Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

Government names and shames 37 National Minimum Wage offenders

with 70 comments

Business Minister Jo Swinson has today named another 37 employers failing to pay National Minimum Wage. This is in addition to a previous naming of 55 employers since October 2013.

These employers owe their employees £177,000 in wages and have been fined just over £51,000. Hardly a deterrent. The TUC claims 250,000 workers are paid less than the minimum wage.

Of particular interest is the lack of prosecution of employers flouting the National Minimum Wage. The National Minimum Wage Act 1998 came into force on 1st April 1999 – approximately 15 years ago. There has been enough time for employers to realise this wasn’t an April Fools prank.

Today, the National Minimum Wage is circumvented by workfare, unpaid internships and bogus apprenticeships paying a heavily reduced NMW rate. Something Ipswich Unemployed Action and many other groups are highlighting for many years.

We want a living wagemillions of families struggle to pay the bills, put food on the table and heat their homes… and many of these are those who work. Employers need to be fairer. Feel free to boycott employers who think they are above the minimum wage! Without further ado…

Full Press Release

A further 37 employers who failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage have been named today (15 January 2015) by Business Minister Jo Swinson.

Between them they owe workers a total of over £177,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £51,000.

The government has already named 55 employers since the new naming regime came into force in October 2013. They had total arrears of over £139,000 and total penalties of over £60,000.

Due to the importance the government places on compliance and enforcement, HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) National Minimum Wage enforcement budget will be increased by a further £3 million in financial year 2015 to 2016 – taking the total to £12.2 million. The extra money will go towards increasing the number of HMRC compliance officers to identify businesses that exploit their workers by paying them below the National Minimum Wage.

Business Minister Jo Swinson said:

Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable. If employers break this law they need to know that we will take tough action by naming, shaming and fining them as well as helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them.

We are also looking at what more we can do to make sure workers are paid fairly in the first place. As well as being publicly named and shamed, employers that fail to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage face penalties of up to £20,000. We are legislating through the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill so that this penalty can be applied to each underpaid worker rather than per employer.

Employers who are unsure of National Minimum Wage rules can also get free advice via the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368.

The 37 employers are:

  • Kings Group LLP, Hertfordshire, neglected to pay £53,808.91 to 53 workers
  • Kings Group Lettings LLP, Hertfordshire, neglected to pay £26,893.43 to 49 workers
  • Chi Yip Group Ltd, Middleton, neglected to pay £15,566.78 to 13 workers
  • Kingsclere Nurseries Ltd trading as Abacus Day Nursery, Newbury, neglected to pay £12,904.19 to 8 workers.
  • Ms Thap Thi Ly trading as Sweet N Sour, Fleetwood, neglected to pay £11,039.14 to 2 workers
  • Michael Kearney trading as Electrical Estimates, Ceredigion, neglected to pay £5,557.91 to 4 workers
  • ABC Early Learning and Childcare Centre UK Ltd, Wolverhampton, neglected to pay £5,329.25 to 68 workers
  • C J Hartley Ltd trading as Headwork, Sheffield, neglected to pay £4,762.64 to 4 workers
  • Mrs Kelly Jayne Lockley trading as Diva Hair Design, Walsall, neglected to pay £4,103.65 to a worker
  • Browncow Tanning Ltd trading as Fake Bake Hair & Beauty Boutique, Glasgow, neglected to pay £3,406.66 to 2 workers
  • J Wood Joiners & Builders Ltd, Edinburgh, neglected to pay £3,373.19 to 4 workers
  • Louise Ross Trading as Luxe Salon, Leeds, neglected to pay £3,368.13 to a worker
  • H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Ltd, London, neglected to pay £2,604.87 to 540 workers
  • Building Projects Ltd, Dundee, neglected to pay £2,345.85 to 3 workers
  • David A Farrer Ltd, Morecambe, neglected to pay £2,261.00 to a worker
  • Julian’s Hair Salon Ltd, Newbury, neglected to pay £2,131.35 to a worker
  • Motorists Discount Store Ltd trading as TMS Autoparts, Manchester, neglected to pay £2,025.19 to a worker
  • Ms Dawn Platts trading as Level 2 Hair Studio, Barnsley, neglected to pay £1,186.89 to a worker
  • Myers and Family Ltd, Wakefield, neglected to pay £1.598.82 to a worker
  • Welcome Break Holdings Ltd, Newport Pagnell, neglected to pay £1,318.70 to 19 workers
  • Callum Austin Ltd trading as Jason Austin Hairdressers, Kettering, neglected to pay £1,899.66 to 2 workers
  • Mrs Karen Riley Trading as Crave, Preston, neglected to pay £1,179.09 to 7 workers
  • RPM Performance Rally World Ltd, Maldon, neglected to pay £998.71 to a worker
  • Ego Hair & Beauty (Anglia) Ltd, Colchester, neglected to pay £985.55 to a worker
  • Mr Jinit Shah trading as Crystal Financial Solutions, Middlesex, neglected to pay £941.65 to a worker
  • Counted4 Community Interest Company, Sunderland, neglected to pay £930.73 to a worker
  • HAE Automotive Services Ltd, Harrogate (ceased trading), neglected to pay £798.16 to a worker
  • Vision on Digital Ltd, Ossett, neglected to pay £683.86 to a worker
  • Ultimate Care UK Ltd, Ipswich, neglected to pay £613.79 to 7 workers
  • Century Motors (Sheffield) Ltd, Sheffield, neglected to pay £571.72 to a worker
  • Mr D Eastwell & Mr G Brinkler trading as The Salon, Letchworth Garden City, neglected to pay £409.85 to a worker
  • Rumble (Bedworth) Ltd, Nuneaton, neglected to pay £404.41 to a worker
  • Shannons Ltd, Worthing neglected to pay £313.76 to a worker
  • Holmes Cleaning Company, Worksop neglected to pay £240.48 to a worker
  • Learnplay Foundation Ltd, West Bromwich, neglected to pay £224.73 to a worker
  • Adrien Mackenzie trading as Maverick Models, Manchester, neglected to pay £205.52 to a worker
  • QW Security Ltd, Hartlepool, neglected to pay £126.20 to a worker

The 37 cases named today were thoroughly investigated by HM Revenue and Customs after workers made complaints to the free and confidential Pay and Work Rights Helpline.

