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Is it Compulsory to Register with Universal Jobmatch? What Evidence of Jobsearch do we have to provide?

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Pronounced Uooj.

Many people ask us: is it compulsory to Register with Universal Jobmatch?

What can the DWP force us to provide as a record of our job seeking?

Some answers.

 

 

Hat-Tip: Obi Wan Kenobi

Current UJ Toolkit as of 15/4/14.

92. We cannot specify to a JSA claimant how they provide us with records of
their jobsearch activity and Universal Jobmatch will not change this – it is
not therefore possible to require JSA claimants to give DWP access to
their Universal Jobmatch account.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/201552/response/504427/attach/html/3/1138%20Response.pdf.html

No Change.

Now this is also important (also from Obi)

I’m sure many of us had had new demands placed on us (er….me, to start with).

Here’s something very interesting I’ve just dug up on the What Do They Know website.

From: Operations FOI Requests
Department for Work and Pensions

11 June 2014.

Annex 1 for 2537 WDTK Travis.pdf

The Jobseekers Agreement
Introduction.

3.

Achievable – any agreed actions must be actually achievable.
Activities that are clearly beyond the claimants capabilities or that are
simply unreasonable should not be agreed.

Realistic – job aims and job seeking activity must be realistic, taking
into account the claimants skills, experience, capabilities, etc and the
local labour market. For example, it is pointless agreeing a job goal
where the jobs in question are not available within the areas in which
the claimant is willing to work.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/215684/response/528167/attach/html/4/Annex%201%20for%202537%20WDTK%20Travis.pdf.html

So the next time you make a Jobseekers Agreement out, make sure the adviser is aware of these rules.

In other words don’t agree to do something silly like 20 jobs apps per week.

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

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  1. The only mandatory part of Universal Jobmatch is to:

    1. Create a Universal Jobmatch account which gives you a User Account Number.

    2. Create a Profile.

    3. Upload or create your C.V. and make it public.

    This is necessary for claimants to apply for and receive Jobseekers Allowance.

    Once you have done this the mandate does not go on to state that you actually have to USE Universal Jobmatch to look for a job or even to log your job search on said site.

    The current UJ Toolkit does state that:

    “We cannot specify to a JSA claimant how they provide us with records of their jobsearch activity and Universal Jobmatch will not change this – it is not therefore possible to require JSA claimants to give DWP access to their Universal Jobmatch account”

    The mandate also doesn’t state that once you have uploaded or created your C.V. and made it public, that you can’t then make it private.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

    • I had a dispute about this this very morning…..

      Andrew Coates

      July 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

      • dear super ted

        i am writing to you about the incident that took place on date town jobcentere when your behavior was unacceptable. i am warning you formally that such
        behavior will not be tolerated.

        we are committed to treating you in a fair and polite manner. in return i expect you to treat us in the same way.therefore,i trust that you will make sure that this type of incident
        does not happen again.

        if you wish to contact me in relation to this matter, you should do so in writing to the postal address above, quoting the reference at the top of this letter.
        we will not accept any inquiries made by phone or email

        has any one had a letter like this? or is it just me that pisses them off and they dont like it

        super ted

        July 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    • make it public
      More info needed, are we sure on this bit?

      AC, there’s a spelling mistake in title!

      Another Fine Mess

      July 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      • What?

        Jobmatch and Jobsearch are Newspeak.

        Andrew Coates

        July 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      • Title begins Is is not that it matters!

        Another Fine Mess

        July 29, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    • Good advice Obi, especially with regards to being made to register on UJ but then not necessarily having to use it. However, I must correct you on one thing- UJ is not mandatory. I am currently on PWPS, I do not have an account, I have never had an account, and I have had a Jobseeker’s Agreement (now converted into a Claimant Commitment) approved by a Decision Maker that does not require me to have an account based on the fact that I am registered on other sites and have agreed to search and use UJ without an account and apply for jobs that I can apply for where an account is not required. At no point have they issued me with a Jobseeker’s Direction to register.

