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Universal Jobmatch and Fake Jobs on Channel Four News.

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Channel Four News yesterday carried this report,

Why is government website carrying fake jobs?

The government’s Jobmatch website is carrying bogus vacancies from nine online recruitment agencies run by a Baptist deacon in Coventry, who makes money by encouraging visitors to post their CVs.

More than 11,000 positions currently advertised on the government’s Universal Jobmatch website may be bogus, an investigation by Channel 4 News has found.

The jobs, which range from sous chefs to dry cleaners, account for almost one in 50 of all those posted in Britain on the site and, in some areas, a third of all the jobs available on Jobmatch, may be fake.

Since March 2013 it has been mandatory for all jobseeker’s allowance claimants to register and use the Jobmatch website.

Those who fail to do so can have their benefits cut entirely. But if some of the jobs on the site are not genuine, the claimants who have applied for them may have been wasting their time.

The Channel 4 News investigation found that nine apparently unconnected recruitment websites, advertising thousands of positions across the UK, are all controlled by one man in Coventry – Mark Coward, a businessman and Baptist deacon who has posted thousands of jobs.

Coward’s company

In recent months, Coward has received thousands of pounds for marketing job products at applicants. Jobseekers who answered any one of thousands of ads posted by Coward were encouraged to visit a legitimate recruitment business, CV-Library, using links that showed Coward had recommended them.

He then received £1 for every CV successfully submitted to CV library. Coward later told Channel 4 News that most of the original applications submitted to him for the jobs he posted were then simply deleted.

Last year Channel 4 News was contacted by Richard Evens, an out-of-work librarian who had concerns.

At first, Mr Evens was delighted when a raft of library jobs suddenly appeared on the Universal Jobmatch website. Each position was offered in a different area of the country but the job descriptions were identical.

Three companies posted the ads: Thomas Reilly Associates, MF Training and Recruitment Solutions and Que Consultants.

All are controlled by Coward, and his business network has many other identities. Jobs Junction, Career Nationwide, Recruitment 4 Office, Retail Jobs 4U, Career In Caring, and Find My New Job are all controlled by him.

Some of the websites associated with these businesses were registered anonymously but linked back to rental properties owned by Coward in Coventry.

It was under the names of Thomas Reilly Associates Ltd, a dormant recruitment company based at a PO box in London, and Que Consultants, a dissolved recruiter which employed Coward’s wife Dionne, that most ads were posted however.

‘Offshore outsource company’

Channel 4 News sought to establish the credibility of some of the adverts listed on the Universal Jobmatch by these firms. It was unable to find a dry cleaning job posted in Greenhithe, Kent, or sous chef position posted in Lairg in the Scottish Highlands.

One in three jobs located in Lairg and available on the Jobmatch website had been posted by Coward.

The search continued but, having failed to find any employers matching the job descriptions posted by the Cowards, we contacted them.

They said that they were unable to verify if the jobs were genuine because all the adverts they uploaded on the Universal Jobmatch website had been harvested by an “offshore outsource company”, run by a man called Vikram Mishra in New Delhi.

Channel 4 News was unable to contact Mr Mishra at the address they gave in Delhi, and no trace of the company they claim to work with has been found. The Cowards “categorically reject any accusation that they willingly posted adverts for jobs that weren’t authentic”.

This afternoon, CV Library, the firm that paid the Cowards, told us that they have terminated the relationship.

Concerns about the quality of employer vetting on the Universal Jobmatch first emerged in 2012 when hackers posted a job advert for a “Target Elimination Specialist working for the British government” – “particularly suitable”, so the ad said, “for those who like their martinis shaken and not stirred”.

In response, the Department for Work and Pensions said they would vet employers to ensure that the jobs posted on the site are genuine.

Our investigation places question marks on thousands of them. Tonight the DWP told us: “The vast majority of those employers offer genuine roles for jobseekers to apply for – however we won’t hesitate to ban the small minority who try to break the rules and post fraudulent jobs. When possible, it can – and has – led to criminal prosecutions.

“This individual has been suspended from the site and the vacancies removed. We take any allegations of this nature very seriously and will investigate any further evidence Channel 4 provides.”

Ipswich Unemployed Action carried a report Universal Jobmatch for Jobseekers Part 2 which outlined  concerns about Universal Jobmatch in December 2012.

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 shockingClearly nothing has been done about them.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

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  1. I have been sent this same vacancy by email for months now. It was generated by UJM and directs to CV library. The screening process for jobs on UJM obviously doesn’t work as the same job keeps appearing each time UJM post their email. (I was assured that all jobs are vetted when informed my advisor).

