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More Tesco workfare placements

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OK, not a fully exhaustive break down… we really don’t have the time for that, and most placements will be made through a poverty pimp (welfare to work provider) for the Work Programme, Mandatory Work Activity and Community Action Programme etc.

There is a good reason why we are highlighting two specific vacancies… (if your blood is already close to boiling point we do not recommend you read this):-


dgJobs Ref: DG/110118/BAL71110/1
JCP Reference:  BAL/77596
Employer Ref: None



Job Description: 4 weeks work experience for customers with little or no work experience. You will have an interest in working within Retail, be confident and have the ability to work in a team, excited about working with customers & have a friendly and helpful attitude. Be adaptable and have the legal right to work in the u.k. Uniforms will not be provided; all candidates will be expected to wear suitable black and white clothing and black shoes. No trainers are to be worn.

Please note amongst the positions requirements:-

  • The “legal right to work in the u.k.”
  • “Uniforms will not be provided” and
  • “all candidates will be expected to wear suitable black and white clothing and black shoes “

Legal right to work in the UK

How sweet of Tesco to realise that under UK Law employers must check that to-be employees must have the right to work in the UK. Funny enough, all employees have the right to something called, ermm… the National Minimum Wage. No mention of this, just a wage of travel expenses.

I am sure its Jobcentre Plus actually forking the bill for travel and not £3.5bn profit maker global supermarket giant Tesco!

Uniforms will not be provided

Tesco Plc wants you to work for 4 weeks however do not want to loan you any uniform whatsoever.

All candidates

Apparently, “all candidates will be expected to wear suitable black and white clothing and black shoes”… now excuse me for being dumb, but what does this actually mean?

  • All candidates must try out to get the one position?
  • All candidates applying will get the workfare job?
  • All candidates must wear black shoes and black and white clothing to a job interview?

There is no mention of a job interview to rule out the latter list item, and to confirm this such request directly follows the no uniform statement! So is this one vacancy for potentially unlimited persons? FREE WORK FOR ALL!! (Well that is hardly revolutionary, millions volunteer for charity, and anyone can undertake unpaid work using their initiative.. whether that is picking up litter or helping an elderly person with their shopping bags… the paid work is the relevance)

Open to all?

The job advert isn’t a SOC 0 code and makes absolutely no mention of being of any scheme. It loosely mentions “work experience” but all experience of work is work experience (let me know in comments if you think I am trying too hard playing with words – I think I have a point though). The scheme of the same name is a noun so would require to be written as “Work Experience” and ideally followed by “scheme” or “placement” etc

It would be unlawful for Tesco to refuse someone the opportunity of employment through this advert AND a person undertaking such work would have to be paid the National Minimum Wage.

If you are lucky to live in Barnsley… I recommend you apply for the position directly to the local Tesco store. I believe the address to be: WOMBWELL LANE, BARNSLEY, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, S70 3NS. (Telephone: 0845 6779035)


dgJobs Ref: DG/114658/WOF71110/1
JCP Reference:  WOF/22786
Employer Ref: None



Job Description: This is a Work Experience opportunity for people aged 18-24 years old and mainly claiming JSA for 13 weeks or more. This is an excellent opportunity to gain a full insight into the operation of a Tesco Express Store. . *** Customers to e-mail CV & covering letter stating suitability and interest in the position *** PLEASE DONOT CONTACT TESCO DIRECT, you must apply through the Jobcentre.

Please note this job description states:-

  • Clearly that its a Work Experience placement and requires a JSA claim
  • A requirement to email a CV and covering letter for Suitability

Cherry picking?

Why require a CV and covering letter? The whole idea is in effect to polish a turd… (excuse the phrase) turning someone undesirable (as of no or little work experience) into someone who has some experience and work discipline. Of course, Tesco also gets free labour in return.

A CV and covering letter as all jobseekers out there (and others, with basic common sense – not a phrase you hear every day) know is used for discrimination. Strips away the equal chance of a position at chance or of you at face value by checking suitability to said position.

This is fair enough, an employer wants someone who is capable of doing a job they are paid to do. Not only in this circumstances are they not paid, the concept is Tesco (the same goes for all employers under such scheme) trains the person into how to do the job and not simply “cherry picking” those who appear able or have past experience of doing a similar job.

Tesco are supposed to get an paid employee to “teach the young person the ropes” and not to just create a pool of free workers.

What am I getting at?

This latest advert clearly shows that global supermarket giant Tesco is completely avoiding the purpose of the scheme just to obtain skilled workers who should be getting paid like ordinary employees.

We do have reservations entirely about such schemes… so after saying the above, even someone without experience in retail work… should be getting paid National Minimum Wage. This goes for all employers in all industries, however, Tesco are a very wealthy business cutting hours of its employed staff.