      I concede that for many people my tactics may not work, and if issued with a direction the best thing to do is register unless you can afford to risk a sanction by fighting it. But I can confirm that it is possible to claim JSA and not be registered on UJ. With me they tried to get me to consent to UJ through the Jobseeker’s Agreement, they probably would have followed this up with a Direction had I done so. When this didn’t work and the Decision Maker ruled in my favour over the disputed agreement, they left me alone over the issue.

      KJ

      July 29, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      • I too am not a UJM account holder. According to the rules (I think toolkit) an advisor can only compel a claimant through means of a jobseekers direction only if they can find grounds that the claimant isn’t using it effectively.

        SO, the less evidence you surrender irrespective of your agreement the more likely you are to receive a JD.

        Also for the benefit of people like myself, KJ, super ted and any others without a UJM account, DWP are aware and are unhappy and scheming.

        Now as you know from UJMs home page is a tab supplying a phone number as an alternative to getting details. These JCP phone operators have been recently instructed to NOT GIVE OUT DETAILS FOR ANY VACANCY where the details are withheld and thus require applying through an account. Basically it appears they might use this as a ploy to say a claimant cannot use UJM effectively.

        The JCP phone operator I spoke to said the employer had hid their details so in accordance with the data protection act the operator cannot give out the data (remember this). This operator tried to insist I sign up.

        It was put above that a CV must be uploaded and the profile must be public, WELL actually they cant do that as they NEED when we talk your PERSONAL AND OR SENSTIVE DATA, YOUR CONSENT.

        Both the human rights act article 8 and the data protection act clarify this as any potential employer or agency is whats known as a third party meaning they and NOT DWP must negotiate terms with you as regards your personal and or sensitive data. THIS IS FACT.

        Claimants are free to amend this data at any point even after submitting it.

        YOU HAVE BEEN TRICKED AND LIED TOO IF YOU HAVE BEEN MADE TO REGISTER WITH UJM FOR AN ACCOUNT BUT WORRY NOT AS LIKE I SAID AS THE DATA SUBJECT YOUR FULL WITHIN YOUR RIGHTS TO REMOVE ANY OR ALL DATA THAT CAN BE LEGALLY DEEMED AS PERSONAL AND OR SENSTIVE DATA ANYTIME YOU LIKE AND DWP CANNOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

        ALSO REMEMBER A CIVIL SERVANTS OATH PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT STATES THEY MUST UPHOLD AND ABIDE BY THE LAW.

        gaia

        July 30, 2014 at 7:38 am

  2. Every time it’s been raised by an adviser I just pull out the printout and it stops them dead in their tracks.

    You always get asked where you have got the information from, I just say this is from your (DWP) rules and regulations……. then I ask ‘being a frontline adviser, how is it that I know this information and you don’t?’

    Blank looks all around – sign on and bye!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 29, 2014 at 11:04 am

  3. Now to a more sinister aspect of Universal Jobmatch – The Cookies.

    As you know most cookies (even from the DWP) are session cookies that are deleted when you run Internet Options and hit delete.

    However there is one that stays on your system for 10 years if you ever (even once) visit the UJ website.

    The only solid way to get rid of it that I have found is to totally re-format your hard drive.

    If you do this you will lose the Windows operating system and everything else (including the dreaded DWP 10 year cookie).

    The best way to do it is a full re-install of your Windows Program, I wouldn’t recommend you do this if your running Windows XP as Microsoft are no longer issuing updates.

    Windows Vista/7/8 no problem but you will need a valid disk, the only way to get this is if you purchased it or one came with the computer when you bought it.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 29, 2014 at 11:24 am

    • A fresh installation of Windows XP will still update to post Service Pack 3 when it goes on- line. Thank you for choosing a Microsoft product. Kind Regards Bill Gates

      Bill Gates

      July 29, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      • No it really won’t – I tried this a few days ago with an older computer from an original Windows XP disk after a full re-installation.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        July 29, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      • Whether or not you get an update depends on WHICH version of Windows you have. So you know im not talking XP or vista but WHICH service pack version of XP or vista you have.

        gaia

        July 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

      • If you have (or install) Service Pack 3 Windows XP will download and install (depending on settings) all post-Service Pack 3 updates. If you install pre-Service Pack 3 Windows XP may or may not offer to update to Service Pack 3.

