a 20 minute informal interview in the Telford room, Ground Foor, New Town house, Telford. START DATE: 19/12/11. ELIGIBILTY: Primarily aimed at younger JSA claimants aged 18-24 from week 13 up to referral to the Work Programme. There is discretion to refer claimants earlier than week 13 &, exceptionally, those aged 25+ who have no recent work history, & 16/17 where agreed – see guidance and/or RC.

With a wage of “NA”, hours of “25” (how lazy), location of ” TELFORD TF3 ” and reference of ” TEL/64684 “.

Please Note: Did you see the start date? Job was actually posted on the 6th February 2012… so it seems this job has been advertised previously and a lazy copy and paste job without bothering to read it.


Do you work for Jobcentre Plus? Are you worried about your job?

Are you a jobseeker? Would you work at Jobcentre Plus for no pay?

Written by Universal Jobmatch

February 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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  1. “Applicants must be aged 18 – 24”

    This is the email address if you’d like to complain about age discrimination. (Could help resolve the issue of the legal status of workfare).



    February 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    • So when people who work for the DWP lose their jobs in all this cost-cutting they will get them back when they are on the Work Programme.

      Only at a quarter of the wages.


      Andrew Coates

      February 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  2. Bloody hell! As if enduring the weekly signing sessions at the Job Centre isn’t dehumanising enough, if claimants aren’t already treated with little enough respect, now they get to go and be JCP slaves, to be treated with even more contempt by the staff there, who will probably, quite justifiably, be worried about their own jobs being lost to this state slavery programme. I am utterly disgusted by this disgraceful treatment of people when they are at their most vulnerable!

    Esther Nagle

    February 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

  3. JCP drones being replaced with slave workers is the ultimate definition of Poetic Justice.

    Ha ha ha ha fucking ha!

    Ha Ha.

    February 11, 2012 at 12:01 am

  4. Why We’re Supporting Boycott Workfare Campaign In Birmingham
    Workfare is a government scheme where people who have been on Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) for 6 months or more are made to take a “work experience” position at a company for a period of up to 6 weeks.

    Common placements are at Poundland, Tesco and other retail businesses, where people will do jobs such as sweeping/cleaning and shelf stacking.

    Workfare was first brought in as part of the Flexible New Deal, under Labour, and is being expanded by the ConDem coalition. Worryingly, there are now moves being put into place to create placements of up to 6 months for long term unemployed.
    During the period you are working for the company, you receive your benefits and travel expenses. There is no extra pay, and people on the work experience do a full 30-35hour week for up to £67.50 of benefits (younger people will get less, with £53.75 being a lower rate). This means that people are often earning less than £2/hr for their work – well below the minimum wage.

    The companies they are working for do not pay anything, instead the taxpayer covers the cost of their “wages”.

    Boycott Workfare are a campaign group who have been working to end these schemes. They approached us before Christmas as they will be starting to campaign around the West Midlands this year. This coincided with the start of a legal challenge to Workfare by local firm Public Interest Lawyers (who regularly attend Birmingham Against The Cuts meetings), and a story in the Guardian about workfare, which included details from Cait Reilly, who was made to give up her voluntary position at the Birmingham Pen Museum, in order to do a placement at Poundland in Kings Heath.

    We have decided to support the campaign in Birmingham, and will be helping to organise a meeting in the city centre sometime in March, along with Birmingham Trades Council and Boycott Workfare. We will of course publicise this meeting when there are firm details. There will also be meetings held around Birmingham and the West Midlands.

    If you want to get involved with the campaign, or want to know if there will be a meeting near you, please email us at BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@Gmail.com or comment on this post, and we’ll pass your details on / get back to you.

    Andrew Coates

    February 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    • Just to point out that the statement pasted by andy above isn’t completely true in its entirety…

      1) Most schemes do not have a minimum claim period set under law, but failure to comply is benefit sanctions; therefore anyone can be referred BEFORE or after the guidance.

      2) Mandatory Work Activity scheme is from Day 1 (potentially). Its not set in stone whether those leaving FND, who skipped work programme as they had secure a job, will be expected to join CAP, and if so, whether that could also be early than 6 months.

      Work Programme

      February 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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  10. Hello, the whole thing is going fine here and ofcourse every
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    October 22, 2012 at 5:08 am

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