    Seems that half if not most of these UJM ads under the name of CV Library and Job Warehouse only are intentionally posted for cv fishing purposes.

    Transport Administrator / Planner

    Meets NMW
    04/02/2013 (16:30)
    Company Confidential
    Transport Administrator / Planner

    The successful applicant will work within the Transport Team with specific responsibility for Transport Administration.

    The Transport Administrator must provide a highly committed service, which will include direct liaison with drivers and customers.

    Responsibility for administrative activities in connection with:
    Briefing Drivers
    Checking Tackograph records to ensure adherence with company policy
    Co-ordination of despatch/freight carriers
    Data Input
    Issuing Paperwork
    Answering telephone calls
    Dealing with customer requests and queries
    Allocating routes

    Please Note:
    Job specific training will be given however basic levels of education, relevant skills and experience will be considered when evaluating applications.
    The applicant should be able to demonstrate a level of skill or aptitude in the following areas:
    Effective communication skills
    Good Geographical Knowledge
    IT skills
    Organisational ability

    Job Type
    Start Date
    Contract Length
    Meets NMW


    February 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    • I think we’ve all had similar experiences. I’ve seen the same vacancies on UJM that have been their for months. But to be fair, I think it’s down to whoever posted the vacancy on there in the first place to take it down; very often they don’t. All of which plays into IDS’s hands because he can say there’s loads of jobs, i.e. 500,000 when there is probably only half that. It stinks!

      jj joop

      February 8, 2014 at 11:20 am

    • Seems like he could be going to prison… don’t drop the soap…

      [quote]It was under the names of Thomas Reilly Associates Ltd, a dormant recruitment company based at a PO box in London, and Que Consultants, a dissolved recruiter which employed Coward’s wife Dionne, that most ads were posted however.[/quote]

      A dormant and dissolved business – to which did he receive the money from CV library?

      Has he been declaring the income with HMRC?

      Looks like CV Library could in effect be money laundering if paying out personally to Mr Coward instead of the company…

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      111 Wilsons Lane, Coventry, United Kingdom, CV6 6AB


      Short name Mark Coward
      Date of Birth: 28/10/1968


      MDC ACQUISITIONS LTD Company is dissolved Director 17/06/2008 – 10/2011

      (MDC being Mark David Coward)

      Dissolved the company with outstanding mortgages.

      Legal Charge 01/05/2009 19/05/2009 Outstanding Cavendish Europe Limited
      Legal Charge 25/05/2010 11/06/2010 Outstanding Silas Johnathan Lees


      QUE CONSULTANTS LTD Company is dissolved Director 07/06/2010 – 01/2013


      17/05/2012 NORTHAMPTON CCBC £897 Judgement 2QG61351

      (Seems like he dissolved the company to avoid paying a £897 CCJ)


      C S PLATINUM SEARCH LTD Company is dissolved Director 22/02/2012 – 10/2013


      THOMAS REILLY ASSOCIATES LTD Non trading Director 17/04/2013 –


      if you ever wanted to spoof a few CVs… haha…

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      • Mark Coward – at least they can’t charge him under the Trades Descriptions Act.
        Scum. Can he be defrocked? Preferably in public?
        He lied because earlier in the article he had cheerfully admitted to deleting most of people’s applications.

        Mark Coward (b. 1968 d. hopefully 2014)
        Job description: Scammer, spammer and fraudster with a PhD in fucking up people’s lives. (ongoing)

        something survived...

        February 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    • If their was ever a time to replace your CV on UJM with a privacy, security and trust notice, as I prescribed in a previous posts, then NOWS IT.


      February 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

      • Can I borrow a fag, Gaia, if you would be so much obliged Thanking you kindly, guv

        Charles Bronson - Britain's Most Violent Prisoner

        February 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm


    The Standards of Behaviour have been updated. Please confirm that you have read the Standards of Behaviour by selecting the box below.

    1. This page (taken with the documents and pages it refers to) explains DWP’s expectations from those using the Universal Jobmatch website to look for job vacancies.

    1.1 In this document, “Our”, “Us” or “We” means DWP.

    1.2 This page was last updated on 01 March 2013.

    2. Using the Universal Jobmatch website

    2.1 We maintain the Universal Jobmatch website for your personal use.

    2.2 We aim to update our site regularly, and may change the content at any time.

    2.3 You should only use this site for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this site by any third party.

    2.4 You should not post or include any harmful or illegal material when using this site.

    If you misuse this site we may:
    – remove your Universal Jobmatch account from this site
    – take other action to prevent misuse.