        Tim Cook

        March 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      • Obviously the updates are when you go on-line.

        Tim Cook

        March 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    • Its called a SUPER COOKIE and resides on the system.

      If you can give me some details OBI Wan I will trap this super cookie and test it on various cleaners as reinstalling windows is an extreme way of getting it out.

      I use a variety tools but usually CCLEANER will remove it. This is free software. If its flash related you can also reconfigure flash from ADOBES MANAGER SETTINGS WEBPAGE not to store any data.

      Again DWP are manipulating claimants knowledge on cookies as certain types require a persons consent prior to placing. UJM currently uses such cookies.
      They are tricking you into giving what’s known as INFERRED CONSENT.

      gaia

      July 30, 2014 at 7:48 am

      • The Super Cookie (10 year job) is labelled WT_FPC

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        July 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

      • Ok, recently got in so as yet I haven’t gone fishing but for a start its a webtrends cookie and as you said a persistent one at that. Its analytics but heres the interesting part.

        Now DWP claim this cookie is not a third party cookie even know it was monster that hired them. Now DWP claim because they own UJM and as they claim gave monster permission to hire webtrends that its all perfectly legal.

        Now if it can be proved this is not the case it means that the cookie you refer to is in fact a THIRD PARTY COOKIE MEANING THEY NEED YOUR CONSENT PRIOR TO.

        In the mean time I will look into it and get back to you.

        gaia

        July 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      • Ok back again after doing a little homework.

        According to

        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-jobmatch-what-you-need-to-know-about-cookies

        (select Universal Jobmatch: what you need to know about cookies)

        As you will see is a box describing the WT_PTC and HOW one can remove it.

        Basically scroll to the bottom of the pages and select COOKIES. Now scroll down until you see OPT OUT OF GOOGLE ANALYTICS COOKIES.

        https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

        Easy enough if its your PC BUT is this installed on DWPS and the providers PCs and will they install it if you ask ?

        If it is installed how do you know its working and what its working on ?

        As described it appears to replicate instantly on the flick of the page so is it not a case of “the horse as already bolted the stables”?

        This Obi wan is just surface stuff as I cant really imagine myself going all tech until say tomorrow at the latest so more then.

        gaia

        July 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      • Oh so I don’t get it in the neck their is both google A and webtrends A

        SO

        Does this addon delete WEBTRENDs A as well or just googles ?

        gaia

        July 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    • I use CC cleaner its free and deletes to military spec deletes all cookies before and after surfing web.Maybe useful ?

      Fred

      May 25, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  4. most lat tops comes with back up software that will let you re install the os to when it was brand new out the box like a factory reset. and no os disk is needed.

    super ted

    July 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm

  5. Sadly whats preached isn’t practiced by the Dwp. Bullying advisers have one eye on a sanction when these agreements are drawn up.and is common internal practice

    They domineer conversation often aggressively in tone.place a substantial amount of jobsearch requirement and hope to sanction when there’s a shortfall in whats stated at a later signing.

    They are supposed to view jobsearch positively and don’t only drawing on the negative.however this is reasonable for that time.or for the person doesn’t matter.they are breaking the law.

    If someone has a disability they are in breach of the equality act also.its disgusting whats happening in that department,without any sympathy for someones situation and a total lack of compassion and total disregard for the law.always ask to read paperwork regarding sanction attempts and watch for for dirty tricks signing for letters such as spaces where dates are supposed to be,and the date and time match the letter.

    ken

    July 29, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    • Ken, that’s a really handy tip about checking date spaces and matching up date/time.