The scheme was revised in October 2013 to make it simpler to name and shame employers that do not comply with minimum wage rules.

Notes to editors

1.Employers have a duty to be aware of the different legal rates for the National Minimum Wage.
The current National Minimum Wage rates are:

  • Adult rate (21 and over) – £6.50 per hour
  • 18 to 20 year olds – £5.13 per hour
  • 16 to 17 year olds – £3.79 per hour
  • Apprentice rate – £2.73 per hour

The apprentice rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 years old and those aged 19 and over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for their age.

2.The government is committed to increasing compliance with minimum wage legislation and effective enforcement of it. Everyone who is entitled to the minimum wage should receive it. The BIS scheme to name employers who break minimum wage law came into effect on 1 January 2011. The scheme is one of a range of tools at the government’s disposal to tackle this issue. Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage not only have to pay back arrears of wages at current minimum wage rates but also face financial penalties of up to £20,000. In the most serious cases employers can be prosecuted.

3.From 1 October 2013 the government revised the naming scheme to make it simpler to name and shame employers who break the law. Under this scheme the government will name all employers that have been issued with a Notice of Underpayment (NoU) unless employers meet one of the exceptional criteria or have arrears of £100 or less. All 37 cases named today failed to pay the national minimum wage and have arrears of over £100.

4.Employers have 28 days to appeal to HMRC against the NoU (this notice sets out the owed wages to be paid by the employer together with the penalty for not complying with minimum wage law). If the employer does not appeal or unsuccessfully appeals against this NoU, BIS will consider them for naming. The employer then has 14 days to make representations to BIS outlining whether they meet any of the exceptional criteria:

  • naming by BIS carries a risk of personal harm to an individual or their family
  • there are national security risks associated with naming in this instance
  • other factors which suggest that it would not be in the public interest to name the employer (employer to provide details)

If BIS do not receive any representations or the representations received are unsuccessful, the employer will be named via a BIS press release under this scheme.

5.Further information about the revised BIS NMW naming scheme can be found in Enforcing national minimum wage law.

There is a big high street brand, various hairdressers, some local businesses (in respect to Ipswich area), one that ceased trading, a CIC, a non-profit and surprisingly a lot of sole traders who have in effect been personally named and shamed (unlike hiding behind a company).

Comments are welcome (as always)! 

 

 

Advertisements

70 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Very important points.

    When we campaign in Ipswich – with street stall for Suffolk People’s Assembly – we hear people with problems like this all the time.

    There are civil servants out there trying to enforce the rules – and believe me as I have met some of them they are very serious – but they are hampered by deliberate government policy to have a ‘light touch’ on regulation.

    The problem for anybody who’s unemployed and who then takes us one of these jobs is that to complain is to get sacked, and then to be sanctioned by the dole: you don’t get money if your dismissed unless you can prove that you were in the right.

    Andrew Coates

    January 15, 2015 at 11:44 am

    • Someone who was on the “work programme” a while ago, was told about a job, that person went for an interview, got the job, (off benefits) then found out the min wage was not being paid, went to C.A.B. that person was then sacked, HMRC was told, place of work investigated, (more than one person had been in touch with HMRC about it) new benefit claim.- no problem.

      As you said Andrew, if you can’t prove it, or don’t know what to do you when in that situation.

      enigma

      January 15, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    • Jobs are so far and few between I think many unemployed people – especially those constantly threatened with sanctions or receiving benefit sanctions – would accept £5 per hour as a way out of the benefit system cycle.

      I think I would even consider that for a full time job, although I would still report them to HMRC for paying below National Minimum Wage, using the job as a temporary stepping stone.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 15, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      • The jobcentre in Bognor regis, probably other places, are sending those on JSA to Butlins to work for zero hour, I was told today by one of them that there was 200 plus people. of course those on JSA are not being told that it will be zero hour.

        As we know, if they don’t turn up for the interviews, they will be sanctioned.

        enigma

        January 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      • Well it is quite bizarre with the rise of zero hour contracts.

        Employers used to (and many still do) simply sack someone within the first year and there was nothing that person could really do about it (“probation period”)

        Even if you are a good worker they just say you are no longer needed. Some technicalities on variables such as discrimination, where could go to a tribunal, but other than that the employer is fully within its rights to do so.

        Zero Hour contracts for many industries seem to be a way of getting someone to fill staff absences and avoid over time premiums etc. It used to be limited mostly to recruitment/employment agencies… they used to ring you up at 6am and ask you work for a few hours that day. When you declined you never saw any more work.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 16, 2015 at 11:48 am

      • I remember the first job I got in CA, was “on call” with that you can’t plan anything, just waiting on calls, hoping you will be working a lot,(me!) and of course to make enough to pay the rent etc.

        enigma

        January 16, 2015 at 11:57 am

  2. Update on the Clydebank Fire Incident last week.

    Regulars on here will remember the report about the woman who set herself on fire inside a police station in Clydebank last week. The woman is reported this week to have been in contact with the local Council immediately before the incident:

    http://www.clydebankpost.co.uk/news/roundup/articles/2015/01/14/521281-council-probe-into-clydebank-police-station-fire-woman/

    I will post separate links on three other reports in the Clydebank Post this week – one about the reaction of Jobcentre staff to the report last week about soaring benefit sanctions and one about how the disabled are suffering increased sanctions in North West Glasgow.