    2.5 You should also not copy or re-sell any part of our site.

    3. Online government services or transactions

    3.1 When using the Universal Jobmatch website, you may access an online government service or transaction that is delivered by another government department or agency. Each of these services will have its own terms and conditions or end user licences that apply only to that service. Users of any service should make sure they have read the relevant terms and conditions before completing that transaction.

    4. Links from the Universal Jobmatch website to other sites

    4.1 Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

    5. Disclaimer

    5.1 While we make every effort to keep the Universal Jobmatch website up to date, we don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on the site.

    5.2 We don’t accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the website, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise. This includes loss of:
    – income or revenue
    – business
    – profits or contracts
    – anticipated savings
    – data
    – goodwill
    – tangible property
    or wasted management or office time in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. This condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property or any other claims for direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories set out above.

    5.3 This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

    6. Governing law

    6.1 Any disputes relating to or arising from the Universal Jobmatch website shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    7. Information about you and your visits to the Universal Jobmatch website

    7.1 You are responsible for the accuracy of your CV, cover letter or any other information that you place on this site.

    7.2 You should not be asked to reveal personal details such as bank account details, National Insurance number, date of birth, driving licence or utility bill information as these items are not relevant to an application process.

    7.3 We process information about you in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

    8. Virus protection

    8.1 We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production, however you must take your own precautions to ensure that the process which you employ for accessing this website does not expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system.

    8.2 We can’t accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

    9. Viruses, hacking and other offences

    9.1 Our site must not be misused by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. Attempts should not be made to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. Our site must not be attacked via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.

    9.2 By acting contrary to the above, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.

    10. Revisions to this Guidance

    10.1 We may at any time revise this guidance without notice. Please check this guidance regularly.

    Please select the checkbox below
    * I have read the Universal Jobmatch Standards of Behaviour

    jj joop

    February 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

  3. I’m guessing it’s partly to do with the new Universal Automation software.

    jj joop

    February 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

    • Universal Wankatron.
      Dead (I wish) UJM,
      You have sent me several tens of thousands of spams and a fair few viruses since 2011.
      Sending people’s CVs without their consent to random strangers, is a risk to their safety. You have breached every term in your own ‘agreement’, to which we the recipients never ‘agreed’, thus rendering it null and void.

      You are to be reincarnated as a dog turd.

      something survived...

      February 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  4. Many have fallen foul of Thomas Reilly associates and “que consultants”,perhaps its not a surprise the focus at jobcentre plus is now on sanctions rather then employment.

    A new jobsearch form has come to light at the jobcentre,it contains two pages double sided and relates to conditionality,it requires the user to fill in time spent on sites. in conversation the job centre cannot specify how jobsearch is given and this form appears a trap to those not under a sanction so to raise the chance of such event.indeed it was initially pointed out they have trouble with some but not others. it is possible to refuse this form and should be the case. they will stop at nothing to strip people of their money if they can get away with it by attempting to gain someones’ confidence.

    There is no confidence in universal jobmatch,how can anyone sit there and say so many job vacancies exist and there are not is a disgrace,if anyone has been sanctioned for not applying for one of these “vacancies” they are being robbed of their benefit.


    February 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

    • It’s to trip you up, ken, and strip you of your benefits pure and simple. They already do this with jobseekers – tell them to itemise the exact time spent on each site. Has the jobcentre never heard of ‘tabbed browsing’? Next thing will be recording every exact url until you have to chop down the Amazon rainforest just to sign on.

      It's a TRAP!!

      February 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

    • Even if you refuse the form and say you will present your evidence in which way you see fit the jobcentre will still specify that you itemise the time spent on individual sites. We know, the jobcentre know, we all know that it is IMPOSSIBLE to spend 40 hours a week looking for work. The more granular and more detailed you make it – and this is what the jobcentre is doing – the more difficult you make it to justify the time spent. The jobcentre is DETERMINED to strip ALL jobseekers of their benefits sooner or later!

      It's a TRAP!!

      February 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    • And not filling in your job search diary/presenting your evidence correctly fall into not Actively Seeking Employment which is 4 weeks sanction for a first ‘offence’ and 13 weeks sanction for a second ‘offence’. Not Actively Seeking Employment is the means that most jobseekers are being sanctioned at present – i.e the jobcentre says your ‘evidence’ is not good enough.

      It's a TRAP!!

      February 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

      • My gripes with UJM include that it’s hard to find any job to apply for that doesn’t involve another uploading of your CV.

        Andrew Coates

        February 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      • There is only one way that the government will ever be able to keep tabs on the unemployed and that’s by cramming us into a room between 9 and 5 every day and have somebody watching over us like children. But 2 million of us??