      It’s very hard to be mindful enough to check the minutiae when you are under pressure, face to face with bullying advisers.

      I wish there was one simple crib sheet for all of this stuff that we need to attend to, to avoid being shafted by JC+/DWP/WP etc

      All of the information is out there, but it’s usually spread over several sites, buried deep in paragraph-less text or in language that is frequently confusing.

      I’m not disparaging the wonderful efforts of those who put information out there to help us, but for those who have just been hurled into this system, often ill, often distressed, ridden with anxieties, navigating umpteen sites, getting used to the terminology and nomenclature and having to carry out complicated cross referencing, is often, just too difficult.

      Lucy

      August 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

    • I totally agree.They seem to not give a stuff to the pain they are causing some in a highly vulnerable situation.IDS see’s this as an incentive to get people back into work.Its total bollocks as even the tax payer must surely now realize.But then again maybe not as they have crawled their way in again for another 5 years.

      Fred

      May 25, 2015 at 12:58 pm

  6. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    July 29, 2014 at 5:46 pm

  7. Universal Jobmatch is not the only web site using the super cookie WT_FPC!

    Thousands of web sites use it:

    http://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/WT_FPC

    Does “CCleaner” remove it effectively?

    By the way, how are you going to explain all the hidden mysteries of cookies etc to the person on here recently who asked cynically: what is a computer?!!!

    Tobanem

    July 30, 2014 at 11:33 am

  8. UNIVERSAL JOBMATCH ACCESS COMPLAINT LETTER.

    Is your jobcentre adviser bullying you into allowing them to access and view your Universal Jobmatch account?

    If so, hand in this letter of complaint at your next signing day. The Data Protection Act 1998 guarantees you right to privacy.

    Follow the link below.

    http://pdfcast.org/pdf/universal-jobmatch-access-complaint-letter

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    July 30, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    • Many thanks for that template letter should be useful to a lot of people.

      Fred

      May 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

  9. Nice one, the Decision Makers at Bromlet were bugging me to allow access & for me to use UJM. Unfortuntely for them using a Jobseekers Direction, I have 24 years civil service experience and my department was the first to introduce it and I had to produce and teach the learning seminars.

    I simply wrote out a letter to the Advisor stating that the DM’s should tell me when the information Act was changed allowing them to force access. [never had a reply to that – wonder why?].

    For further information please see :

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/166809/response/404751/attach/html/6/Chapter%2003%20Using%20Universal%20Jobmatch.pdf.html

    The fact that it is riddled with fraud [never had a reply to that – wonder why?].

    Access security [never had a reply to that – wonder why?]:

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/jobmatch_access#incoming-468478

    and finally:

    Further, it is acknowledged that a Direction can be made to use a “reasonably available Jobcentre Internet Access Device (IAD)”, with the caveats listed above concerning access which is withheld and details of jobs applied for, I would be willing to do so if so required.

    Strange but I no longer get any bullying via the Advisor being made to ask for access. Strange that.

    Gazza

    July 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm

  10. Now volunteers are being bribed:

    http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/30/100-off-your-council-tax-bill-only-for-volunteers/

    We have heard much of “compulsory” volunteering on here, but bribery, well, that should put an end to the true meaning and spirit of voluntary work once and for all!

    Tobanem

    July 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    • bet it wont apply to workfare ‘volunteers’ and how long before you voluntary ‘volunteer’ for this will it take them to say you are no longer available for work?

      growls

      July 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    • This scheme is open to so many abuses it is a scandal in itself.

      Who will decide exactly what volunteering will qualify people for lower Council Tax?

      Will there be some independent local council monitor to decide what is worth giving people money off their tax bills and what is not?

      Will it include religious or political volunteering?

      Will there be a certain number of hours you have to do to qualify?

      Will there be measures to ensure no council or individual official having favourites?

      Given that the Big Society Charity recently collapsed in corruption and mismanagement it is very probable that local authorities will face similar accusations from those who are excluded from the scheme to reduce some people’s taxes, and not other people’s.

