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Universal Jobmatch – Tender Scam

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So whilst just as much of the public is up-in-arms about the Fake Jobs Scam as there are fake jobs (around 95%) its is nothing compared to the financial scandal surrounding the tendering process. The value far exceeds £1m so its classified as serious fraud. Hat tip to refuted for pointing out about the £950,000 Universal Jobmatch payoff.

A tweet by Simon Jones provides a link to a Freedom of Information request detailing about two tenders for the Universal Jobmatch system – we reveal below further details including how Monster appeared to be third in the initial results of the first tender but managed to win the second tender – you can view the full FOI here (pdf).

Full Credit to Andy Hyams on WhatDoTheyKnow for making the FoI request!

First Tender

Evaluation Scores

Methods Consulting Limited
 (Joint bid with Jobsite UK (Worldwide) Limited)
83 / 100
Steria Limited 81 / 100
Monster Worldwide Limited 66 / 100
Hewlett Packard 61 / 100

Contract Amount

Steria Limited £14,998,351.64
Methods Consulting Limited
(Joint bid with Jobsite UK(Worldwide) Limited)
Hewlett Packard £20,785,556.41
Monster Worldwide Limited £30,692,936.09

Methods Consulting Ltd’s joint bid with Jobsite UK clearly scored the best and provides the second best value (assuming Steria Limited’s costing were too cheap and unrealistic…) so they surely are the winners?

HP did really badly at the scores and were relatively expensive.

Monster Worldwide thought they could stick in a HUGE bid and milk the Government. Pre-recession they all would have  likely bid so high but emphasis is now on value for money more than ever.

Note: colour system is my addition.

Second Tender

So when it came back up for tender a few months later guess who managed to not only improve their score but to meet the score with a big margin of excellent?  94 is pretty much perfect as far as tendering goes. HP appears not to have got involved in the second tender.

Monster Worldwide Limited 94 / 100
Methods Consulting Limited
(Joint bid with Jobsite UK
(Worldwide) Limited)
88 / 100
Steria Limited 78 / 100

How for the contractual amount…  

Steria Limited £14.45m
Monster Worldwide Limited £15.11m
Methods Consulting Limited
(Joint bid with Jobsite UK
(Worldwide) Limited)

So Steria Limited made some cost savings to make them more competitive, they were the cheapest (again!) and this time their score was worse… perhaps the cost cutting damaged their point scoring ability or perhaps the scoring was fixed to prevent the DWP choosing  Steria Limited instead of Monster Worldwide, who had little higher price? We will let you make your own minds up.

Methods Consulting Limited (along with Jobsite – joint bid) raised their price slightly… this seems spot on with the increase in costings due to the delay from the former tender being voided.

Monster Worldwide Limited managed to jump from a poor score of 66 to an exceptional 94… and their price more than halved!!!

Guess who won? Well you know… Monster Worldwide.

Tender Fraud

This is serious multi-million fraud of the taxpayer, not limited to the winning company but from insiders at the Government who clearly made sure Monster Worldwide won the tender process the second time around. Furthermore, the company that should have won fair and square had the previous awarding stripped from them and paid £950,000 in compensation.  The DWP will not reveal why they put the contract back out to tender. We know its not fraud as 1) they wouldn’t be allowed to enter the second tender and 2) they wouldn’t be paid any compensation.

Insider fraud? We at Ipswich Unemployed Action thinks so. We can argue that from previous experience or luck, that they managed to improve their scores… they (Monster) were clearly not sure what range the bids came in for… £30.6m was far out of the running (so was their score too) so someone must have (whether actively helped to defraud the taxpayer or careless unprofessionally disclosed the values of the other bidders…) helped Monster secure the contract when in reality they had no chance in hell of doing so.

What we would like to know whether anyone connected with Monster Worldwide sent a bribe to the Government or the political party in charge (any bribes to Government employees or ministers, or political donations) or whether anyone connected to Monster Worldwide is part of any Tory (but not limited to) gentlemen’ s club, being a friend of a minister or the Prime Minister.

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  1. Now this is a great story as I always wondered how monster got the contract. I don’t doubt they lobbied the crap out of government.

    Perhaps dear site owner you might want to do a piece on the new universal credit system that IBM are installing as I suspect the general public are unaware that its going to be cloud technology and as us nerds know their far far less secure than the old legacy predecessors.

    And if you don’t believe me just ask Google about gmail or sony about playstation or even adobe about Creative Cloud to name but a few of the many victims.

    Its become such a joke amongst the hacking community that theirs actually hacking conventions where one of the competitions is doing just that.

    You’ve just got to love the power of a good mind.