        I personally think that UJM has been specifically engineered with the purpose of being dud from the offset. Half the stuff I’ve applied for hasn’t even registered in my activity history leading to sanctions as it’s the advisors word against the jobseeker especially when they have told you to apply for a specific vacancy. I refuse to use UJM now – they want a log, they can have it on old fashioned paper.

        If these employment agencies had been nipped in the bud in the late 90s and 00s we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in today with 500k+ jobs listed and most of them duplicated.


        February 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      • Although I agree with you its a trap, lets put some context to this as I personally have been posting this site for ages giving correct advice on how to proceed as regards UJM.

        First of all how a claimant presents their evidence is entirely up to them and UJM does not change this (UJM toolkit chapter 3 under title ACTIVELY SEEKING WORK point 82).

        Secondly its NOT currently mandatory for all claimants to register with UJM (im living proof of that and will stand in any court you choose). Claimants NOT ON UC (ie still on jobseeker agreement) inorder to NOT receive a JOBSEEKERS DIRECTION must be able to demonstrate that they are using the site efficiently (again in the for mentioned toolkit).

        Even under a JOBSEEKERS DIRECTION, DWP must observe a data subjects right under DPA to reserve the right to withhold any and or all personal and or sensitive data as they the data subject (THATS YOU) see’s fit in respect to second and especially third parties. This means as its a civil service obligation to up hold and enforce the law that DWP must without threat of mandate and or sanction except this and so except profiles and CVs to be set as the data subject requires them to be.

        Thirdly in accordance to HRA article 8 and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (UK Regulations) regulation 6

        6. – (1) Subject to paragraph (4), a person shall not store or gain information, or to gain access to information stored, in the terminal equipment of a subscriber or user unless the requirements of paragraph (2) are met.

        (2) The requirements are that the subscriber or user of that terminal equipment –

        (a) is provided with clear and comprehensive information about the purposes of the storage of, or access to, that information; and

        (b) has given his or her consent.

        This MEANS irrespective of whoever owns the hardware and or the internet connection THAT LEGAL CONSENT MUST FIRST BE SORT FROM THE SUBCRIBER OR USER PRIOR TO ANY AND ALL TRACKING (COOKIES).

        Again using the civil service obligation to up hold and enforce the law that DWP CANNOT through threat of mandate and or sanction order a claimant to except such.



        February 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      • It is all fine and dandy standing up for your “rights” at the jobcentre gaia, but I am sure you going to agree that the jobcentre are vindictive bastards and that they DO target jobseekers that “stand up for their rights”. The jobcentre is EVIL beyond belief!

        Robina Hood

        February 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      • Robina hood, if i had a penny for every time someone said that I wouldn’t need to sign on in the first place.

        Their vindictive to every claimant be they asserting their rights or not.

        Im not witnessing those that legally fight their ground getting slammed week after week after week, I think that says it all don’t you ?


        February 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

  5. When you tell the JCP advisers that Universal Jobwank is no good (listing the reasons why) It’s like they just stick their heads in the sand so they can’t hear you.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    • They employ ignorant people who are barely bright enough to be trained to read from a script. Ask a question that they can’t answer and they go off like a dalek with personality disorder. “Sanction, sanction sanction… Exterminate”

      Either that or they’ll tell you what you want to hear then you get a sanction in the post a week later. Then they deny all knowledge and say that you’ve misunderstood.


      February 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      • Also UJM is primitive even by then standards of 15 years ago. You search by keywords so putting in something like customer care will throw up care homes and mobile care assistants. Even if your search term is specific say telecommunication engineer (as in my case) you’ll get aircraft engineer, engineering lecturer and mechanical engineer roles.


        February 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      • My friend searched under ‘teacher’. She got sent one for a (non-teaching) surgeon at a hospital in our local neighbourhood of,…..
        A nice short little commute!

        UJM can’t read a map. What’s next, local jobs at Alpha Centauri? (intergalactic bypass construction administrators)

        Nice to know UJM thinks being a teacher of disabled kids is
        a transferrable skill to operating on brains in the middle east.

        something survived...

        February 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

  6. Also a warning for the next time you sign on, the Jobcentres now have people who will tell you they are advisers BUT they are just lackey’s put there to sign you on .

    Alway’s ask if they are an actual adviser or not and then check with a floor manager, because these lackey’s are making out they are.

    A lackey can’t advise you on any official JCP business, this MUST be done by an actual adviser – such as making out a new Jobseekers Agreement.