      Will it include religious or political volunteering?

      The whole thing is ill-considered cack.

      Andrew Coates

      July 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      • Actually this is a double edge sword for government when we consider unemployed people.

        You see this CAP/MWA is claimed to be according to DWP volunteering so yes technically we count. Also as its 30 plus hours again we count and finally DWP also states our volunteering is community based meaning whiter than white so again counts.

        Remember its a proposal currently so as yet we have to await a central government response not to mention an IDS one.

        gaia

        July 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      • I’ve heard of similar ideas before, it’s just a way to get all us plebs used to the idea of working for no pay.
        If you’re doing some community/council work and getting some pay then it’s “a job” init.
        I can’t wait for my turn to do some unpaid manditory voluntary explotative work experience, (coming soon) I plan to do some recruiting, and then some closing down!

        Another Fine Mess

        July 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

  11. ACOOKIE
    C8ctAGNjYTRmZDAwLTFjNjEtNGUxMi05MzU0LWFlNWI5MmU3NDUyZQAAAAAFAAAALx0BAFN/sVNJf7FTbCUBAM5RpVPNUaVT0+kAABVipVMVYqVTZ1cAAExdtVMAXbVTLOQAAJ7F11OexddTBAAAAOJOAABTf7FTSX+xU4dOAAAVYqVTFWKlU4IjAABMXbVTAF21U/JNAACexddTnsXXUwAAAAA-
    statse.webtrendslive.com
    /
    Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:02:39 GMT
    227

    no tick for secure, is this the cookie you on about?

    super ted

    July 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    • Nope that another one also on the site though.

      gaia

      July 30, 2014 at 6:48 pm

  12. i found it on the cookies list lol ACOOKIE These are analytics cookies which collect information about how people use this site. 120 months.

    fook that thats 10 fkn years wtf do they need it for that long for, https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/Account/CookiesAbout.aspx?md=1

    super ted

    July 30, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    • As you have no doubt seen its not the only persistent cookie on that list.

      Considering the rate people upgrade their PCs or should routinely reinstall the OS makes it an interesting question super ted.

      gaia

      July 30, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    • I’ve been lied too all these years. I thought a cookie was some nice and tasty

      Philip

      August 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      • “Cookies” are an Americanism – they should really be called biscuits 😀

        Custard Cream

        December 11, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  13. if you have chrome follow this and you can remove the cookies from the browser

    http://google.about.com/od/chromeandbrowserreviews/ss/Chrome-cache-clear.htm

    https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB

    fook having that shit on ur pc for 10 bloody years they can piss off, got none on mine 😉

    super ted

    July 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    • I hadn’t planned to look at this until tomorrow but as your forcing my hand (just kidding) lets do it.

      For a start yes on the surface they can be deleted but the problem isn’t the cookie but its generator as the moment you turn a webpage or visit a site using webtrends its slap bang their again.

      The only way to block its regeneration is either request it be blocked in browser options or manipulate the java so the cookie works but doesn’t send the script as so to speak.

      I think the ten year bit by the way is in case a system doesn’t get changed or blocks particular cookies be it by default or user preference as not every cookie is bad or used for bad reasons.

      I can also confirm CCLEANER finds and eliminates them all but as I said they come right back unless you tamper with the java and that my friend is a whole different other kind of story that if your not the PCs owner wont be able to do anything about unless you know what, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

      gaia

      July 30, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      • ill not be using ujm any time in the next 10 years thats a sure fact 😉

        super ted

        July 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  14. i down loaded some thing the other day and had that web searches shit take over the Google page and no matter what i did it came back.

    deleted all cookies reset web browser deleted web browser and tried ie and it still came up with websearches.

    had to factory re set it in the end, should have tried ccleaner but bet it would have found a way back.

    my bad for using pirate bay lol

    super ted

    July 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    • You see the thing about cookies is that their weaved into the system such that most websites wont function without them.

