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Universal Jobmatch for Jobseekers Part 2!

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This is Ipswich Unemployed Action’s guide to Universal Jobmatch.

Universal Jobmatch Guide for Jobseekers Part 2

Continued from Part 1

  1. Jobs – The truth: there isn’t any
  2. CV Data Storage
  3. Anti-Competitiveness Monopoly – give Monster the market
  4. Government Gateway – new ID card scheme anyone?
  5. Universal Credit – Nice If you can get it
  6. Delegated Word of Mouth
  7. No10 Corruption
  8. Employment Programmes
  9. Workfare – why there is no jobs
  10. Riots!!!

9. 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”.

The scandal of the Government getting people to apply for fake positions which may result to identity theft is shocking. I wont lie. I was impressed… some of the terms and privacy policy was awful… but at the start it appears the Government grew a backbone and was banning the agency spammings and fake employers… the site was new, appears most jobs seemed genuine… a day later… full of more spam than the old site, and there is zero entry requirements to be an employer… someone was as kind enough to take the effort of registering a hotmail account and a Government Gateway account, before posting job details of the latest Secret Intelligence Service vacancy (i.e. MI6). The fact someone posted a job using a hotmail account is neither here or there… directjov job search was full of free email accounts with a small percentage being genuine employers, but being able to emulate one of the security services… raises questions as well as eyebrows.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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15. No10 Corruption

Corrupt middle-classes pulling strings, getting departments aligned

This would be a bombshell… except we all know about DavidJust 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.

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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?!

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17. Workfare

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.

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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)

  1. Register as unemployed to receive Unemployment Benefit – attend when requested to sign on
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. New 2 week sanctions for being late or failing to attend
  6. Work for Your Benefit (workfare) scheme was planned – controversial as not only workfare but had verbal jobseeker directions – Conservatives scrapped it
  7. Pilot where certain claimants had to attend jobcentre on a daily basis without right of travel expenses reimbursed (as was a signing on appointment)
  8. 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.
  9. Work Programme… unemployed parked for 2 years (perhaps longer) – provider supports continue even once you have signed off – sanctions sanctions sanctions
  10. Sanctions raised to 2 weeks, 6 months and 3 years
  11. Community Action Programme etc
  12. Universal Jobmatch – give data to USA, set yourself up for sanctions, give data unwillingly to fake employers
  13. 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.

To recap:-

  • 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.

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Written by Universal Jobmatch

December 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

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  1. “the unemployed can get their act together for mass peaceful protests”.
    We are going to organise on the ground in Ipswich for just such protests. Contact us.

    Andrew Coates

    December 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

  2. Since I first made the ‘Utah’ suggestion, I though I’d better follow it up with some technical information.

    The jobsearch.direct.gov.uk (and other associated Universal Jobmatch) addresses all resolve to 91.239.210.0/23, a sizable chunk of IP address space owned by Monster Worldwide Limited and assigned by RIPE Réseaux IP Européens here in our fine old continent. Incidentally the Class A, 91.0.0.0/8 was never assigned, and seems to have been used ‘classless’; the Department of Work and Pensions has a Class A, all of it, at 51.0.0.0/8. Monster themselves make extensive use of Akamai as proxies, but they themselves appear to use 208.71.192.0/21, which is a North American (ARIN) managed block, as well as a Verizon managed 63.121.28.0/21, also in North America. Monster Worldwide seem to be quite distributed, with offices in a number of places in Texas, Massachusetts, and New York.

    Anyway, this is where you go, initially when you connect to ‘jobsearch.direct.gov.uk’. What happens when you arrive there is a whole bunch of redirection. As you’re no doubt aware, gentle reader, who’s that computer literate, having a web-address in one particular place is no guarantee that the database will be there too. In fact Monster boast a number of Data Centres, and they’re all in Massachusetts:

    http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/11-15-11_Manzo_and_Conway_FedWkfc_Testimony.pdf

    I’d gotten the Utah link from a encryption certificate that maybe from a third party. If they are using a Data Centre in Utah, then it’s more likely to be something like this: http://www.viawest.com/data-center-communities/salt-lake-city-ut rather than the NSA one.

    It’s also likely that things are in a state of flux too. There were hosting changes recorded by Netcraft on 2012-11-20, shortly after launch, and after I extensively researched the site for scraping.