    Accept no subsitutes!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  7. DWP can only through mandate, you to check your account daily, they CANNOT mandate you apply through it or even to apply for work on it but so as to not cause discord you should as a matter of practice check the jobs in the suggest vacancy section (treat as though an advisor gave it to you) which if you ever at all ever followed my previous posts would have never generated any.

    ALWAYS hand your evidence in on writing paper, DO NOT USE THEIR FORM EVER AS IT GRANTS THEM CERTAIN RIGHTS.

    If under JD, when presenting proof via printout of registration ALWAYS COVER up anything that identifies that account to you so as to make it NOT traceable. Again in full accordance with DPA (check out legal definition of PERSONAL DATA) you are legally and reasonably entitled to withhold it so again make sure to announce this along with “if you intend to sanction me as evidence to the decision maker I will reveal the said account BUT upon doing so will close it down IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS and open up a new one which again your fully entitled to do and theirs nothing they can do about it.



    February 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    • Excellent Gaia – I’m gonna post this up on Johnny Voids website:

      Again in full accordance with DPA (check out legal definition of PERSONAL DATA) you are legally and reasonably entitled to withhold it so again make sure to announce this along with “if you intend to sanction me as evidence to the decision maker I will reveal the said account BUT upon doing so will close it down IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS and open up a new one which again your fully entitled to do and theirs nothing they can do about it.

      You’re one Foxy lady Gaia!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      February 8, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      • Fine Obi but do explain DPA and what is implied by my paragraph otherwise its all lost in translation as so to speak.


        February 9, 2014 at 9:52 am

  8. Well here’s a new one: – Universal Jobmatch – upon trying to log in, you are now made to read a new Standards of Behaviour declaration and tick the box that states you have read it before you are allowed to continue onto the site.

    This has to be illegal if you have already registered and had access before this new directive had been issued.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    • presumably no blind person can read this so they must say no?

      something survived...

      February 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    • As you can see you cant ignore this type of notice and WHY , because they need your legal consent. Theirs nothing stopping you using this notice as reason to NOT using UJM if you disagree with it or part of it until DWP seek to address the issues you raise.

      Point 2.3 is a no no for a start as that relates to those that advertise and reply to said advertisement. Its vague to say the least and could easily be twisted to bring about a sanction (pay note to the phrase ” restrict or inhibit “).

      Claimants need to realise that even though DWP (if they can find grounds to) can use a jobseekers direction that like your right to withhold personal and or sensitive data as the data subject, you also have a right to disagree with any conditions being implied. You then as is your right need if DWP are willing to sit down and negotiate these terms you disagree with.
      If DWP refuse then its known as an impass so ineffect DWP create a rod for themselves so believe me they will sit down with the claimant otherwise they have just gifted them grounds not to use UJM.

      PLEASE NOTE: This is providing the claimant knows what their talking about as its no good for instance showing them my posts, the claimant needs to understand the law/s themselves.


      February 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

      • Points 4.1 to 5.2 actually gift the claimant as it justifies a claimants rights to protect themselves under HRA and DPA


        February 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

      • lol gaia, I don’t know what you are talking about…. but I was just about to print off yoru comment, and slap in down HARD on the jcp nazi ‘adviser”s desk… thinking: “that will teach ’em” lol 🙂 On second thoughts….. 🙂

        JCP Sufferer

        February 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      • Theirs men and theirs mice in this world JCP sufferer, and civilisations were built by men

        So which are you?


        February 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

  9. In Law, if you registered with UJ before these new directives came out, you can only be bound by the directives that were in force on your day of registration, regardless of what comes afterwards.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    • Not true Obi if the original agreement the claimant agreed to encompassed their right to change the site or procedures as they see fit in the distant future.

      But like the original agreement they need your consent first, A consent that CANNOT BE GAINED THROUGH THREAT OF MANDATE AND OR SANCTION.


      February 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

  10. A job site that used directgov jobs (before Universal Job Match) “dgJobs” used to use CV Library affiliate link, but they stopped when they realised in return for £1 that CV was sold a million times over – complaints from jobseekers about being called at all sort of times of the day (and night) and from agencies and businesses they have never heard of, and didn’t agree for their information to be used off the CV library website.

    Based on this I think CV library knew about this scam; the affiliate links to actually get a CV uploaded is very little conversion rate (probably 1 in 120 sent through the link). if you have 1.2 million in traffic that is £10,000 for very little work. When you are then saying upload your CV to apply.. the conversion is probably 1 in 5.

    What job site sends 1.2 million hits towards CV Library? Most affiliates probably don’t exceed £1000 pay out… this Coward must have made £60,000 bare minimum from this scam and CV library converts every £1 paid out to around £20 when it sells the database on.