Apprenticeships are there for a reason… the only problem is, there is a Minimum Wage now for apprenticeships in some circumstances… these pointless schemes for jobseekers are only a way of getting round that for free labour.


Written by Universal Jobmatch

February 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Posted in DWP, Workfare

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  1. All work is experience but not all experience is work 🙂


    February 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

  2. All work is activity but not all activity is work 🙂


    February 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

  3. We’re all a bunch of online anti-capitalist extremists according to Chris Grayling
    Far from it, I think demanding that your labour be paid at the market rate is the very antithesis Capitalism


    February 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    • I think you mean ‘the very antithesis of anti-capitalism’ or ‘the very essence of capitalism’.


      February 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

  4. Good blog. The cherry picking shows they are already after so called suitable staff, difference is they can choose after set period wether to accept or go for more freebie workers !!! Then they play all worried about their brand when found out. TOUGH tesco are the new slave masters……..Shame on you tesco.


    February 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  5. Dont be fooled by tesco offering paid labour they will still take over 25’s on the work programme its a smoke screen as it is with ae4 as govement knew last month that they was being accused fraud yet what do they do they award them a new contract amazing and they say we getting sum thing for nothing excuse me we only getting what we paid in its our own money unlike when mp’s who had for years been stealing tax payers money

    Wayne green

    February 23, 2012 at 9:33 am

  6. I wish government and providers would be forced to release data showing how diverse these so called work experiences/placements are as then it could be clearly shown to be wholely unbalanced.

    No one or hardly anyone grows up wanting to go into retail or own a shop, this is as true as how many people have ever off their own back gone down to the local supermarket and asked to volunteer, “err hardly ever if at all”.

    How comes we are only hearing of complaints surrounding retail,hospitality,admin and not say engineering for example, Oh silly me, thats practically all they have no their books.

    I have yet to hear of loads of people doing a placement in meaningful roles for say Rolls Royce, Aerospace, Virgin, BT to name but a few.

    The people getting these placements are simply targeting companies they know people dont volunteer for, that are on their local high street, require next to nothing in qualifications/training and have the lowest take up as a job by the british public.


    February 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  7. Yes, mandatory volunteering is conscription. In a civilian workplace that is forced labour.
    I thought forced or compulsory labour is illegal under Section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in England, and section 47 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.
    Remember “forced or compulsory labour is defined as:
    It is therefore of paramount importance for all Jobseekers to declare themselves to be non-volunteers – beware if you are asked at any time if you would consider voluntary work.
    That old military adage is right: NEVER VOLUNTEER!

    Wayne green

    February 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

    • Thats why they call it training so as to get around that very point not that it makes it right.

      The government need to do more than remove the sanctioning crap, especially if as they say that they are comitted to helping the youth. I reckon they should encourage people to find their own placement and while on such have their benefit topped up to meet the minimum wage if say they only claim JSA as if you add THAT with housing benefit and council tax benefit it does after all equal around 37 hours of work (min wage)and in some cases more.

      What im basically saying is total up what their wage (weekly basis)would have been when successfully completed (weekly basis),then subtract the benefits the claimant gets and if the placement generated more money that the claimant gets topped up to the value of that week worked.

      Also as they are working that they shouldnt be subject to JSA rules and should be treated like a worker.

      We need to encourage our youth to seek out a career and not just a job down the local supermarket.


      February 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    • Sorry, should have added at the beginning of my last post after the training bit.

      I should have added that also thats why they state that its voluntary to enter into in the beginning as another work around of the law you speak of. Again that doesnt make it right though.


      February 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

  8. I’ed say if the government want the public to believe that this is an olive branch then they have to scrap it being mandatory and make sure that the people getting these placements actually get a diverse spectrum of careers.

    What i find laughable is that when its spoke about on tv by news or government that they always use video of placements that are semi to fully skilled jobs and not the likes of supermarkets.

    “Cameron it wont be supermarkets that lift britain from poverty and people only work hard and show interest in careers, not jobs”.

    Its not snobbery, its a lack of choice which you’ed know if you ever bothered to look at the schemes you farm out to the private sector or is it that you do?


    February 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

  9. My parents have stopped shopping at tesco ! So have I.

    Untill they can realize this scheme is slavery, Im boycotting tesco along with the rest of my family. They may be jobseekers but they arnt scum and should not be treated as slaves for labour.

    How are they supposed to look for work when they are gaining 30 hours a week experience filling up the shelves of cereal and tuna ?? This experience is not helpful at all, its demoralising and I find it quite sickening.

    Im quite happy shopping at sainsburys at the moment, its nice to have some different food in the fridge / cupboards infact.

    I may be participating on the 3rd of march, If I can get the time off work. This is disgusting – what a sad country we are living in when tesco’s are taking on slaves. Just so sickening.

    Susan wallace

    February 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

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