    Monster have extensive government business, in the States, so much so that they’ve a special web-address for this: http://monstergovernmentsolutions.com (which resolves to the Verizon managed subnet). They’re quite open about this stuff too, unlike the DWP: “Monster publishes the specification for system interaction and data sharing requirements publicly at http://schemas.monster.com. The requirements include XML schemas, XML examples, documentation, sample code, release notes, calendar, and other resources to integrate successfully with Monster. Requirements are extended and communicated to all integrated partners as new features are added to
    Monster.”

    The chief similar-to-Jobsearch site over there is http://usajobs.gov, which is entirely US Government jobs, and is run by Monster using their regular search engine rather than the Trovix one, which seems to the lot of jobsearch.direct.gov.uk. Trovix were a rival and recent acquisition by Monster.

    Although my recent searches have drawn a blank, and I can’t confirm a Utah smoking gun, it’s more than likely, given the slowness of some of the HTTP request/response pairs that the data is being kept at some considerable distance from the UK. Traceroute seems to be blocked, and we’ve a suggestion of Massachusetts.

    A Freedom of Information Request may get you some traction, but I doubt it.

    Martin Sullivan

    December 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    • Brilliant post.

      But…..”gotten” is North American too, and an ugly toad of a past participle.

      We say I’ve got the Utah…

      Andrew Coates

      December 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

    • Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe I have seen in one of the communication acts that information generated in the UK (meaning jobseekers info, has to be stored within the boarders of the EEC,not outside this area as this would be a criminal offence – so why are the DWP using Monster which apparently stores all this info in Utah USA.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      December 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

  3. I think they need to be reminded that ultimately, welfare is the price the rich pay to avoid being slaughtered in their beds by the half-starved poor.

    Anton

    December 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  4. Nobody is going to sit around and starve in a rich plentiful country like the UK when the shops are full of food. The starving masses will just take what is rightfully theirs. Tesco can fuck right off!

    Land of the Dead

    December 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

  5. How can anybody without a computer and unlimited internet access spend 35 hours a week job-seeking? I’d really like IDS and the DWP to give us some guidance in respect to how we’re supposed to do this. Paid internet access at Cyber Cafes and such like is impossible. Free access on a library computer is at best an hour or two a day, if you can book time on a workstation. Stationary, stamps and transport are expensive so you can’t print up hundreds of copies of your CV and spend the week walking around trying to get employers to accept them. Seriously. How on earth is it possible to spend 35 hours a week looking for work when you don’t have the facilities? They might as well as us to fly!

    Argurious

    December 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

    • heck how is it possible for someone with a computer and internet access. given that a lot of jobsites just repost the same jobs as others. just this morning I went through 3 sites and enquired about 5 jobs via email and a couple of voluntry overseas placements with various conservation charities, and uploaded a new CV in the span of about 20 minuets. I could probably apply for every job advertised online in the UK and possible a few over seas jobs in maybe 5 hours what am I suppose to do for the other 30 hours a week? translate a foregn language job site and apply for a job in russia or bolivia? print out a few thousand CVs and spam every buisness in a 10 mile radius? to do job search for 35 hours every week is impossible especially considering that a lot of sites only update once every week at best.
      and what happens if bob applies for 20 jobs in an hour and leaves it at that for a week while his buddy larry spends 35 hours searching for work but not applying for anything? does bob get his money stopped while larry continues to get his benifits despite not doing anything to find work

      crwydryny

      February 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      • How long will it take, Logging onto and doing the ’35’ hours {!} jobsearch will be classed as sigining on for jsa. Don’t forget they already have your National Insurance Number, Ujm Account Number, And your email address!. No more signing on, but easy to track online activities. [Sorry forgot they got your mobile number too. GPS?.

        James Middlesex

        February 18, 2013 at 8:07 am

  6. Tobanem

    December 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

  7. An hour or two each day free access at the library? Someone’s got it cushy. Last time I was in Nottingham the city council run libraries limit members to something like an hour free per WEEK, and the charges for going over were scandalous. Visitors get charged £2 for 30 mins! All, of course, on the oldest, slowest PCs imaginible, out of date browsers etc etc etc. I wonder how many other councils are profiteering like this?