    These are all well known names, the sad thing is, this is a small percentage of total fake jobs.

    Universal Jobmatch

    February 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    • That must be why when you click on a ‘job’ on UJM it re-direct through a series of ‘links’ which all have “click” “track”, “affiliate”, etc.in the url. It is all one big money-making scam (as is the WP, MWA etc). It is sickening that jobseekers have to go along with this crap under pain of 3 year benefit sanctions.

      Rag Doll

      February 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      • Yeah, spot on exactly.

        I will be honest, I have thought about it… could make me around £100k a year… but I can’t bring myself to do that. Jobcentre turns a blind eye to this all as it raises the numbers and more reason to sanction people.

        No one will refuse to apply for a proper job even if its not ideal, jobs are that rare these days.

        Universal Jobmatch

        February 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      • so ethics doesn’t come into it then? conscience? for example a job with arms dealers?

        something survived...

        February 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      • Exactly, despite some people having objections to it, but its a lot of jobs…a lot of financial pressures out there…

        Universal Jobmatch

        February 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm

  11. Door to Door wine sales? 1472 positions available,after entering searches on various positions over 287000 were dubious. I have submitted 874 applications using UJM and received 1 response,the JC is now refusing to accept this as proof of searching for work,I pointed out that this was there site and if it is unacceptable “put it in writing” they declined!


    February 9, 2014 at 5:17 am

    • Like it as I was told jobs outside of 90 min don’t count either yet like you when I pushed them they soon backed off. Their SO DESPERATE THEY WILL TRY AND SPIN ANY OLD PIECE OF CRAP.



      February 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

  12. New Health and Work Service to get long-term sick back to work

    A new body which aims to get the long-term sick back to work more quickly in England, Wales and Scotland is being set up by the government.

    From April, staff absent for over four weeks can be referred for assessments with the Health and Work Service.

    The non-compulsory assessments will include medical advice and retraining.

    Ministers are hoping companies will save £70m a year in reduced sickness pay and related costs.

    Staff who are off work for more than four weeks are considered to be long-term sick and entitled to Statutory Sick Pay of almost £90 per week from their employers.

    That will not change under the new arrangements – but the government wants the privately-run Health and Work Service to help reduce the numbers on long-term sick leave.

    ‘Outdated system’

    The service will be paid for by scrapping a compensation scheme for businesses faced with high levels of sickness absence.

    The Statutory Sick Pay Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) is being abolished from April.

    The DWP says PTS is “an outdated system which does nothing to promote or support active management of sickness absences by either the employer or employee”.

    Any financial loss to business from the ending of the PTS is expected to be offset by a reduction in lost working days, earlier return to work and increased economic output created by the new scheme, the DWP said.

    It hopes the new scheme will particularly benefit Small and Medium Enterprises without access to occupational health services.

    Work and Pensions Minister Mike Penning said sickness absence had a “substantial impact” on workers, employers and taxpayers.

    “As part of the government’s long-term economic plan, we are taking action to get people back into work,” he said.

    “This is a triple-win. It will mean more people with a job, reduced cost for business, and a more financially secure future for Britain.”

    The Trades Union Congress said Britain’s sickness rates were among the lowest in Europe and has halved over the past decade.

    It welcomed the move, saying being in a rewarding job with supportive employer could be good for your health.

    But the TUC said it was concerned the focus of the scheme was not on improving the health of the sick.

    New Health and Work Service to get long-term sick back to work


    February 9, 2014 at 7:20 am

    • You can see working people who have yet to fall foul of the evil DWP/JC actually failing for this crap: “help” 🙂 “opportunity” 🙂 “re-training” 🙂 lol … and the best one of all “voluntary” RFLMAO


      February 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

    • So just who will run this:- No Let Me Guess A.T.O.S {?}


      February 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

    • So still enough time to play the sick card so as to extend the paid holiday leave, so where do I want to sun it for 4 weeks, what do you think DWP, does the Maldives sound good to you, it does to me.


      February 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

      • Jokes aside it seems on one hand a cost cutting attempt despite government denying it while on the other a strong arm tactic to make employers more compliant to government wishes.

        I must say its amazing how a private company is always the best option over a better regulated public service when you factor in the vast differences between profit for share holders and investment into infrastructure.


        February 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

  13. Watch labour on the The Andrew Marr Show about welfare and work.


    February 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

    • She talks as much crap as the Tories and oh what a surprise, yet another 5 year promise, If the Tories couldn’t do it then what makes Labour think they can ?

      Yet again only the under 24s get assistance back to work, perish the thought that Britains public should see the youth of tomorrow living on the streets homeless.