      I can confirm CCLEANER does delete google search but that’s only good right up until you type into the search engine again.

      You may want to try duckduckgo or lxquick or startpage search engines super ted.

      If your not a programmer then perhaps you might want to either use tors browser which uses startpage or go the full bundle and use tails which is an operating system you can put on a USB stick meaning MOBILE OS.

      Well that’s it for now as I knackered so see you later super ted.

      gaia

      July 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      • Oh one last thing try torrentz as its way better than just one single torrent site like pirate which it covers by the way.

        gaia

        July 30, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      • i use a vpn or hide my ass if i need to but not using ujm anyway any time soon. will be fun and games with the providers and the 35hr a week job searching on ujm at there offices with there pcs as id take my lap top or my phone and hack there wifi and use my own.

        i done it on the 6 week back to work shit but there wifi was so poor signal i nicked next doors instead 15 net books on a same asdl line all on wifi pmsl.

        i was also told at the start not to steal the computers lol as head office monitors them and 1 was stolen last week so said what u gunna do if they format the hdd then its gone and ur monitoring software did u check cash converters or got the sn for it wrote down.

        nope o dear! 😉

        super ted

        July 30, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      • Actually reformatting the HDD or even putting a new one in WONT CHANGE A THING.

        You see no matter the OS you install they all instantly record the hardwares number set SO if this provider wrote them down the netbook can still be tracked. Infact even if they didn’t but kept the serial stickers from the box the manufacture can supply them with the hardwares details.

        SO, if they had their hands on the netbook physically they could check that through the OS or even do it the moment you log online as theirs even a cookie that tell its setter all these details.

        HOW DO I KNOW

        Well ive spent enough time in the past working on surface mount security not to mention countless other electronic equipment. Every single piece of electronic component has its own unique ID number.

        gaia

        July 31, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    • Hey superted, if you’re having trouble getting rid of websearches check this out:

      http://malwaretips.com/blogs/websearch-virus-removal/

      Samwise Gamgee

      July 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      • We were talking about WEBTRENDS not WEBSEARCHES but it wasnt a total waste as you did highlight another nice piece of FREE software called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

        gaia

        July 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm

  15. The Home Office is launching a campaign against modern day slavery:

    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jul/31/home-office-campaign-modern-day-slavery

    I wonder when they will be launching a campaign against “Forced or Compulsory Labour” – the latter being a better and more accurate way of describing modern day Workfare schemes!

    Tobanem

    July 31, 2014 at 8:37 am

    • I also wonder if the young female victim in the following report will fall victim to “modern day” slave traders:

      http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a0b6-Thrown-on-the-streets#.U9oAt2NVWYg

      Tobanem

      July 31, 2014 at 8:41 am

    • This is a highly relevant comment in the article Tobanem,

      “Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International, said: “It is good that the government is trying to raise awareness of modern slavery, but it would be even better if it improved the modern slavery bill. Including thorough victim protection, reintroducing migrant domestic workers’ right to change employer, tackling transparency in supply chains and making the anti-slavery commissioner role truly independent would be a good start.”

      Andrew Coates

      July 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  16. check for cookies in hidden folder,my computer,tools,folder options,once the show hidden folders is selected the cookie folder can be seen.set unused browsers to reject all cookies.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Cookies

    just delete them

    more on universal jobmatch.

    http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/department_for_work_and_pensions_group/dwp-news.cfm/id/7CB27121-96CB-4363-944EBA40616465A4

    http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/news_centre/index.cfm/universal-jobmatch-is-a-crude-tool-used-to-unfairly-punish-jobseekers

    ken

    July 31, 2014 at 10:30 am

  17. If you use Firefox there is an extension that claims to delete supercookies, or Locally Shared Objects. It’s called BetterPrivacy and claims to do the work for you of finding and removing these cookies. I would guess that just as soon as you next go and use UJM (why you should want to do that is beyond me though, it’s worse than useless, though I guess if you’re using Universal Automation there may be a point :)) the supercookie would be back on your computer again.