    Dan

    December 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  8. DWP union has voiced concerns over number of UJ infiltrations and policy & requested advisory sessions & possible action.

    Chris

    December 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    • Surely the rule of law concept applies here? One rule for one, one rule for everybody.

      If the twats at Jobcentre Plus cannot stand their job, then perhaps they should let someone else do it. Oh… my heart bleeds… they would not only be left without a job, but have an insight in how their fellow colleagues will be making their lives hell for the next 18 months or so!

      The PCS just use the welfare (unemployed/disabled) issues to increase the number of bullet-points they have… they are only in it for themselves, otherwise half of the employees be running welfare to work companies or training businesses trying to make the difference.

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  9. The only way they can make any system (including the UJM) secure is to stop using it, and go back to using an old style paper filing system, like they used to use back inthe early 80’s.

    N.B. – DWP – Any computer system created by man – can be defeated by man – get it!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    • There is a difference between completely secure and reasonably secure. UJM isn’t even the latter. Glaring security issues everywhere. fake employers, marketing ploys, identity theft scams. It fails on so many levels. Saying that no system is completely secure only gives credit to UJM, which frankly is a disgrace and should be assigned to the big recycle bin in the sky.

      Chris

      December 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

  10. Meanwhile, here is a report on the DEATH OF DECENCY:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/protesters-blast-tory-cuts-and-claim-1471720

    … and don’t forget the avoidable premature deaths of hundreds of sick and disabled ATOS victims.

    How much longer can this outrage continue?

    At least the Daily Record in Glasgow has given major regional coverage of the ATOS controversy.

    Tobanem

    December 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

    • “73 brits killed each week” … Atos related.

      This has got to stop.

      Somehow its illegal:-
      1) to kill someone (murder, manslaughter)
      2) to indirectly kill someone incidental (death by dangerous driving etc)
      3) to assist someone to die (assisted suicide)
      4) for someone to die in your care (neglect etc)

      But its not when you have a welfare-related contract with the Government. Atos use (corrupt but) qualified doctors who end up killing by misdiagnosis (i.e. this person isn’t ill, they can work…) Its absolutely disgusting.We need to remove the dictators running this country.

      I don’t have a reliable source for the 73 each week claim (I am sure the daily record does to make such claim)… 1 death ever due to this system is unacceptable… Surely anything ever 5-7 deaths per week is more than a mere coincidence and cannot be justified as such?

      I am sure this figure comes from a total of 3796 deaths in one year due to Atos-DWP.

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

      • Where is the Labour Party… Oh! Hang on a minute… they unleashed the Atos monster on the sick and disabled under James Purnell and Yvette Cooper didn’t they? I doubt that Labour will do anything at all to counter this evil if they ever have the chance.

        Poupee

        December 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  11. Universal Jobmatch is NOT compulsory and any Jobcentre staff that pretend it is could be guilty of “official misdirection”:

    http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/department_for_work_and_pensions_group/dwp-news.cfm/id/D34395B0-26B7-4E67-81B32F80CFEBB3E8

    Argurious

    December 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  12. Argurious – You beat me to this – Yet more info to print out and take to the Jobcentre next time you sign on.

    http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/department_for_work_and_pensions_group/dwp-news.cfm/id/D34395B0-26B7-4E67-81B32F80CFEBB3E8

    PCS: Public and Commercial Services Union

    Department for Work and Pensions group
    Universal Jobmatch – Update for Members
    3 December 2012

    Since it went live on 19th November, Universal Jobmatch has encountered various problems, such as the advertising of bogus vacancies, and is attracting wider public interest.

    Following our initial discussions with DWP, the background to the new service was given in DWP/BB/153/12. In response to critical press coverage and enquiries from campaign organisations members and branches PCS pressured DWP for clearer information about the current difficulties with Universal Jobmatch. Additionally, PCS is receiving reports and queries from members concerned that some local managers appear to be putting pressure on advisors to misrepresent the mandatory nature of signing up to the new service.