      Their policy is full of holes and yet again despite bold claims means more borrowing which equals even more debt we cant pay back. Without the banks this government has nothing so in what world do labour think they will tell the banks anything ?

      I loved the bit where she states Labour will force house builders to do more, again this government couldn’t do it so how’s labour going to do it as the usual mantra of business is “no profit, no money, no way” and it makes no difference the type of business. I suspect if that’s what they want and British builders aren’t prepared then I see yet another contract being farmed out to foreign businesses.



      February 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

    • Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

      Labour’s Shadow Welfare Secretary Rachel Reeves says her party would keep all the Government’s social security cuts except the Bedroom Tax

      Andrew Coates

      February 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

      • Last year this parasite former “Bank of England Economist”, said,

        Labour will be tougher than the Tories when it comes to slashing the benefits bill, Rachel Reeves, the new shadow work and pensions secretary, has insisted in her first interview since winning promotion in Ed Miliband’s frontbench reshuffle.

        The 34-year-old Reeves, who is seen by many as a possible future party leader, said that under Labour the long-term unemployed would not be able to “linger on benefits” for long periods but would have to take up a guaranteed job offer or lose their state support.

        Adopting a firm party line on welfare, the former Bank of England economist stressed that a key part of her task would be to explode the “myth” that Labour is soft on benefit costs, and to prove instead that it will be both tough and fair.

        “Nobody should be under any illusions that they are going to be able to live a life on benefits under a Labour government,” she said. “If you can work you should be working, and under our compulsory jobs guarantee if you refuse that job you forgo your benefits, and that is really important.”

        She added: “It is not an either/or question. We would be tougher [than the Conservatives]. If they don’t take it [the offer of a job] they will forfeit their benefit. But there will also be the opportunities there under a Labour government.

        “We have got some really great policies – particularly around the jobs guarantee and cancelling the bedroom tax – that show that we are tough and will not allow people to linger on benefits, but also that we are fair. Where there are pernicious policies like the bedroom tax, we will repeal them.”

        Under Labour’s jobs guarantee scheme – arguably its biggest policy announcement so far and one that party strategists are frustrated has not received more attention – under-25s will be offered a job after one year of being unemployed, while over-25s will be offered one after two years out of work.

        The scheme, which will be paid for by reinstating a tax on bankers’ bonuses, would, Reeves said, take 230,000 long-term unemployed people off benefits and be a more effective in returning people to work and cutting benefits than anything the Tories were offering.


        Andrew Coates

        February 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

  14. I regularly apply for vacancies via Thomas Reilly Associates and Que. Looks like I’ve just been wasting my time! I’ll still keep applying though. Because if I don’t, I’ll probably be sanctioned. As far as JCP is concerned, if it’s advertised then it must exist. Simples!

    jj joop

    February 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    • Just make sure you tell them you cant afford a TV jj joop and jobs done.


      February 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

    • I remember the old jobclub motto ”even a non-job is a job”

      channel 4

      February 10, 2014 at 8:44 am

  15. something survived… :
    Mark Coward – at least they can’t charge him under the Trades Descriptions Act.
    Scum. Can he be defrocked? Preferably in public?
    He lied because earlier in the article he had cheerfully admitted to deleting most of people’s applications.
    Mark Coward (b. 1968 d. hopefully 2014)
    Job description: Scammer, spammer and fraudster with a PhD in fucking up people’s lives. (ongoing)

    So you want to defrock him in public, do you? I’ve a better idea. In medieval times, to determine a man’s guilt they would tie him to a rope and chuck him in the nearest river. If he sank he was inocent: if he floated he was guilty. I say just put a brick in each pocket, take him down to the Somerset levels and watch the bastard drown.

    jj joop

    February 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

  16. “By the passage of this rule, Tim Yeo’s company stands to benefit massively in terms of sales. Tim Yeo is a member of the Conservative Party. Boris Johnson (left) the London Mayor is also a member of the Conservative Party. ”



    February 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    • It wouldn’t be the first time valid data got ignored, despite this being old news I don’t suppose you have a link to this data ?


      February 10, 2014 at 6:25 am

  17. “The government is considering saving money by privatising the delivery of the state pension, according to Whitehall documents seen by the Guardian.”


    Oh dear!, seems a lot of DWP people will be put on the dole!.