    There is also another report about how food bank users in Clydebank are having to return food because they can’t afford the electricity to cook it!!!

    Tobanem

    January 15, 2015 at 1:12 pm

  3. Tobanem

    January 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    • Interpretation.

      combined experience of 133 years in Clydebank job centre.

      We have no idea what real life is like out in the real world.

      insisted that no sanctioning decision is taken by her staff and explained how the information is sent off to a “decision-maker”.

      Nothing to do with me guv.

      reiterated that sanctioning is out of their hands and that they are merely carrying out the orders of the Department of Work and Pensions.

      We’re just following orders.

      If they did not implement the rules, they too would be out of work.

      I’m alright Jack.

      seen a 32 per cent drop in the number of people in that age bracket claiming benefits.

      We have no idea what’s happened to them, have you tried the local foodbank?

      Another Fine Mess

      January 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

      • I see it different. Its very much like the Police blaming the CPS or Courts for people getting prosecuted.

        Without the Police initially (well in majority of cases) those people could never be brought to justice.

        Without Jobcentre Plus advisers/ work coaches and Work Programme providers raising “sanction doubts” its virtually impossible for a decision maker to then apply a benefit sanction.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 16, 2015 at 11:52 am

      • Yes, but I like to think ‘the rules’ the police follow are at least better defined, and make some sense in most cases!
        Some of the ‘The rules’ some advisors or work coaches come up with are nuts, and just waste everybody’s time and money including the employer’s, – where an employer actually exists.

        They even spent a hour and half trying to sanction me for not applying for a job which was an obvious fake and impossible to apply for! I spent most of that time trying not to smile or laugh at them wasting their time.

        Another Fine Mess

        January 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm

  4. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    January 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

  5. FAKE BAKE

    Yes, one of the firms mentioned in the Government’s list above, appears in a report in the Glasgow Evening Times today:

    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/tanning-salon-named-and-shamed-194380n.116154621

    Let’s hope there is more exposure all over the country and an improvement in pay!

    Tobanem

    January 15, 2015 at 1:55 pm

  6. Breaking news…

    …this time the Glasgow Evening Times reports an on-going “incident” at the city’s Victoria Bridge.

    I wonder if this is someone about to jump off into the river Clyde? Is it benefits related?

    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/u/police-close-glasgow-bridge-due-to-ongoing-incident.1421326672

    The Victoria Bridge is right next to the former Clutha Bar – that’s the one where a police helicopter crashed causing a major incident!

    Tobanem

    January 15, 2015 at 2:12 pm

  7. I’d like to. add. my former. employers to this list. thank god. he went bankrupt in the end and employees transferred over to new provider. taylors transport services, or taywen or any number of other names he changed it to. not only did we not get minimum wage, our paychecks bounced regularly and some people are still owed money 2 years on….work really pays…

    Kat. Rehman

    January 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    • And “The royal hotel” Bognor Regis, fake pay slips, (no tax or NI paid)

      enigma

      January 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      • payslips? we hardly ever got them at taylors, fake or otherwise!! blatant law break but he some how got away with it. I’m. in a union n my rep challenged. him several times…

        Kat. Rehman

        January 15, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    • Employment Rights Act 1996

      All employers (excluding contractors, self-employed people and some workers etc.) must give a wage slip/pay slip under law.

      Right to itemised pay statement
      8. Itemised pay statement.

      (1) An employee has the right to be given by his employer, at or before the time at which any payment of wages or salary is made to him, a written itemised pay statement.

      (2) The statement shall contain particulars of—

      (a) the gross amount of the wages or salary,
      (b) the amounts of any variable, and (subject to section 9) any fixed, deductions from that gross amount and the purposes for which they are made,
      (c) the net amount of wages or salary payable, and
      (d) where different parts of the net amount are paid in different ways, the amount and method of payment of each part-payment.

      Not sure if there is another enforcement Act or Regs; assuming its not changed since but how its available on legislation.gov.uk … an employee can take a lack of pay statement to a tribunal for them to determine what the statement should be, but appears its not an offence for an employer not to give a wage slip – i.e. no prosecution – although HMRC wont take it kindly if the absence of a wage slip is due to covering up any form of tax fraud (i.e. underpayment of tax) by the employer.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm

  8. ZERO TOLERANCE

    Meanwhile, in Paisley today, a protest about zero-hours contracts at Sports Direct:

    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/protest-rally-in-paisley-over-zero-hour-contracts-194415n.116206587

    Tobanem

    January 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    • And “Butlins” everywhere. I can imagine this happening in a lot more shops, stores etc.

      enigma

      January 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm

  9. name and shame local councils too.

    Half of money set aside for local welfare left unspent, says study
    Hundreds of thousands of applicants for emergency financial help turned away by councils says Centre for Responsible Credit

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/14/money-set-aside-local-welfare-left-unspent-study

    ken

    January 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    • The problem is that Pickles has not made provision to give councils the money for the social fund.

      It’s not councils’ responsibility but fatty Pickles – who eats roasted babies on toast for breakfast.

      Andrew Coates

      January 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

  10. More lies to get in power.

    David Cameron has pledged to do more to help poor families after senior Church of England figures raised concerns about the state of modern Britain under the Coalition.
    The Prime Minister said the Archbishops had raised “important points” about the need to further help those struggling after one of the worst recessions in modern times.
    It follows warnings from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, that “entire cities are being cast aside” in a new book entitled On Rock or Sand?