    Non Mandatory:

    At the recent meeting, DWP management confirmed that the use of Universal Jobmatch is non-mandatory. On the security issues, management acknowledged that there had been ‘teething issues’ but that these were being resolved. PCS has put pressure on management to ensure a human rather than an automated IT check for the placing of vacancies by employers, to avoid the embarrassment of the bogus MI6 vacancy being repeated.
    PCS believes that it is essential for the future of the new service that jobseekers can have full confidence in the security of the system and trust and respect their employment adviser. It is therefore extremely damaging that some managers are putting pressure on jobcentre staff to tell jobseekers that they must register or
    grant their adviser access to their Universal Jobmatch account. This is clearly not currently the position and to suggest that it is would amount to official misdirection. PCS is now seeking to establish exactly what the legal position is and in the meantime strongly advises members not to put themselves in the position of misinforming the public about Universal Jobmatch.

    Performance Management:

    There is likely to be management pressure to hit the target of 80% of jobseekers using the system by August 2013. However, it is clearly inappropriate for individual targets to be applied to Universal Jobmatch account registration, and any reports of excessive pressure on advisors to hit this target should be raised locally with PCS in the first instance. PCS has also had some reports that in some areas it has been suggested that the rate of jobseeker registrations or even the possible number of jobseeker directions associated with Universal Jobmatch account registration may be used to assess performance or lead to some form of monitoring or even to a PIP. PCS advice is that it is impossible to see how this would be appropriate and that in all cases where it may arise members should talk to their workplace rep.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

  13. Thanks for all the info. This is slightly off topic but…
    The devil makes work for idle hands so think of this as a job creation scheme:
    http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/chat-a-rap/4596-doing-a-sar-req
    Keep them busy answering SARs and they’ll have no time to raise WP08s,

    Gissajob

    December 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

  14. Tomorrow… it will all become apparent to the attack on welfare.

    Universal Jobmatch

    December 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    • Leaks say 1% rise (that is a cut in real terms) for Benefits.

      Andrew Coates

      December 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

  15. Live on Wednesday 5th December

    Group: Ozzy Osbourne and The Boneheads

    Venue: House of Commons

    Time: 12:30 pm

    Ticket Price: Drunk: £1,000,000 Sober: £500,000

    Buffet: Donated by Choke and Puke Caterers

    Dress Code: Who Gives a Damn

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

  16. UNIVERAL JOBMATCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    I have just been looking at the Direct.Gov site ( now http://www.gov.uk), and going over the Terms and Conditions.

    I have found a few interesting items there:

    1. Information

    1.1 This website is managed by Monster Worldwide Ltd–An American company–on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

    4. Our obligations

    4.7 We will not be contractually bound by any of your actions or statements.

    Now, does that mean that if we sign ANYTHING related to this site, that there is actually NO CONTRACT?

    6. Data protection

    6.1 Information you provide to Us may be passed to relevant service providers, including government departments, agencies or authorities, for example in order to respond to any query you have made with Us or process any application you may have made.
    Your information will be managed in accordance with the law, including the Data Protection Act 1998. For further information please read Our Privacy Policy.

    6.2 We will comply with our legal obligations to keep your information safe and secure, but we cannot guarantee the absolute safety of any information that you send to us. This means that you send Us information at your own risk. We will not pay you any damages to cover any loss that has resulted from someone accessing the service without permission or making changes to information on the site, except for where Our employees or agents are at fault.

    7. User content

    7.3 If you submit User Content to this site you grant Us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to reproduce, adapt, distribute and publish the User Content through this site.

    7.5 We reserve the right to refuse to accept, post, display or transmit any User Content as we choose

    8. General

    8.1 This service and the use of it are governed by English Law. The English Court system shall have exclusive authority over any disputes connected to or arising out of the use of this service.
    * If this is so, then the Europena Court of Human Rights would apply, wouldn’t it? (After going through the corrupt English court system first, of course).

    (although Monster Worldwide is a US company)

    9. Additional terms for Jobseekers

    9.8 You agree that you have no ownership rights in your account and that if you cancel your account or your account is closed, all of your account information, including CVs, saved jobs and questionnaires may be marked as deleted and may be removed from our databases. Information may continue to be available for some period of time because of delays in processing.
    Third parties may retain saved copies of your information which they have downloaded from the site. We may delete your account and all of your information if you do not use this site at least monthly

    Lots of things there that make one think.

    If we sign this Universal Jobmatch, it should be a contract, right?
    But they say specifically that THEY WILL NOT BE BOUND BY ANY OF OUR ACTIONS OR STATEMENTS.

    Does that mean that anything we sign is null and void?