    I’ll read up some more and find out if BetterPrivacy actually works and come back and let you know.

    For those of you who are STILL using Windows XP there are alternatives that won’t cost you money, (and, no not pirated copies of Vista/7/8 either – paying for a Windows operating system is bad enough, pirating it along with whatever other nasties the pirate has added is even worse) it’s called Linux and there are some very user friendly versions around, but if your computer is a bit old, then I’d suggest something like Lubuntu or Xubuntu. Even better, both of these is free of cost. They are a little different to Windows, but it shouldn’t take you long ot get to grips with things. Great supportive community to, and no nasty viruses to worry about really – don’t listen to the idiots who insist that Linux virsues exist, they do, but only in theory. Effectively you’d have to deliberately install a virus in Linux, though with sophisitcated social engineering, this is theoretically possible.

    Why is it that people are still seemingly believing every piece of crap that emanates from the mouths of DWP Jobcentre advisors? We’ve known for ages that they have a tendency to lie, and we have a plethora of websites that spell it out in very clear terms what the rules are, even the definitive DWP website is accessible to everyone, and that is gospel.

    I don’t doubt that many advisors do try to pull the wool over the eyes of the gullible and just plain stupid, as I’ve heard them trying it on, even with me on one memorable occasion – strangely they’ve left me alone since then and are amazingly polite… In this scenario, knowledge is most definitely power.

    sibrydionmawr

    August 1, 2014 at 1:37 am

    • Infections of all kinds tend to be designed dependant on the popularity of an OS so its no surprize windows, android and the likes are most hit. I would like to say Linux don’t suffer this affliction but its operating systems are quite popular to. Granted currently your chances are less than say windows but as people switch more and more its just a matter of time.

      Technically a users only escape is never to use a system where ones personal data is stored or transferred through and never to bank or shop but we all know that’s never going to happen making the revelation of our government allowing or going to a company NOT ON BRITISH SOIL to handle and process our personal tax, national insurance, hospital records, DWP and more all that more TRULLY SHOCKING when you consider DPA CANNOT PROTECT YOU FROM DATA THEFT AND ABUSE. It seems to me quite pathetic that our government thinks stating “DONT WORRY WE ARE THE DATA CONTROLLERS” is going to make me feel any safer when even if they are the law can still do squat to protect me.

      Moving back though to the user who owns a system I do have 2 tips

      1: The first is to use a programme like ghost to take an image of your entire HDD or SSD after installing say windows for example WITH every update installed to. The benefit of this is you can reinstall your OS far far quicker than the standard method. Obviously its up to the individual but I recommend reinstalling your OS at least every six months, not just for security reasons but for performance and storage space to.

      2: The second alternative is an OS on a stick (USB) irrespective of the OS already installed. Basically you ignore the already installed OS and use the stick OS instead.

      Their is a third but im not sure if it ever got released which may be dew to being able to have an OS on a stick but its a sandbox OS that basically is like a virtual OS that some use.

      As things stand what with most only using the one traditional type OS I would urge people to at least make the hackers sweat more by encrypting either data or entire HDD or SSD. In addition to this keep everything updated constantly, literally it should be the first thing a user does before anything else. Keep a constant eye on your security software, DONT expect it to do all the work and lastly even though no wheres safe if your like me and visit many a less than well known site or dark web, do this on a separate system not connected in any way via network to the one you shop or say bank on.

      gaia

      August 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

    • I have yet to encounter ‘pirated’ version of Windows that contained any ‘nasties’. The ‘pirated’ versions are better since they are ‘clean’ in that they don’t contain all the ‘pre-installed’ crap that manufacturers add-on… umpteen ‘trial versions’ of anti-virus, etc. It would take a month of Sundays to clean-up a pre-installed version of Windows.