    The Archbishops of Canterbury and York warned that party leaders are selling a “lie” that economic growth is the answer to Britain’s social problems and condemned inequality as “evil”, The Telegraph reported on Thursday.

    Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, said the comments prove church leaders “don’t believe” Mr Cameron when he says the country is “all in it together” when discussing the economic downturn.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/11347869/David-Cameron-pledges-to-do-more-to-help-poor-after-Church-of-England-criticism.html

    enigma

    January 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm

  11. Just to reiterate two very local companies involved…

    Ultimate Care UK Ltd, Ipswich, neglected to pay £613.79 to 7 workers

    Companies House

    Name & Registered Office:
    ULTIMATE CARE UK LTD
    UNIT 2, MANOR FARM BUSINESS CENTRE MANOR LANE
    STUTTON
    IPSWICH
    SUFFOLK
    IP9 2TD

    Company No. 06095685
    Status: Active
    Date of Incorporation: 12/02/2007

    Country of Origin: United Kingdom
    Company Type: Private Limited Company
    Nature of Business (SIC):
    88990 – Other social work activities without accommodation not elsewhere classified

    Previous Address: Unit 20 Lewis Farm, Pettaugh Road, Stowmarket, IP14 6AU

    http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/1-101689595/services
    http://www.nhs.uk/Services/careproviders/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=57414

    Description

    Ultimate Care UK Limited is a domiciliary care service providing a rural homecare service to people living in Suffolk. Services provided include assistance with personal care, light house work, shopping, food preparation and medication administration.

    Specialisms/services: Dementia, Personal care, Physical disabilities, Sensory impairments, Caring for adults under 65 yrs, Caring for adults over 65 yrs

    Management/Ownership

    Shareholders include: MARC PETER ROWLAND, NICOLA MICHELLE ROWLAND, ELAINE PARNELL, PAULINE NOBLE,HARRY NOBLE
    Directors: Mr Marc Peter Rowland and Ms Nicola Michelle Rowland

    Ego Hair & Beauty (Anglia) Ltd, Colchester, neglected to pay £985.55 to a worker

    Companies House

    Name & Registered Office:
    EGO HAIR & BEAUTY (ANGLIA) LIMITED
    2 BROOK HOUSE
    BROOK STREET WIVENHOE
    COLCHESTER
    ESSEX
    CO7 9DP

    Company No. 07790879
    Status: Active
    Date of Incorporation: 28/09/2011

    Country of Origin: United Kingdom
    Company Type: Private Limited Company
    Nature of Business (SIC):
    96020 – Hairdressing and other beauty treatment

    Management/Ownership

    Shareholders: DONNA MICHELLE RYDER, CARLY SIMONE RYDER, LORRAINE HASKINS
    Directors: Miss Carly Simone Ryder, Miss Lorraine Haskins and Ms Donna Michelle Ryder

    Universal Jobmatch

    January 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    • Incidentally we are getting reports in that Poundstretchers in Diss are using workfare.

      More to follow.

      Andrew Coates

      January 15, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      • Poundland in Bognor Regis is using workfare, they are seen unloading the lorries in the high street.

        enigma

        January 16, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  12. I am waiting for DWP to publish workfare “employer” list!

    Universal Jobmatch

    January 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    • …. and still waiting… Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Zee

      January 16, 2015 at 8:20 am

  13. I’ve just been looking for info on workfare, I found this list and it seems a lot of companies are taking up workfare, according to “Boycott workfare”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_organisations_who_have_participated_in_workfare_programmes

    enigma

    January 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    • Keep checking the wiki site but for reference here…

      Boycott Workfare list…

      Both (alleged) current and past workfare users….

      (Visit the above wikipedia link for a tidy list – this is just to help people find the information – line breaks would make it excessive to scroll to other comments)