    As I am aware, a contract has to be signed and agreed by both parties.

    So, if I was to sign up and register with Universal Jobmatch, as they want you to (although, at the moment, it is not mandatory–but it soon will be!), am I bound to a contract with them?—even though they say they will not be bound by any contracts etc?.

    Any useful comments/ information would be useful.
    Thanks.

    epsom

    December 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    • An interesting post.

      But as I haven’t signed up I haven’t much to say myself!

      Andrew Coates

      December 8, 2012 at 9:59 am

  17. Nobody got anything to say about my post above?.

    epsom

    December 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  18. I may be clutching at straws, but here in UK, Health and Safety seems to be taken very seriously at all levels of society, so much so that some ridiculous laws have been made.

    I was thinking that, if people are sanctioned re their benefits (without good reason) and cannot afford food, rent etc…. then surely the Health and Safety of that person in compromised?.
    I was wondering if there is anywhere to go with that?

    epsom

    December 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

  19. YOU GUYS MUST BE NUTS.

    -

    December 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    • :
      YOU GUYS MUST BE NUTS.

      ….and who are you pal? anonymous? With an ignorant comment like that, no wonder!
      The questions I pose are legitimate.
      Just have a look at the Terms and Conditions in previous post (above)…
      Yeah…. we have our work cut out, but some of is are not quitters.

      epsom

      December 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

  20. i have just sent to the DWP a Freedom of Information Act request on just this issue on data protection.
    article 8 ECHR
    data protection act and consent in that making it mandatory to consent through the threat of sanctions
    monster are in fact data processors and need consent to hold peoples data

    REMEMBER

    UK LAW HAS TO BE COMPATiBLE WITH EU LAW

    we all know of mr duncan smiths view on europe, dont we

    keith humphries

    December 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm

  21. keith humphries :
    i have just sent to the DWP a Freedom of Information Act request on just this issue on data protection.
    article 8 ECHR
    data protection act and consent in that making it mandatory to consent through the threat of sanctions
    monster are in fact data processors and need consent to hold peoples data
    REMEMBER
    UK LAW HAS TO BE COMPATiBLE WITH EU LAW
    we all know of mr duncan smiths view on europe, dont we

    Hi Keith,
    Thank god someone here is doing something….let me/us know if you get any response.

    I don’t know if you are aware of the British Bill of Rights?… anyway, here it is:

    The CONSTITUTIONAL as opposed to ORDINARY STATUTE therefore cannot be repealed.
    BRITISH BILL OF RIGHTS 1689

    The Declaration of Rights 1688/9

    February 1688/9 Day Tuesday 12

    Whereas the late King James the Second, by the assistance of divers evil counsellors, judges and ministers employed by him, did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant religion and the laws and liberties of this kingdom;

    By assuming and exercising a power of dispensing with and suspending of laws and the execution of laws without consent of Parliament; By committing and prosecuting divers worthy prelates for humbly petitioning to be excused from concurring to the said assumed power;
    By issuing and causing to be executed a commission under the great seal for erecting a court called the Court of Commissioners for Ecclesiastical Causes;
    By levying money for and to the use of the Crown by pretence of prerogative for other time and in other manner than the same was granted by Parliament;
    By raising and keeping a standing army within this kingdom in time of peace without consent of Parliament, and quartering soldiers contrary to law;
    By causing several good subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when papists were both armed and employed contrary to law;
    By violating the freedom of election of members to serve in Parliament;
    By prosecutions in the Court of King’s Bench for matters and causes cognizable only in Parliament, and by divers other arbitrary and illegal courses;
    And whereas of late years partial corrupt and unqualified persons have been returned and served on juries in trials, and particularly divers jurors in trials for high treason which were not freeholders;
    And excessive bail hath been required of persons committed in criminal cases to elude the benefit of the laws made for the liberty of the subjects;
    And excessive fines have been imposed;
    And illegal and cruel punishments inflicted;
    And several grants and promises made of fines and forfeitures before any conviction or judgment against the persons upon whom the same were to be levied;
    All which are utterly and directly contrary to the known laws and statutes and freedom of this realm;

