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