      A4e, The AA, Accident Helpline, Acorn Computer Recycling, Acorn Training (East Midlands) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Acorn Training Consultants (East Midlands) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Action for Blind People – Work Programme, ATN Adult Training Network (East London) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Age Concern, Age UK – withdrew from Mandatory Work Activity in 2012, but remain involved with other variants of workfare; have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Alpha Stream, Angus College – Mandatory Work Activity, Argos – claimed to have withdrawn* in 2013, but reports of JSA claimants being sent to branches, as of 2014, Argyle & Bute Council – Mandatory Work Activity, AS Care (Leicester) – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the newest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Asda, Asian Star Community Radio LTD, ATS, Avanta – Mandatory Work Activity, Avanta Enterprise Ltd – Mandatory Work Activity, Barnardos – Mandatory Work Activity, claim to no longer be involved with ‘Help to Work’, the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Beaumont Leys Primary School (Leicester)- involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest variant of workfare targeting unemployed people, Beaumont Leys & Stocking Farm Sure Start Children’s Centre (Leicester) – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the newest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Bedesworld, BEST, Business Employment Training Services Ltd (Yorkshire & Humber) – Mandatory Work Activity, , Bexley Council (Resources Plus) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, BHS (British Home Stores) – withdrawn, Blue Cross – withdrawn; have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, , Blue Arrow, B & M Stores, The Body Shop – withdrawn, Bookers Wholesale, Boots – withdrawn, Bootstrap (Merseyside, Lancashire & Cumbria) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Bournemouth City Council, B&Q, Brantano Footwear (Leicester) – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest variant of workfare targeting unemployed young people, British Heart Foundation – withdrew from Mandatory Work Activity in 2012, but still involved in Work Experience variant of workfare as of 2014, but also now withdrawn from ‘Help to Work’, the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Bromford Group (Wolverhampton) – withdrawn, Broadway, BT, BTCV – Mandatory Work Activity, Bulky Bob’s – withdrawn from Mandatory Work Activity, and ‘Help to Work’, the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Burger King – withdrawn, Burtons Biscuits (Edinburgh), Burton, Byteback It Solutions Limited (Bristol) – withdrawn, had been involved in ‘Help to Work’, the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Calderdale Council – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Campbell Page (South West 1 Devon and Cornwall; Dorset and Somerset) – Rehab Job Fit subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Cancer Research UK – withdrew from Mandatory Work Activity and the Work Programme in 2012, but still involved in Work Experience as of 2014; have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Candyland formerly Tangerine Confectionery – Marks & Spencer supplier, Carillion – Kent, Carnegie College – Mandatory Work Activity, Claverhouse Training (Scotland) – Mandatory Work Activity, Close Protection UK – Defunct , Crest Co-operative (Wales) – subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, DB Accident Repair – Kent, DC Cleaning Sussex, Debenhams, DebRA – subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Diamond Glass Medway – Kent, DiSC Ltd, Developing initiatives Supporting Communities (North East) – Mandatory Work Activity, Divine Rescue – Mandatory Work Activity, Dorothy Perkins, Dulwich Hamlet FC – withdrawn, Dunelm Mill, Envirostream, esg Holdings Ltd (West Midlands) – Mandatory Work Activity, Evans, Finsbury Park Business Forum, Framework (Nottingham) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, , FP Mailing, F&S Interiors – Kent, Fusion Housing (Kirkless), Gingerbread, Gorgie City Farm, Greggs the Bakers – Work Experience, Grosvenor Casinos (Brighton), grow: Economic Regeneration & Development, Hull City Council – Mandatory Work Activity[, Go Response – Kent, Groundwork – Mandatory Work Activity, also a ‘Prime’ provider of ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Haven House Children’s Hospice, Helen & Douglas House Hospice – Maidenhead, HMRC, HMV – withdrawn, Hilton Hotels, Holiday Inn – claimed to have withdrawn in 2012, but remain involved with Sector-Based Work Academies as of 2014, Holland & Barrett – withdrawn, Homebase – claimed to have withdrawn* in 2013, but reports of JSA claimants being sent to branches, as of 2014, Homes for Haringey – Work Programme, Iceland – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, IKEA – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Ingeus UK – Mandatory Work Activity, Invicta Foundation – withdrawn, had been involved with ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Ixion (West London; East London) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Loaves ‘n’ Fishes (West Midlands), JA Glover – Kent, Jessup Electrical Wholesale Ltd – Kent, JJ Vickers & Sons Ltd – Kent, JHP Group Ltd (Scotland) – Mandatory Work Activity, JJ Training (North East Yorkshire & Humber) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Kennedy Scott, Kent Flooring Supplies – Kent, Kent Space – Kent, Kingston Community Furniture, LAMH Recycle Ltd (Motherwell) – withdrawn from ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Learn Direct – Mandatory Work Activity, also a ‘Prime’ provider for ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, and a G4S subcontractor for East Midlands, Merseyside, Lancashire & Cumbria, and Hampshire, Thames Valley & Isle of Wight, Life Skills Central Ltd (Scotland) – Mandatory Work Activity, Luton Borough Council, Marie Curie – withdrawn, Marks & Spencer, Marriot Hotels, Maplin – withdrawn, Matalan, Mayhem Paintball, McDonald’s, Medway Council, Medway Tyres – Kent, Mencap – Mandatory Work Activity; but have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Michael Ambrose (Leicester) – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Microcom Training Ltd (Scotland) – Mandatory Work Activity, Midcounties Co-operative – subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Mind – withdrew from Mandatory Work Activity in 2012, but remain involved with the Work Programme as of 2014; have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, The Mustard Tree (Manchester), M-Valeting Ltd (King’s Lynn) – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Nandos – Edinburgh, NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC (Grimsby) – Mandatory Work Activity and Sector-Based Work Academies, Newham Council, Newhaven Community Development, North London Hospice – involved with ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’; charity shops accepting ‘Community Work Placements’ as of 2014, Northumberland County Council – Mandatory Work Activity, North Yorkshire Learning Consortium – Mandatory Work Activity, Nova New Opportunities – Brighton, 99p – withdrawn, Olympic Glass – Kent, Omnico Plastics Ltd – Kent, Outfit , Oxfam – withdrawn, Papworth Trust – Mandatory Work Activity, Payless – Kent, PDSA – withdrawn; have also stated that they will not be participants in the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet,’Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, , Peacocks, Pera Training (Leicester) – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the variant of ‘Help to Work’ targeting unemployed young people, Pinnacle People – Mandatory Work Activity; also G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’ in East Midlands, West London, and East London, Pizza Hut – Kent and Surrey, withdrawn, Plumbase – Kent, Placement Provider Partners (Yorkshire & Humber) – Mandatory Work Activity, Porchlight – Kent, withdrawn, Portsmouth Council – subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Poundland – involved with the Work Programme, Sector-Based Work Academies, and ‘Traineeships’ the latest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Poundstretcher, PPDG (Pertemps People Development Group) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Premier Inn, Primark, Process Plant Services Ltd – Kent, Quality Savers, The Range, Radecal Signs (Washington, Tyne and Wear) – subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, RBLI, Red Cross – withdrew from earlier versions of workfare, but now involved in ‘Traineeships’, Refurb project, Regency Guillotine – Kent, Rehab JobFit (South West) – Mandatory Work Activity, Richmond Fellowship – withdrawn, RNIB – Mandatory Work Activity, but have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Romney Resource Kent, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Royal Mail, RNR Performance Cars – Kent, RSPCA – Mandatory Work Activity, St Ann’s Hospice, Manchester – involved with ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, St Mungos – withdrawn; have also stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, , , St Oswald’s Hospice shops, St Vincents – Mandatory Work Activity, St Werburghs City Farm, Bristol – withdrawn from Mandatory Work Activity, Sage UK, Salvation Army – Mandatory Work Activity, but have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Saffron Acres Project, Savers – Sector-Based Work Academies, Scarborough Council – withdrawn, Scope – withdrew from Mandatory Work Activity and the Work Programme in 2012, but remain involved with Work Experience as of 2014, Scout Enterprises, Sector Solutions (Yorkshire & Humber) – Mandatory Work Activity, Seetec – Mandatory Work Activity, Sense – withdrew from Mandatory Work Activity in 2012, but remain involved with other variants of workfare as of 2014; have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Alpha Stream, Serco, Servest, Shaw Trust – Mandatory Work Activity, Shelter – withdrawn, SHOC Slough Homeless, Shoe Zone – withdrew from earlier versions of workfare, but now involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Shropshire Council – Mandatory Work Activity, Signs & Imaging Ltd, Single Homeless Project (SHP) – withdrawn, Sixhills Aquatics, Slough Library, Slough Furniture Project, Southern Membranes Ltd – Kent, Southern Metal Services – Kent, Southern Roofing & Building Supplies – Kent, Stephens Fresh Food – Kent, Store Twenty One (Cornwall), Storie Argyll Ltd, Sue Ryder – withdrawn; have also stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Sumo Waste (Glasgow) – involved with ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet ‘Help to Work’, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Sunderland North Community Business Centre – Mandatory Work Activity, Superdrug – withdrawn, Swan Lifeline – Windsor, TAS Ltd (West London) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Tate Recruitment, Tesco – involved with ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet ‘Help to Work’, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Thornton Manor (Cheshire), TCHC, Timbermills, Alpha Stream, TK Maxx – claimed to have withdrawn from workfare in January 2012, but involved in Sector-Based Work Academies as of 2014, Toni & Guy, Topman, Topshop, The Children’s Society – withdrew from Mandatory Work Activity in 2012, but remain involved with other versions of workfare as of 2014; have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, , The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) – Mandatory Work Activity, but have stated that they will not be participants in ‘Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, The Lennox Partnership (Scotland) – Mandatory Work Activity, The Lettings Co (Leicester) – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the variant of ‘Help to Work’ targeting unemployed people, The Princes’s Trust – heavily involved in M&S’s ‘branded’ version of the ‘Work Experience’ version of workfare aimed at young people; previously known to be a Work Programme sub-contractorThe Tell Organisation (Scotland) – Mandatory Work Activity, Tomorrow’s People – Mandatory Work Activity, Town and Country Cleaners Kent, TRAID – withdrawn from ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet ‘Help to Work’,which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Two Sisters Food Group (2SFG) – Leicester and Nottingham, Urban Futures (East London) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Saffron Acres Project, Virgin Media – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Virgin Trains, The Vine Project – Mandatory Work Activity, Waldorf College (Stroud) – involved with the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet ‘Help to Work’, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Wallis, WD Close & Sons, WEA – withdrawn, Workers’ Educational Association, Scotland – involved in the Work Programme, though WEA in England have withdrawn, Waterstones – withdrawn, Westmanor Property Services (Leicester) – involved with ‘Traineeships’ the latest workfare variant targeting unemployed young people, Westvic Enamellers – Kent, Wetherspoons, WH Smith, Whittingtons, Wilkinsons, Workpays (East Midlands) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, Work Solutions (Merseyside, Lancashire & Cumbria; and North East Yorkshire & Humber) – G4S subcontractor in ‘Help to Work’ the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet, which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, The Works, YMCA – Mandatory Work Activity, but have stated that they will not be participants in the newest and most punitive version of workfare yet,’Help to Work’ which involves 6 month unpaid ‘Community Work Placements’, and Yorkshire Linen Company.