    And whereas the said late King James the Second having abdicated the government and the throne being thereby vacant, his Highness the prince of Orange (whom it hath pleased Almighty God to make the glorious instrument of delivering this kingdom from popery and arbitrary power) did (by the advice of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and divers principal persons of the Commons) cause letters to be written to the Lords Spiritual and Temporal being Protestants, and other letters to the several counties, cities, universities, boroughs and cinque ports, for the choosing of such persons to represent them as were of right to be sent to Parliament, to meet and sit at Westminster upon the two and twentieth day of January in this year one thousand six hundred eighty and eight [old style date], in order to such an establishment as that their religion, laws and liberties might not again be in danger of being subverted, upon which letters elections having been accordingly made;

    And thereupon the said Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons, pursuant to their respective letters and elections, being now assembled in a full and free representative of this nation, taking into their most serious consideration the best means for attaining the ends aforesaid, do in the first place (as their ancestors in like case have usually done) for the vindicating and asserting their ancient rights and liberties declare:

    That the pretended power of suspending the laws or the execution of laws by regal authority without consent of Parliament is illegal;
    That the pretended power of dispensing with laws or the execution of laws by regal authority, as it hath been assumed and exercised of late, is illegal;
    That the commission for erecting the late Court of Commissioners for Ecclesiastical Causes, and all other commissions and courts of like nature, are illegal and pernicious;
    That levying money for or to the use of the Crown by pretence of prerogative, without grant of Parliament, for longer time, or in other manner than the same is or shall be granted, is illegal;
    That it is the right of the subjects to petition the king, and all commitments and prosecutions for such petitioning are illegal;
    That the raising or keeping a standing army within the kingdom in time of peace, unless it be with consent of Parliament, is against law;
    That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law;
    That election of members of Parliament ought to be free;
    That the freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament;
    That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted;
    That jurors ought to be duly impanelled and returned, and jurors which pass upon men in trials for high treason ought to be freeholders;
    That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void;
    And that for redress of all grievances, and for the amending, strengthening and preserving of the laws, Parliaments ought to be held frequently.

    And they do claim, demand and insist upon all and singular the premises as their undoubted rights and liberties, and that no declarations, judgments, doings or proceedings to the prejudice of the people in any of the said premises ought in any wise to be drawn hereafter into consequence or example; to which demand of their rights they are particularly encouraged by the declaration of his Highness the prince of Orange as being the only means for obtaining a full redress and remedy therein.

    Having therefore an entire confidence that his said Highness the prince of Orange will perfect the deliverance so far advanced by him, and will still preserve them from the violation of their rights which they have here asserted, and from all other attempts upon their religion, rights and liberties, the said Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons assembled at Westminster do resolve that William and Mary, prince and princess of Orange, be and be declared king and queen of England, France and Ireland and the dominions thereunto belonging, to hold the crown and royal dignity of the said kingdoms and dominions to them, the said prince and princess, during their lives and the life of the survivor to them, and that the sole and full exercise of the regal power be only in and executed by the said prince of Orange in the names of the said prince and princess during their joint lives, and after their deceases the said crown and royal dignity of the same kingdoms and dominions to be to the heirs of the body of the said princess, and for default of such issue to the Princess Anne of Denmark and the heirs of her body, and for default of such issue to the heirs of the body of the said prince of Orange. And the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons do pray the said prince and princess to accept the same accordingly.

    And that the oaths hereafter mentioned be taken by all persons of whom the oaths have allegiance and supremacy might be required by law, instead of them; and that the said oaths of allegiance and supremacy be abrogated.

    “I, A.B., do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to their Majesties King William and Queen Mary. So help me God.”

    “I, A.B., do swear that I do from my heart abhor, detest and abjure as impious and heretical this damnable doctrine and position, that princes excommunicated or deprived by the Pope or any authority of the see of Rome may be deposed or murdered by their subjects or any other whatsoever. And I do declare that no foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate hath or ought to have any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminence or authority, ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm. So help me God.”

    It is ordered by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons now assembled at Westminster that this Declaration be ingrossed in Parliament and inrolled among the rolls of Parliament and Recorded in Chancery.

    Day 15 February 1688.

    His majesties Gracious answer to the Declaration of both houses.
    My Lords and Gentlemen

    This is certainly the greatest proof of the trust that you have in us that can be given which is the thing that maketh us value it the more and we thankfully accept what you have offered. And as I had no other intention of coming hither than to preserve your Religion, Laws and Liberties so you may be sure that I shall endeavour to support them and shall be willing to concur in anything that shall be for the good of the Kingdom and to do all that is in my power to advance the welfare and glory of the nation.