      Bill Gates

      June 4, 2015 at 9:36 am

  18. Personally I started my UJ account when I was using Windows Vista, I un-ticked the two boxes (regarding DWP access and cookies) I also reset the email frequency box from the 1 week default setting to None. This would still allow the 10 year Super Cookie to invade my system but would not allow the DWP/Jobcentre to access my account or post job alerts on it or email me.

    A few weeks back I executed a full reformat of my hard drive using a hard drive sector scrubber (3 times overwrite), I then installed Windows 7 which I had purchased.

    I never plan to access UJ ever again now I have Windows 7 installed thus avoiding the DWP Super Cookie.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    August 1, 2014 at 7:44 am

  19. Universal Jobmatch: Your key rights.

    1) Do not tick the boxes
    2) How to stop all DWP Jobmatch emails
    3) You can only be mandated to use Jobmatch at a Jobcentre
    4) DWP Jobmatch guidance/toolkit

    http://refuted.org.uk/2013/10/13/jobmatch/

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    August 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

  20. 3) You can only be mandated to use Jobmatch at a Jobcentre

    and when the providers have to run the 35hr a week job searching at there offices as the jcp dont have the staff or the pcs for it at mine anyway that will be in the bin.

    bet they will still try tho under threat of sanction doubt for not using ujm at providers office, easy win that will be 😉

    super ted

    August 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

  21. Posted on 01/08/2014 by http://www.refuted.org.uk

    UniversalJobmatch: How to handle questions about giving Jobcentre/DWP no access to your account.

    Excellent info.

    http://refuted.org.uk/2014/08/01/universaljobmatchquestions/

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    August 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm

  22. Excellent piece by Johnny Void:

    TUC Side With Bosses To Back Tory Workfare Scheme.

    http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/tuc-side-with-bosses-to-back-tory-workfare-scheme/

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    August 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

  23. I’m unable to access mine, despite my attempts to restore or transfer my account. I bet they’ll sanction me for that.

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    August 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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  28. The question has not been answered. The question asked is it compulsory to ‘register’ with universal jobmatch.

    Dave

    March 7, 2015 at 11:32 am

  29. currently , i have 2 complaints in motion with DWP regarding fraudulent employer’s who use the universal job match site to gain credability to exploit vulnerable job seekers in the Glasgow area. the way job centre staff violate the rules to sanction claimants is disgraceful . keep up the good work.

    Liam Henery

    June 4, 2015 at 7:28 am

    • Name and shame the fuckers!

      Name and Shame

      June 4, 2015 at 8:48 am

  30. Hi my account universal jobmatch was blocked and I tred to register new account for universal jobmatch but is difficult for me

    Ahmed

    December 10, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    • Ahmed

      What do you mean by your UJM was blocked, Are you saying UJM blocked, the device you use blocked it ?

      Do you use your own device or use someone else’s like the library or a provider ?

      Why is it difficult to open another one for you and do you even need to open one ?

      doug

      December 11, 2016 at 10:26 am

      • I’ve had problems with ULM as well.

        It can block you if you type in the wrong password/number more than a few times.

        It can happen for no apparent reason at all!

        It’s a useless system.

        Andrew Coates

        December 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      • The ujm password isn’t even case sensitive! Like the only site in the known UNIVERSE like this! You can probably type anything to get into that heap of crap!

        pAssW0rD

        December 11, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      • Just open an another account with a different email address. There is NO LIMIT to the amount of ujm accounts you can create 😉 Opening new accounts keeps your ‘job-search’ ‘fresh’ 🙂 and keeps the ‘momentum’ going 🙂 Take your out of your ‘comfort zone’ too 😀

        pAssW0rD

        December 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      • All those multiple accounts make it hard for ‘coachy’ to keep up though 😀

        pAssW0rD

        December 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm

  31. superted

    December 11, 2016 at 5:27 pm

  32. Have I really got to become a beggar because according to job centre I’m not fit to work andaccording to esa I am fit to work, also I have severe technology phobia and because I can’t cope with using internet I’m I’m being dropped from society

    Debbie macklin

    February 6, 2017 at 7:08 pm


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