      http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?page_id=16

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      • I wonder how many paid employees were sacked/laid off due to all this.

        enigma

        January 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm

  14. Jo Swinson is an ugly odious liitle shit… hope she gets booted to fuck at the next election…

    N Sturgeon

    January 16, 2015 at 12:52 am

  15. Here’s another company that uses ‘The Back to Work Programme’ (BtW)

    Goodwill Solutions in Moulton Park, Northampton.

    Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has praised a Northampton company that is getting ex-criminals and the long-term unemployed back into work.

    The Minister for Work and Pensions, along with Conservative MP for Northampton North Michael Ellis, was given a tour of Goodwill Solutions in Moulton Park, yesterday (Thursday).

    Goodwill Solutions is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that aims to help the local community by running projects such as the Back to Work programme, training ex-offenders, armed service personnel, former homeless and the long-term unemployed for employment in the logistics sector.

    Mr Duncan Smith said he was so impressed with the work the company was doing to get people back into work that he would be personally inviting the Prime Minister David Cameron to come and see it himself.

    http://www.northampton-news-hp.co.uk/Ex-Tory-leader-Iain-Duncan-Smith-inspired-visit/story-25869858-detail/story.html

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 16, 2015 at 10:58 am

  16. Distrust of politicians… savage cuts which hit the poorest and a working class ready to revolt. Writer Juliet Barker talks to Yvette Huddleston about the lessons we can learn from the past.

    A country ruled by a political class considered to be out of touch with ordinary working men and women, where many people feel they don’t have a voice, where employment legislation and pay cuts seem to hit the most vulnerable and where in some quarters there is a growing resentment towards immigrants. Sound familiar? It could be an account of Britain today, but is in fact a description of England in the spring of 1381 in the lead-up to the mass popular rebellion known as the Peasants’ Revolt.