    February 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

  2. Reblogged this on Universal Jobmatch.

    Universal Jobmatch

    February 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm

  3. I can can see this Unusable JobMatch site is quite complex, having to except a very large number of users, etc. I’m no expurt, but at £17 million plus £6 million per year, to me it looks overpriced by a factor of 4 or 5!

    Another Fine Mess

    February 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  4. There is an odd message UJM, from someone claiming to be Channel Four, on the recent posts.

    I have forwarded it to you.

    Andrew Coates

    February 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    • Hello 🙂 *waves*

      Krishnan Guru-Murthy

      February 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    • What was the email address? contact@dwp.gov? lol


      February 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    • The name checks out… Channel 4 and The Guardian, but the message doesn’t appear that professional and the domain name whois shows privacy enabled. Probably best not to worry about replying to it.

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      • Agreed.

        Andrew Coates

        February 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

  5. Will put next post tomorrow.

    Andrew Coates

    February 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

  6. A page for all ATOS Demonstrations, taking place all over the UK, on 19th February 2014.


    Ipswich, Silent Street, St Felix House, Ipswich Assessment Centre,

    Wednesday, 19 February 2014

    08:00 in UTC


    Many people are coming at 11,00 am – though there will be protests all day.

    Andrew Coates

    February 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    • See you all there… 🙂

      Molatov Cocktail

      February 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    • I will try and clear my diary.. about time mass action was taken over ATOS and unjust welfare cuts for the disabled. The number of deaths is unprecedented yet it doesn’t get reported. I have nothing but the utmost respect for everyone involved in peaceful demonstration and direct action and I would like to extend my solidarity with them.

      notice the coordination twitter account comes up with this message…

      Account suspended

      The profile you are trying to view has been suspended.

      An idea would be to blockade a relatively busy road in the town… I don’t think the average member of the public even knows about it in the slightest and would be a good wake up call.

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

  7. How are the scores calculated? That will be the key to uncovering the fraud.


    February 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

  8. You want to forward this information to the select committees and the Labour party, also the cheif constable at New Scotland Yard in London.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm

  9. Good on Susie Boniface for pointing out on BBC News that the unemployment figures “do not count people who have been sanctioned from their jobseekers allowance i.e. they are not being paid”. It was like a great big right-hook to that fucking bullcrap BbullshitBC ‘presenter’ as he squirmed in this hard-working licence-payer funder crocodile skin chair as quickly changing subject. What a c!”£!

    The Jones

    February 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm

  10. Frank Field: Local residents have been robbed by fraudulent companies

    JOBCENTRE Plus is putting fraud at the heart of the Government’s welfare reform programme.

    It’s happening in Birkenhead. Local residents inform me that they have been victims of a company that was able to advertise a number of “fake” jobs on the Government’s Universal Jobmatch service.


    Another Fine Mess

    February 12, 2014 at 11:28 pm

  11. Jobshitter Plus (Department of Whorehouses and Poledancers)
    [the only jobs they’ve got] is advertising jobs that ask you to pay a random, loads of money to do the job. Department of..:
    Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
    Creative Statement Modification (Lies)
    Ask No Questions
    ‘It just fell off the back of a lorry’
    Ballpark Smegma Figures
    Doodles in the Margins
    Blue Sky Thinking
    Head In The Clouds
    Off With Their Heads
    ‘What if we came round to your house and accidentally broke your legs?’
    Dead Peasants Insurance
    Stalag Luft 3
    Emma Harrison’s Knicker-Sniffers
    Oswiecim Leisure Park Inc.
    Can’t Add For Toffee
    Shit for Brains
    Can’t Count Our Fingers
    Zyklon B Chamber of Economics

    something survived...

    February 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  12. In the words of ‘call me one of you’ Dave When the Effluent hits the Affluent money is no object after all we are a rich nation.


    February 14, 2014 at 4:38 am

  13. Hi guys. I made the original FOI request that uncovered much of this, and wanted to let you know that hopefully the truth behind this will be coming out soon. I have been trying to get DWP to release the letter of complaint from Methods Consulting to DWP and perhaps the full court proceedings, but DWP has been resisting so far. However, the Information Commissioner is about to issue a Decision Notice which I hope will force them to release it. Watch this space.

    Andy Hyams

    February 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm

  14. Universal Jobmatch – Tender Scam | Ipswich Unemployed Action.

    So whilst just as much of the public is up-in-arms about the Fake Jobs Scam as there are fake jobs (around 95%) its is nothing compared to the financial scandal surrounding the tendering process. The …

    Tyranny Watch UK

    March 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

  15. […] pounds of taxpayers money into ‘developing’ Universal Jobmatch by tendering it out to Monster who modified their pretty-poor job board (no, not the one they use for monster.co.uk, one even worse than that!) into […]

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