    Ordered by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal assembled at Westminster That his Majesties Gracious answer to the Declaration of both houses and the Declaration be forth with printed and published and that his Majesties Gracious Answer this day be added to the engrossed Declaration in Parliament to be Enrolled in Parliament and Chancery.

    Not many people are aware that it even exists!… but it is still law today.

    epsom

    December 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

  22. Martin Sullivan :
    Since I first made the ‘Utah’ suggestion, I though I’d better follow it up with some technical information.

    The jobsearch.direct.gov.uk (and other associated Universal Jobmatch) addresses all resolve to 91.239.210.0/23, a sizable chunk of IP address space owned by Monster Worldwide Limited and assigned by RIPE Réseaux IP Européens here in our fine old continent. Incidentally the Class A, 91.0.0.0/8 was never assigned, and seems to have been used ‘classless’; the Department of Work and Pensions has a Class A, all of it, at 51.0.0.0/8. Monster themselves make extensive use of Akamai as proxies, but they themselves appear to use 208.71.192.0/21, which is a North American (ARIN) managed block, as well as a Verizon managed 63.121.28.0/21, also in North America. Monster Worldwide seem to be quite distributed, with offices in a number of places in Texas, Massachusetts, and New York.
    Anyway, this is where you go, initially when you connect to ‘jobsearch.direct.gov.uk’. What happens when you arrive there is a whole bunch of redirection. As you’re no doubt aware, gentle reader, who’s that computer literate, having a web-address in one particular place is no guarantee that the database will be there too. In fact Monster boast a number of Data Centres, and they’re all in Massachusetts:
    http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/11-15-11_Manzo_and_Conway_FedWkfc_Testimony.pdf
    I’d gotten the Utah link from a encryption certificate that maybe from a third party. If they are using a Data Centre in Utah, then it’s more likely to be something like this: http://www.viawest.com/data-center-communities/salt-lake-city-ut rather than the NSA one.
    It’s also likely that things are in a state of flux too. There were hosting changes recorded by Netcraft on 2012-11-20, shortly after launch, and after I extensively researched the site for scraping.
    Monster have extensive government business, in the States, so much so that they’ve a special web-address for this: http://monstergovernmentsolutions.com (which resolves to the Verizon managed subnet). They’re quite open about this stuff too, unlike the DWP: “Monster publishes the specification for system interaction and data sharing requirements publicly at http://schemas.monster.com. The requirements include XML schemas, XML examples, documentation, sample code, release notes, calendar, and other resources to integrate successfully with Monster. Requirements are extended and communicated to all integrated partners as new features are added to
    Monster.”
    The chief similar-to-Jobsearch site over there is http://usajobs.gov, which is entirely US Government jobs, and is run by Monster using their regular search engine rather than the Trovix one, which seems to the lot of jobsearch.direct.gov.uk. Trovix were a rival and recent acquisition by Monster.
    Although my recent searches have drawn a blank, and I can’t confirm a Utah smoking gun, it’s more than likely, given the slowness of some of the HTTP request/response pairs that the data is being kept at some considerable distance from the UK. Traceroute seems to be blocked, and we’ve a suggestion of Massachusetts.
    A Freedom of Information Request may get you some traction, but I doubt it.

    I have some information about the Utah Data centre…. and if the information we provide on the Universal Jobmatch site is sent there……well.

    The new Utah Data Centre, owned, run and controlled by the NSA (National Security Agency) is going to become operational in September this year.
    It is a one million square ft complex above ground—with many levels (nobody knows how many) underground.
    It is going to be the largest eyes, ears and spy installation in the world.

    They have the technology to “see” up to 3 levels underground—and in any house or building.
    When I say “see”, I mean to literally “see” what you are doing in real time. This is done by using very advanced technology and spy satellites.
    They can also hear you in real time should they so wish.
    They will monitor your phone calls, emails and texts.
    …..and they will be able to “record” any conversation, email–anything.

    They have a series of words, phrases etc etc–which will automatically raise an alarm.

    This is all done digitally.

    This is not 1984—-it is FAR worse.

    epsom

    May 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

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