    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/features/a-case-of-history-repeating-1-7054243

    enigma

    January 16, 2015 at 11:29 am

    • The problem is most people have what I refer to as TAS syndrome… (“Thick As Shit”).

      The only “revolution” (use that term very lightly) we have is a eurosceptic political party (no names) that gets a crazy amount of air time and their previous General Election results got them less MPs (0) than the Greens!!!

      They will get an MP or two but thank goodness they will not make such an impact. If people were more into politics and a new party came along to combat the two-party system, they really wouldn’t get any airtime. I suppose someone needed to fill the space of the Lib Dems who might get their worst ever General Election result… although there are a lot of people out there with TAS syndrome…

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

  17. BBC News 14 January 2015.

    A4e staff faked DWP welfare-to-work payment claims.

    Four people have been found guilty of taking part in a fraud at welfare-to-work company Action 4 Employment (A4e).

    It comes after six others admitted their part in the scam, in which fraudulent claims for a lone parent scheme were made to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

    Police said staff had pretended to find employment for fictitious people, or for clients who had not yet found work, in order to get bonuses or hit targets.

    Three other defendants were acquitted.

    The trial at Reading Crown Court took 13 weeks. Sentencing is due to begin on 30 March.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30821458

    Ten people who work (or worked) for A4E were charged with a mixture of:

    Forgery.

    Conspiracy to make false instruments.

    Possession of articles for use in frauds.

    So much for Private Providers/Scam Providers.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 16, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    • “The improvements we’ve made to our systems and controls now make it highly unlikely that this kind of incident could happen again.”

      I’m Sure!

      enigma

      January 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  18. Here’s an interesting one regarding the new Digital Signing platforms being introduced at Jobcentres:

    Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
    Central Freedom of Information Team

    [DWP request email]

    Our reference: VTR 5217
    Date: 08/12/2014

    Dear XXXXX

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 02/12/2014.
    You asked:

    Could you clarify as to whether or not a benefit claimant would be required to move over to Electronic Signing once it begins rolling out in the UK?

    Response

    Electronic Signing is not mandatory.

    However we do encourage claimants to sign electronically by highlighting the advantages that it will give them. Using the facility will give claimants additional confidence in the security of their information and by automating the process it significantly reduces the risk of errors occurring.

    Our experiences show that claimants have willingly accepted the change.

    Initially the only benefit that will be rolling out with Electronic Signing is Jobseekers Allowance (JSA).

    If you have any queries about this letter please contact us quoting the reference number above.

    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/242367/response/593467/attach/html/3/5217%20response.pdf.html

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    • There’s that word again, “Encourage” as goes for a lot of other things that we know of, but will a lot of people on JSA (who don’t yet know) be told they have no choice but to sign electronicly or they will not receive their benefit.

      enigma

      January 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      • Who does have “confidence” in anything they come up with?!

        Hackers will have a field day, many days!

        enigma

        January 16, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    • What’s the use of Electronic Signing pads? Has anyone ever used on that works?
      I wouldn’t be surprised if the struggle with them for a while, and then they’re just quietly dropped. It seems every time the snake oil salesmen come around, the dwp get bitten.

      Another Fine Mess

      January 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      • Despite a lecture of how the Jobcentre has now gone digital… I have been using paper to sign on. Don’t get me wrong, they are there and wont consume that much power, but what a waste of money both to purchase and having them plugged in, if not going to be used.

        Perhaps its a listening device also? Or films the interview? Who knows.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 16, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      • Ask them when they go fully digital, will we then have to communicate with them in just 1s and 0s.

        Another Fine Mess

        January 16, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      • ANOTHER FINE MESS….POST JANUARY 16 @ 16;04 [4.04PM] YOU MUST REMEMBER THAT 1 IN 10 KNOW 0 ABOUT THE BINARY SYSTEM

        STAN LAUREL AND OLIVER HARDY

        January 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      • Yeah, despite the jobcentre going we we are still using toilet paper to wipe our arses… what gives?

        Andie Rex

        January 17, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      • Yeah, despite the jobcentre going digital we we are still using toilet paper to wipe our arses… what gives?

        Andie Rex

        January 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

  19. I wonder if IDS will be out on the campaign trail, knocking on peoples doors and spouting tory bullshit.

    I wonder if he will have his armed personal guard with him – paid for by the taxpayers of course.

    No I don’t think so, he will be far too scared to do a public walk around for fear of meeting the people who he has shit on – from a very great height.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    • He’s done his bit to make it easier for himself:

      Fears of a ‘disenfranchised generation’ after almost a million people disappear from electoral roll:

      “Hundreds of thousands of young people could miss the chance to vote in May’s general election following a change in the way people register, prompting fears of a “disenfranchised generation”.

      New figures reveal that almost one million people have gone missing from the electoral roll in the past year. Today Ed Miliband will describe it as a “scandal” and accuse the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats of denying young people a voice.”

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/fears-of-a-disenfranchised-generation-after-almost-a-million-people-disappear-from-electoral-roll-9981453.html

      This is on the front page of the I – at thirty pence and serious coverage the thoughtful unemployed person’s favourite buy.

      Andrew Coates

      January 16, 2015 at 4:26 pm

  20. All:

    I’ve just seen this posted on The Void’s latest blog. Anyone heard anything about it in their area?