    February 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm

  18. “Now that the full court press to refute the findings of the CBO report which, as we reported, confirmed what was largely known – that as a result of Obamacare, the strapped US economy will have even fewer workers as millions will fall back on welfare state entitlements which make hard work obsolete – has failed, it is time for the propaganda to take a different track: one where not having a job, and in fact losing it due to Obamacare, is hailed as an act of nobility. Sure enough, here comes one of the administration’s favorites, the Bezos Times, with “They quit their jobs, thanks to health-care law” which does largely as its name suggests: highlights just how “enabling” and “liberating” Obamacare is for one’s life, once a person is no longer burdened by something as trivial as a job.”



    February 10, 2014 at 9:55 am

  19. More on the Government’s new “Health and Work Service” to “help” the long-term sick.

    It really is about allowing a private company to harass the long-term sick:



    February 10, 2014 at 10:11 am

  20. Some interesting questions on the subject of medical confidentiality:

    Do you really want other people poking around in your private medical history simply because you were a witness to a crime, or inadvertently associated with a criminal (bought their second hand car, fixed their computer, taught their kids languages or music, bought an item from them on eBay, chatted with them in a pub, whatever …)?

    Do you want some police person or other employee of the state fishing through your intimate medical history, your mental health notes, your history of pregnancies, STDs, even whether you’ve been raped or had an abortion?

    Do you want people to be able to sift through this stuff without your permission, and without even the permission of a judge or your doctor?

    Do you want the possibility that some unscrupulous ex-copper or civil servant might try to blackmail you because yours happens to be amongst the batch of confidential records that they’ve pillaged?

    Do you want the possibility that bent coppers or dodgy civil servants could sell your (not even slightly anonymised) private medical data to whoever might be prepared to pay for it?

    Full article here:



    February 10, 2014 at 10:46 am

    • There is nothing confidential about medical records…. the police have always had access to medical records, same goes for social workers and other government bodies. The Police have to EVERYTHING. That is why a lot of people don’t got to the doctors especially for ailments such as depression… would you employ someone who had suffered from depression? *sound of CV hitting the round filing cabinet in the corner.

      Incidentally the Police technique adopted in the Western world is the ‘dossier’ technique, they Police have a ‘dossier’ on everyone, it starts with your schooling. It is not just criminal records the Police hold – remember the recent revelation that they keep on record the details of anyone who calls 999! They have to know everything about everything. The Police always ask question but are always “unable to divulge any information”. Just look at he way they react when a disaster or some incident occurs – their ‘spokesperson’ talks a lot but the same nothing.

      The reason they have adopted this ‘technique’ is because they have found that previous ‘techniques’ have proved ineffective. Previously it was popular to hold public executions to instil fear and keep the public meekly toeing the line. But it only works up to a point and the effect quickly wears off – now we have ‘techniques’ like CRB checks etc. to keep the populace under the thumb meekly toeing the line.

      And one final point – the Police do NOT serve the public. They are not for the public’s benefit!

      Police State UK

      February 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      • * The Police have to know EVERYTHING.

        Police State UK

        February 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      • ‘ello, ‘ello’ ‘ello…. what’s going on ‘ere then? 😉

        PC PLod

        February 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  21. […] Part 2 of Universal Jobmatch fake job scams (in response to Channel 4’s fake jobs investigation) is being careful researched, Ipswich Unemployed Action shall reveal how to take action against the […]

  22. Standards of Behaviour rules,

    4. Links from the Universal Jobmatch website to other sites

    4.1 Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

    Monster posts job on universal job match so as you guess it DWP take no responsibility. And BT have there fingers in this corrupt scandal. It shows DWP have covered there tracks and will play the blame game.

    Note People are mandated to use a tool made by DWP or risk sanction, You are directed of a fake site to apply for fake jobs but 4.1 states they take no responsibility Many of these sites are set-up by government for gathering information.

    Matthew Smith

    February 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

  23. Another Fine Mess

    February 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm

  24. Are we all becoming paranoid or is it me ? Sensible answers only to jobsearch.direct.gov.uk


    March 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm

  25. Sanctions apply when the fortnightly meet occurs.www.benefits2work.com and cjss.org want to hear stories about this area.DWP have a responsibility to Jobseekers to provide proper authentication. #jobsearch#UniversalJobMatch


    August 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm

  26. affiliate marketing programs 2014

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    November 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm

  28. More fake jobs?

    List of employers with the most jobs…


    Various names appear multiple times (different ‘co’ variable) including “247 Professional Health”, “Better Healthcare Services” and “QS Recruitment”.

    Would it be correct in assuming they appear multiple times because:
    a) The jobs are posted from more than one account, and
    b) This is probably done to get around spamming checks?

    It also poses the question whether its possible to list a job as another employer if more than one account can have the same employer name. We aren’t talking about Job Warehouse imports here.

    Universal Jobmatch

    January 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm

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