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As people are already commenting Universal Jobmatch is not working, has not worked since yesterday, and is not matching the Job.

Feel free to comment further.


I can think of a few things to start with, hard to log in, hard to use, sanctions not to mention, weren’t there some kind of fraudulent jobs…

DWP draws up plans to ditch ridiculed jobs website

Universal Jobmatch likely to be jettisoned after it was found to be carrying a series of fake, repeat or fraudulent jobs ads.

The government has drawn up plans to scrap its official jobs website, Universal Jobmatch, after recognising it is too expensive and that its purpose is undermined by fake and repeat job entries, according to leaked internal communications from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).  Guardian March 2014.

A cache of documents seen by the Guardian details how the government’s main website for job hunters – which tens of thousands of unemployed people have been required by the DWP to sign up to – is likely to be jettisoned when the contract for the service comes up for renewal in two years.

A year and a half after its launch, Universal Jobmatch has been ridiculed for hosting numerous fake jobs, including one for an MI6 “target elimination specialist” and “international couriers” for CosaNostra Holdings, as well as listings for pornographic websites.



Government is making changes to its Universal Jobmatch service to stop commercial job boards uploading vacancies in bulk.

In a statement sent to Recruiter, the Department for Work and Pensions revealed it will be limiting the bulk upload of job vacancies and will only allow employers to use Universal Jobmatch directly.

Commercial job boards will also be no longer able to daily refresh adverts to prioritise vacancies, while there will also be a drive to remove the duplication of job ads.

Recruiter understands the changes have been brought about due to frustration from jobseekers being redirected to other sites, as well as dealing with duplicate adverts. Three quarters of the 1.3m ads placed on the service come from commercial job boards, while SMEs and micro employers have found their adverts lost among the sheer volume of job board ads.

It is understood job boards have been given six weeks’ notice, with the changes set to come into effect on 22 May.

Commenting on the development, Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds said the changes have been brought about after user feedback, and will mean jobseekers can navigate the site more quickly and easily.

“With around 750,000 vacancies available across the UK at any one time, Universal Jobmatch remains a useful option for jobseekers and businesses alike,” he added.


Written by Andrew Coates

April 10, 2017 at 10:13 am

Posted in DWP, Fraud, Tories

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  1. What will be the next horrible thing they’ll think up as a punishment for jobseekers.perhaps they’ll have a clock in system so we can spend all day every day there.

    Yvonne Ryder

    April 10, 2017 at 10:40 am

  2. Don’t put ideas into their heads Yvonne 🙁


    April 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm

  3. What people should be REALLY concerned about, is where their CV details have ended up, AFTER having been forced to apply for some of the ‘jobs’?!


    April 10, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    • True, I have never got any acknowledgement for jobs or any feed-back.

      All it does it register on the UJM site that you have applied.

      Absolutely nothing more.

      Frankly I dislike UJM intensely.

      Andrew Coates

      April 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      • I find it quite funny, that the site contains a massive amount of fake jobs, because most of them will be jobs through recruitment agencies, who themselves probably post 90-95% fake jobs! They do it to harvest CVs and reference information.


        April 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      • I’ve never used UJM, just used Indeed, (which is how I got both of my jobs) no need to upload your CV.on it, but DWP will tell you otherwise. as they do with UJM.


        April 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm

  4. The changes will save time for all who use it then. high time too.


    April 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    • Thing is though Enigma, the fact that many of UJs job adverts simply redirected you to other websites were grounds for not using it, or resisting requests to register. Will the fact that all vacancies on UJ will have to be applied for through UJ make it more justifiable for registering to be mandated, even though the jobs may still be available to apply for elsewhere? Or alternatively, will recruiters/job boards simply no longer bother with UJ?


      April 11, 2017 at 4:11 am

  5. Could private investors fund a new wave of hospitals? on their way.



    April 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    • Private investors such as Richard Branson of Virginia fame already provide home care and also bought up a load of sexual health clinics. Serco now are responsible for sending out the letters ordering women to report for their smear tests. It’s already started


      April 11, 2017 at 7:57 am

    • And who was behind that, if it wasn’t the dickhead Grayling who got caught out lying when he was working in welfare.

      Even if you don’t want to accept hes a liar, then you must accept hes incredibly inaccurate in his assertions.


      April 11, 2017 at 4:44 pm

  6. The biggest problems I found (as far as usability were concerned), was the sheer amount of duplication!
    You would literally be trawling through pages and pages of duplicate adverts.
    The other thing was geography. Whenever I did a location specific search, there would always be jobs included from different areas too. How on earth they managed to become included, I’ll never know!
    But the point is that searching for work is frustrating enough, without having extra issues added to that!


    April 11, 2017 at 6:54 am

  7. Carer’s leaving their jobs, – had enough of being exploited.


    April 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      • Tories and the Midas touch of turd.

        Even the least observant can clearly see whatever this government touches simply turns to crap. Teachers, doctors,nurses,support workers, the list just keeps expanding.

        Lets also not forget the gig contracts government now forces public servants to endure.

        Keep allowing government to have there way and before you know it,ex serco & G4s prison staff looking after old people while the likes of maximus play doctors and nurses in our hospitals.

        The 2000s were to be heralded as utopia yet all we see is further distopia.


        April 11, 2017 at 4:31 pm

  8. Housing associations face storm of complaints over new-build homes


    What with being routinely staved of welfare payment for housing now, is it any surprise the development market seems like a good fit in order to be able to stay afloat. Remember a basic fundamental of capitalism is “for every winner, there must be a loser” otherwise how else do you attain gain.

    Capitalism is only good when your the one gaining from it, meaning non profits can be herded where ever a government decides to ply there public funds which was away from welfare.


    April 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    • Exactly, “Housing associations’ new commercial tilt is exemplified by Notting Hill Housing, which was founded in 1964, and now owns and runs about 32,000 homes. Like many housing associations, it now partly funds its operations via commercial property development.”

      I seem to remember that the first thing they did when they took a “commercial tilt” was to award their executives massive pay.

      Andrew Coates

      April 11, 2017 at 4:58 pm

  9. I suppose you have all heard of the Work and Health Conversation – along with the new ESA claimant commitment?

    Quote: incredible that the government believed that a non-medically trained jobcentre worker would be able to “triage the most sick and disabled people via a conversation and a fit note, and hence make them subject to sanctions, two months before the claim is assessed under the WCA”.


    Green Paper

    April 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm

  10. Just seen the British heart foundation advertising for a volunteer stock sorter on indeed,WTF,thought only proper jobs were supposed to be advertised on there,effin workfare exploiting scum!


    April 11, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    • Theres more of them on there too.Volunteer,thats something the Jobcentre didnt tell people recently when they tried to fill these under work experience.


      April 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      • Ken,is your joke centre the same where at every cock roaches desk there’s a big sign saying ask about work experience!


        April 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm

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  12. Doug, old bean

    Are you Timón from The Lion King by any chance? The reason I ask is that your comprehension and elucidation abilities seem to be on a par.

    Doug/Timón: “The stars? They’re fireflies,” “stuck to that big, uh, blue-black thing up there.”

    The Lion King

    April 12, 2017 at 10:01 am

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