    “Hasnot | January 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm | Reply

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the new signing routines that began this year, maybe this is only in scotland too. We got a slip that says:

    “IMPORTANT
    ON EACH ATTENDANCE BRING
    USER ID (TWELVE DIGIT CODE FOR UJ)
    PASSWORD
    ENSURE EMAIL ACCESS
    ACCESS UJ DAILY”

    You have to see a senior “Job-coach” who will let you log onto one of the computers there to verify your Sent emails correspond with your UJ activities before being allowed to see another person who will sign you on?!

    This is just what I was told in December but on Monday they said the system isn’t up yet so had to take my word on my activity.”

    https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/more-sanctions-on-the-way-for-claimants-with-a-mental-health-condition-in-scotland/

    jj joop

    January 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

    • They have the machines by the advisers’ desks when you sign on round here.

      Andrew Coates

      January 17, 2015 at 10:52 am

      • Yeah, never seen anyone use them though… seems to be for show. I assume the situation is simply that no one has been “trained” how to implement them in a real life scenario.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    • They have no right to access your email account or access your UJM account, you don’t have to make your cv public, and you don’t need to log in to UJM in order to jobsearch on UJM or record your jobseeking activity in UJM either – you can stilll use pen and paper, no matter what they say.

      enigma

      January 17, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      • enigma – That’s exactly what I thought. If the DWP could access your UJM account they wouldn’t bother giving you the option of being able to withhold access. I think it’s just a case of some Johnny jump-up of a work roach trying it on, as usual. I always record my jobseeking with pen and paper. I do not, and never will use the My Work plan book. Although my coachy drops hints about it every time I go in. And when I annouce myself at the podium they always ask if they can have my book. I always tell them I’ve forgotten it. it makes life so much easier.

        Parker Pyne

        January 17, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      • What’s more, you don’t even need to have an account with UJM. (I never have done) – no problem.

        enigma

        January 17, 2015 at 9:53 pm

  21. Why communicate in binary (which could be opening and closing your eyes in pattern) when you can start modulating like those old 56k modems… Pshhhkkkkkkrrrrkakingkakingkakingtshchchchchchchchcch*ding*ding*ding (?!!)

    Universal Jobmatch

    January 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

  22. rainbowwarriorlizzie

    January 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

  23. Annos

    January 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm

  24. “Government names and shames 37 National Minimum Wage offenders”

    It’s almost like they knew that Low Pay Britain Dispatches programme was coming up.

    http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/low-pay-britain-channel-4-dispatches

    Another Fine Mess

    January 20, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    • The irony was, none of those exposed in this programme were on the list of 37 above.

      Note that the poor practice regarding fake apprenticeships, where the employer underpaid staff but claimed they were “apprentices” although this was complete news to the employees…

      https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice

      Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification – from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.

      Your apprentice must:
      * work with experienced staff
      * learn job-specific skills
      * study for a work-based qualification during their working week, eg at a college or training organisation

      … didn’t meet the Governments requirement for an “apprenticeship”. (I had to check to ensure whether its mandatory for them to go to college or a “training” provider like you would with a traditional apprenticeship – or whether its a practice undertaken voluntary by the company)

      It seems if you are from overseas the same laws don’t apply – the Government turns a blind eye – totally disgusting. I get the impression that these 37 businesses above relate to non-migrants. I hope this is taken up and reviewed. More importantly, that the businesses in question are prosecuted. Maybe these workers signed an employment contract stating they were an apprentice, but if there is no qualification being worked for and lack of experienced employees training them on the job, its bogus and defrauding the taxpayer.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 20, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      • I’ve applied for semi-skilled jobs which i’m well qualified for, and then found a repaste of the the original description complete with the original spelling mistakes, but with Apprenticeship now added to the title and the pay dropped to £2.70ph. Why pay wages when you can get paid to employ ‘an apprentice’.

        Someone’s saying X-J is back on UJ.
        http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/job-centre-help/11680-same-jobs-over-and-over-ujm

        Another Fine Mess

        January 20, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      • X-jobs are, in big numbers.

        What I have noticed, excluding these agency and fake ones like Company Confidential, UK Recruitment, DAVID MILLS RECRUITMENT, reed.co.uk, CV Library, X Jobs, Jobs4 Network Limited, and FindMyDreamJob.co.uk, the real vacancies seem to be duplicate day on day, for instance the real jobs I applied for 19/01/2015 (Monday) were reposted again on 20/01/2015 (Tuesday) … same job advert, same employer, why the duplicate? Are employers doing this of DWP/Monster?

        Some significant patterns I have noticed is there is a game developer in Ipswich that is “expanding” (Ludologic I believe is one of them http://www.ludologic.com/ – you would have thought that some company with talented software programmers and HTML5 coders could create a functional website… although it is a reputable business based near the Waterfront Dock St IP2 8ET and Crown House in town) but never seems to get any staff despite constantly advertising for such jobs which include any form of programming, web design, graphic design and project administration/management.

        I also seem to notice a pattern of these agencies using popular job titles from a few years back to determine what jobs are supposedly in the area. Of course some job adverts are generic job titles posted everywhere.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 21, 2015 at 12:28 am

      • How could I forget Adzuna!! Monster is also on there too.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 21, 2015 at 12:31 am

      • You class more as fakes than I do. But, although I don’t ‘officially’ class as many of them as fakes – I wouldn’t touch them myself!

        Lud0l0gic source looks all hand written to me, and the job text seems to use strange grammar, – missing and mis-placed
        commas.

        X-Jobs are advertising one of their vancancies on UJ! JobID=12740748
        Don’t know if there are any more, stopped at the 1st 1 I found.

        Another Fine Mess

        January 22, 2015 at 2:48 am

      • same job advert, same employer, why the duplicate?

        They’ve got the get the number of listed vacancies up to 630,000 somehow!

        Another Fine Mess

        January 22, 2015 at 2:52 am


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: