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‘Find a Job’ service to Replace Universal Job Match for Claimants.

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Universal Jobmatch will be replaced by the Find a job service on 14 May 2018.

Important: If you have an existing Universal Jobmatch account it will not move to the new service.

Save any information you want to keep, like your CV, cover letters and application history by 17 June 2018.

New ‘Find a Job’ service to support thousands of jobseekers into work

One of the UK’s largest recruitment websites Universal Jobmatch is to be re-named ‘Find a Job’.

The free government recruitment service – now operated by Adzuna – will continue to connect jobseekers with thousands of employers across the UK.

The change will come into effect on 14 May, and access to existing ‘Universal Jobmatch’ accounts will be available up until 17 June 2018.

The Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma, said:

With the employment rate the highest it has been since records began, I want those still looking for work around the country to have the very best opportunity to find a role that suits their needs.

Our new Find a Job service offers one of the largest free job search functions out there – and with a near record number of vacancies, there are plenty to choose from.

The service will offer jobseekers and employers a simpler and more streamlined way to log in and access their information. The site will continue to allow jobseekers to search for work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Through the creation of an account, they will be able to track their activity, create tailored job alerts and store multiple CVs, to ensure their applications are the best they can be when applying for roles.

Following a competitive procurement process, Adzuna has been providing the new service from early 2018. The site will offer a faster, more efficient experience. A more powerful search using Adzuna’s technology will match jobseekers to employers’ available roles quickly and effectively.

The unemployment rate (4.2%) has not been lower since 1975 and the number of people out of work is down by 136,000 compared to a year ago. This shows the enormous progress that is being made to help even more people benefit from being in work.

This change will incur no extra cost for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Our Newshounds  (JS, j joop, ken, and othershave been on the trail of this new scam.

So it’s true then. But is Find-a-Job going to be mandatory and an integral part of Universal Credit? Universal Jobmatch was originally built as a means to police the job seeking activity of Universal Credit claimants, allowing anybody, anywhere, with the right permission, to scrutinise the activities of every claimant on UJM online hence the logging of applications and compromising questions like “Or, tell us why you don’t wish to apply for this job” which appears on the advert for every vacancy on UJM. Such things are obvious tripwires created expressly to catch people out and get them sanctioned for not applying for some vacancy, or other, without good reason. My bet is that the “Find a job” site will be more of the same, just tarted up with a new front end, but Universal Jobmatch at its core and that most of us will carry on going straight to Indeed.co.uk to look for work unless forced to do otherwise.

Besides being ugly and unfriendly for users good employers stopped advertising on UJM years ago.

Why should Find-a-Job be any different?

Percy S.

Universal Jobmatch was supposed to allow Work Coaches (or anybody else) to “communicate” with “jobseekers” and blitz them with idiotic and unsuitable jobs to apply for. I denied the DWP access and haven’t been bothered while a friend of mine allowed them unrestricted access and got sent shitloads of low-paid part-time vacancies, miles away from where he lived, e.g., replenishment staff (shelf stackers) with a supermarket, working five days a week, from 8.00pm to 9.00pm, for £7.50 ph, with a two hour commute and had to explain why he didn’t apply for them. Here’s the reason: Being on Universal Credit meant that 63% of the £7.50 earned per day was deducted from his benefits, leaving him with £2.78; as his bus fare was £4.60 return he would have been £1.83 out of pocket and that was before his Council Tax contribution got tweaked upwards!

You’ve hit the nail on the head about the policing aspect of Universal Jobmatch.

Quote: “The new service offers an easy, streamlined process for both jobseekers and employers to log in and access their information. The site will continue to allow jobseekers to search for work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Through the creation of an account, they will be able to track their activity, create tailored job alerts and store multiple CVs, to ensure their applications are the best they can be when applying for roles.”

I’m guessing the Jobcentre will try and tell you creating an account will be mandatory. Has anyone put in an FOI request for the toolkit?


I was talking to my Work Coach today and she said the Find-a-Job will be different and have a different logon using an email address and password, same as most other sites use. She didn’t know much else about it or how it will differ from or be similar to the vile Universal Jobmatch. I wonder if users will have the power to delete their accounts and data? With Universal Jobmatch you had to ask for your account to be deleted or stop using it and wait for it to expire and auto-delete after eighteen months I think it was. She also said that in my area “we” would be switching over to the “full digital service” where you are supposed to report changes in your circumstances and such like be means of an online “Journal”.

Universal Credit looks set to be a bigger scandal than the Windrush farrago.

Percy S.

Seasoned commentator Superted says,

wow so the new find a job service is going to do what every job site does now anyway and provide links to apply for jobs on another web site.

if ur not mandated to use it via a job seekers direction and create a account why even bother to use it in the first place lol.

Adzuna will laughing all the way to the bank, yet another service that is not needed and more tax payers money down the drain.

Expert advice from Ken,

Adzuna will laughing all the way to the bank, yet another service that is not needed and more tax payers money down the drain.

I think you are correct superted.Universal Jobmatch was a tired site often with multiple ad’s placed by the same company.I found the amount of times it said I couldn’t apply because I had applied before was enormous at least more looked to have been viewed lately.

None of this is going to overcome barriers to work such as health age and lack of experience even down to own transport.Being out of work for long periods is extreamly common these days also.Agencies want people who are at immediate call,jump straight into a car to work odd hours.It amounts to caught in the benefits trap.

What kind of jobs will they circulate?

Here are some of the latest top-tips from the Adzua Blog:

Developer Evangelist, Chef Ninja, Data Wrangler, Play Planner.


The Deadliest Jobs in The UK – 2018.

And, today’s job:

Eyebrow Expert – Liverpool


Benefit Cosmetics UK – Brow Expert Stunning lashes and beautiful brows aren’t too much to ask for, are they? We don’t think so. Which is why, alongside our best-selling products, we have Brow Bar Experts like you making our customers look amazing. From The …JOBSWORTH: £18,328 P.A.?

What is the company behind the pretentious name?

Private company
Industry Internet, Job search engine
Founded April 2011
Founder Doug Monro and Andrew Hunter
Headquarters LondonUnited Kingdom
Area served
Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA
Products Jobs, Property, Cars
Services Classifieds search
Number of employees
c. 50
Website Adzuna.co.uk

Adzuna is a search engine for job advertisements. The company operates in 16 countries worldwide and the UK website aggregates job, property and car ads from several hundred sources.

Adzuna was founded in 2011 by Andrew Hunter, former head of marketing of Gumtree and VP of marketing at Qype, and Doug Monro, former MD of Gumtree and COO of Zoopla. The beta site was launched in April 2011 with £300,000 seed investment from Passion Capital and Angel Investors, followed by a public press launch in July 2011.[13][14][15] In January 2012, Adzuna announced further investment of £500,000 from Index Ventures and The Accelerator Group to expand into other verticals and countries.[16] In April 2013, Adzuna raised a further £1M from the same investors.[17] In July 2015, Adzuna raised an additional £2M from over 500 investors via a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. [18]

Adzuna was named by Startups.co.uk as one of the top 20 UK startups of 2011,[19] and by V3 Magazine as one of the top ten up-and-coming UK technology startups of 2013.[20] In the same year it was also listed by Wired as one of the top 10 startups in London[21] and in 2015 was named to UK government agency Tech City’s ‘Future Fifty’ high growth startups accelerator.[22]

In January 2014, Fairfax Media announced a joint venture with Adzuna in Australia to challenge the job board market leader there, SEEK.[23]In September 2017, Adzuna announced the relaunch of improved ‘ValueMyCV’.[24]

Written by Andrew Coates

April 28, 2018 at 10:11 am

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    April 28, 2018 at 11:44 am

  2. Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.


    April 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm

  3. Reblogged on disabledsingleparent


    April 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm

  4. No need to wait until 18 May. Find a job is up and running NOW 🙂


    Find a Job

    April 28, 2018 at 3:49 pm

  5. You would have to look back at my post i put on here ages ago but Adzuna portals through many sites and thus trafficking your sent personal CV into the hands of of loads of other sites your not registered to who now have access to your personal data consented to via a click (implied consent).
    If i remember i located jobs that went through around 6 job websites before it hit the actual website it was suppose to for the application to be made.

    This company or who is running the show seriously exploits how they spread your personal data and i strongly urge to proceed carefully.

    This is not a jobsite, its a search engine site whose search parameter is other sites advertising jobs, the two are not the same so DWPs original request to mandate claimants to sign up to be eligible for benefits is now in legal question.

    DWP via mandate are by law considered to be processing as they are saying its integral to the administering/operation of their service/product and as such must act as data controller.

    Now i currently dont see explained here whether or not Adzuna is taking over the operation of the existing UJ and keeping it in place, changing the front end to just make it a big old link to their existing website or will be closing it down and DWP mandating to go over to the other adzuna existing site entirely.

    People must understand and this applies to UJ,why apply through a site to only end up on another site you have to register with inorder to apply for a job. No company in the course of their business (this includes vacancies) has any legal expectation of privacy and as such much advertise themselves even if you are just trafficking through if they have the capability to capture your data regardless of whether or not they intend to.

    Again just like the existing UJ, DWP cannot show merit for the course of application why it is necessary for you to register with the UJ site if the claimant has to re-register again to apply on another site (most jobs are from other jobsites/recruitment agencies). This demonstrates clearly they cannot safe guard your data besides it being on UJ and that it is your decision that must be of freely given consent under the rule of the law whether or not it leaves the site DWP claim responsibility over as data controller.

    While they don’t need your consent when an exemption applies, they cannot under law apply that same exemption to you in cases where you are the actual sender. It is your right under law to abstain as you see fit and do not become required to have to explain why to DWP as that is personal data not required for them to provide a service as a second party. That is data clearly outside of any agreement you have with DWP on data processing meaning they must first seek your consent to process this new data and thus cannot apply force,threat or deception to obtain it. When making a data processing agreement a business,even government department cannot make it include any personal data that has yet to exist unless when existing they first gain lawful consent given of free will.

    This matter is not as straight forward as it may appear and thus lead to confusion on the part of the claimant so learn the data rules carefully and concisely.


    April 29, 2018 at 11:48 am

    • Most of the data is stored in the cloud these days, which makes me wonder where the servers are being used to store the data. Are they in the UK, Europe or overseas? I seem to remember the government claiming that all DWP data would be stored in the UK, which cannot be guaranteed when cloud computing is the order of the day. How long will it be before the system is hacked and/or compromised?

      Percy S.

      April 29, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      • Put a limit to the info on your CV before using Find a job or any other recruitment site.


        April 30, 2018 at 9:29 am

      • Thing is I think it may be illegal to have your personal data stored in cloud servers abroad without your consent. If this is happening with Universal Credit/Universal Jobmatch/Find-aJob because the DWP has not revealed to you that your data will be stored overseas and received your explicit consent the DWP may be, yet again, acting illegally.

        Percy S.

        April 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      • percy s

        why dont you ask them ur self 😉


        April 30, 2018 at 3:03 pm

  6. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.


    April 29, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    • The Jobcentre are deceptive. In fact if you look at guidance given to Jobcentre staff they are ordered to be deceptive, or at least economical with the truth. In a better world every claimant would have, in print, details of what they could and couldn’t do and what was and was not compulsory. These days unless you ask you may never know what is and is not mandatory, and if you don’t say “no” explicitly you get put down as a “yes” and have God knows what extra included in your claimant commitment, which, almost always, claimants sign without reading because in Jobcentres they get hurried on and never have time to scrutinise the detail.

      It is wrong not to tell people if/when they can refuse something and even threaten them with bogus sanctions unless they change their minds which I bet will happen when Jobcentre staff try to compel members of the public to sign up for Find-a-Job and make use of its “facilities”. People should be fully and properly informed about their rights and what can be demanded of them.

      The DWP are not honest, are in fact a disgrace in respect to honesty and transparency are concerned.


      Liars rule us, no matter what their party.

      Percy S.

      April 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      • i stopped listing to jcp staff long time ago if i want a question asked ill use a foi request via what do they know as it is the only way to get the truth.

        and ever since the first work programme and even b4 this none of it was mandatory bar saying this on there letters and then saying we may sanction you if you dont have a good reason.

        the good reason being that these are 3rd party’s for profit and under law i dont have to contract with them and give them joinder to process my data as well.

        its contract law, its not mandatory no matter what the dwp say.

        the reason they wont tell you the truth is it makes it a lot more easy to manipulate ppl to there out right lies to dump you down a provider and then 6 months later you find ur self working as a slave down tesco for 6 months.

        well you did sign that contract ;).

        if you dont stand up for ur self and your rights the dwp will do what they like with ppl and sanction the crap out of them.


        April 29, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      • @ superted

        But isn’t it pretty awful really? Basically the Jobcentre and DWP are concealing information from claimants in order to make them do things that they don’t have to do or trip them up and sanction them. This is not a way that a respectable department of government should be behaving. You know as well as I do that people are afraid to stick up for themselves because they are afraid that if they seem unwilling to play ball with Jobcentre staff they will be penalised or punished, or because they are too trusting and believe that Jobcentre staff are honest well-meaning people who have their best interests at heart and mean them no harm, which definitely 100% isn’t true these days.

        I think we all need more information about Find-a-Job, although it’s hard to imagine that is could be worse than the absolutely useless and bloody awful Universal Jobmatch. We definitely need to understand how far Find-a-Job goes in snooping on us, whether it is mandatory or not, and how integrated it is with Universal Credit: we already know that we do not have to post a CV on our Universal Credit journal accounts, nor is it compulsory to use the journal to make a record of job-seeking activities, which is good. But we do need to find out how Find-a-Job fits into the picture. And finding out will, as usual, be like getting blood out of a stone.

        Percy S.

        April 30, 2018 at 9:05 am

      • Percy S.

        As far as the Jobcentre are concerned, “Social Cleansing” is the only game in town. Their sole purpose is to drive as many people of benefits as they can by whatever means possible. Lying by omission is their chief tool.

        jj joop

        April 30, 2018 at 10:10 am

      • Its surprising they are still trying to get people on ESA despite the public political face.There are some hard problems people do face in jobcentres many are are stuck in that situation for often years again for many reasons.


        May 1, 2018 at 7:28 am

      • Glasgow lawyer suing DWP over disability discrimination in case believed to be a Scottish first

        Daniel Donaldson believes his case, if successful, will open the floodgates for other disabled people to do the same.


        I carn’t think why!


        May 1, 2018 at 7:42 am

      • Most people when they say ‘disabled’ they mean physically incapacitated, stuck in a wheelchair etc. But in this case Mr Donaldson states that he is suffering from ‘depression’. Not quite the same thing, is it? And why would anyone need more taxpayers cash (PIP) to help with ‘depression’. What extra expenses does ‘depression’ incur? Cases like these don’t really do the cause of the (genuinely) disabled any good. He is also legally qualified, is a practising solicitor and clearly has the mental capacity to launch court action against the DWP. Hardly the actions of someone who was ‘incapacitated’ through ‘depression’; generally ‘depressed’ people can’t even be bothered to get out of bed in the morning never mind take on the might of the DWP.


        May 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      • Never trust doctors either if you’re female. We gave been misled for years over cancer screening with meds withheld until we submit to cervical scraping and mammograms. Some have been told it’s compulsory too


        May 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      • @ Goliath

        Obviously you Philistines have never had dealings with the mentally ill. Depression in its clinical form renders people incapacitated, so much so that drawing a breath becomes a herculean effort for them. Many people so afflicted need prescribed medicines from physicians to enable them to maintain some functionality and not commit suicide to avoid the torment clinical depression wreaks. A truly depressed person is as incapacitated during the depression as a person paralysed; it is not something that can be “got over” or “put up with” or something that people can “snap out of” because it is caused most times by an actual physical imbalance of neuro-chemicals in the brain. Depression is not feeling “down” or “sad” or “tired” or “blue” or “moody” and is totally incapacitating when full-blown.

        Be off with you now, oaf, before I’m tempted to get my sling!



        May 1, 2018 at 3:17 pm

  7. Legal Action

    April 30, 2018 at 7:13 am

    • Do you have to keep going on about cervical scraping, they are called smear tests if you must!


      May 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      • It makes me rather nauseous.


        May 2, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      • It makes me rather nauseous too.


        May 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm

  8. Why many are homeless.

    Rent costs full-time workers every penny earned until May



    April 30, 2018 at 10:30 am

    • whoknew: Oh dear, here we go again. Kindly stay on message will you, whoknew. Or should I address you by your real name – enigma! (Oh lord of the food banks, dispenser of alms to the needy, etc). This blog happens to be about Find a Job replacing Universal Jobmatch, you knucklehead.

      son of sen

      April 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

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    April 30, 2018 at 10:55 am

    • This also applies to you as well, CAG.

      son of sen

      April 30, 2018 at 11:38 am

  10. We are often told how badly disabled people are treated by the Government, how little they receive to live on, how they are reliant and foodbanks. Well, here is one disabled person on ESA/PIP who is asking for advice on how to spend their excess cash since they keep going over the £6,000 which they are allowed in savings before it affects their benefit. It is now the kind of ‘problem’ you ever see anyone on JSA with 😉

    “Re: My Savings have gone over £6000 ?

    Hi all

    I’m in a similar situation. On ESA and PIP. I’ve had a difficult time lately and have taken my eye off the ball with respect to my account balance. Yesterday I checked and it was over 6k: in fact it has been so since the turn of this year. The amount by which I’ve been over the threshold has fluctuated: at the moment I’m about 1k over but at worst I’ve been 2.5k over. I’m mortified.

    I want to write to the DWP (and my Council, regarding HB) and come clean and apologise for the oversight, but I’m worries about what this might bring. Does anyone have any idea what may happen?

    Also, I wondered if I should provide historical bank statements to show details of the overpaymenticon? I don’t really like the idea of the DWP trawling through what is my private inf, but I guess they can request, or otherwise get hold of, this info anyway. I’m concerned that the DWP could use details from my statements to concoct a reason to reassess me.

    I guess the other option is to keep quiet, spend some money and get the amount down below 6k … though this doesn’t make me feel comfortable either, and of course I cannot keep doing this, not being a lavish spender and not wanting much ‘stuff’.

    One other thing: yesterday (daftly) I rang a local advice service (I’ve never used them before), giving details of my issue and my real name. They said they’d ring me back but when they did so all they did was talk about a possible future appointment. Only afterwards did I think – are these advice services trustworthy, and are they under obligation to breach confidentiality and pass on details to the DWP when there is a case that could be seen as fraud? Anyone know? Or am I just feeling paranoid?”


    April 30, 2018 at 10:55 am

  11. Why can’t you post a link to a website on this site!?


    April 30, 2018 at 10:57 am

  12. If you are receiving ESA and PIP based on the correct information, then you don’t have much to worry about. You would have been paid benefit based on your details.

    If you don’t spend benefit income and allow money to increase above £6k, again not too much to worry about. Above £6k ESA income based benefit would assume 1.8% (approx) interest. PIP is not affected. With Housing Benefit, it would depend on the council authorities reduction scheme rules and you should be able to find these details online.

    I would suggest you spend some of it on essentials. E.g any kitchen appliances that might need changing, a new heating bolier, new carpet, any equipment you might need to help with any disability, paying off any debts you might have.

    I doubt you would be asked to supply bank statements unless you contacted DWP or the council. I would not worry about the local advice service as they would have responsibility to keep your information confidential.

    Just make sure you get your savings down below £6k and don’t allow them to go above this amount for over a month.

    If you are on ESA contributions based benefit then your savings are not an issue at all.


    Many thanks Uncle B.

    I think I might find it difficult to spend on essentials – I rent, so a lot of the furnishings and the boiler etc are provided by the landlord.

    With regard to the advice service: when I hover over the highlighted word ‘confidentialicon’ in your post, a box comes up which say –
    “Most lawyers and para-legals wouldn’t know a duty of confidence if it rose up and bit them on the bum” – I think I probably spoke with someone at a lower level professionally than this, eg an adviser;
    “Wrong-doings can not be protected by confidentiality, regardless of agreement” – so surely if I know I’ve been overpaidicon and don’t declare it, that’s a wrong-doing?

    Thanks again.


    DWP would deal with it a civil matter and the same with the council. Generally it is people deliberately defrauding the system they go after. These are people claiming benefits saying they are not working and then earning money from work, without declaring it.

    Going over a savings limit while on benefits is an administrative issue.


    This is my last response. If you are on ESA and PIP, it is unlikely DWP would contact you to ask for Bank statements. If they did, they would simply deduct interest (about 1.8% for the amount exceeding £6k) from your ESA income related benefit for the period you had savings above £6k.

    You do realise that there are a few million benefit claimants and they are not watching The Affiliated. Normally DWP and councils contact benefit claimants when they are advised of a change of circumstances.

    Sounds like you are having an anxiety attack and you should talk to a friend or relative to rationslise your thoughts. Stop looking around online making yourself more anxious.


    April 30, 2018 at 11:00 am

  13. Coates! Get a fucking haircut!


    April 30, 2018 at 11:38 am

  14. ‘AD-zuna’ is one of those sites that you ‘bounce through’ on your way to which ever ‘job-board’ you ‘land’ on eventually.

    ujm no more

    April 30, 2018 at 11:45 am

  15. Like a ‘man-in-the-middle’ site

    ujm no more

    April 30, 2018 at 11:47 am

    • Could be a woman/LGBTQX in the middle!

      Di Versity

      April 30, 2018 at 11:50 am

  16. One less tory b*stard a few hundred more to go.


    April 30, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    • I wish it was Esther McVey.


      April 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      • So do I 😉


        April 30, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    • Dudd was always the word with her.


      May 1, 2018 at 7:30 am

      • Amber Crud 😀

        The Crud Family

        May 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      • Amber Fudd 😀

        Elmer J. Fudd

        May 1, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      • Amber Fudd

        Elmer J. Fudd

        May 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

  17. Dundee’s two MPs have called on the roll-out of Universal Credit to be stopped after research found foodbank use has rocketed in areas where the new benefit has been introduced.

    New research has found that foodbank use had risen by 52% in areas where it is in place – four times higher than the increase in areas where it has yet to be rolled out.



    May 1, 2018 at 7:35 am

  18. Based on the Windrush and Universal Credit scandals one might think that the government didn’t know what it was doing. In which case God alone knows what the final result of Brexit might bring. Try not to shit yourselves.

    Off the Wrist

    May 1, 2018 at 7:59 am

  19. Keep your eyes on any answer to the FOI request below:


    (“Adzuna’s Find-A-Job technology: Jobcentre Work ‘Coach’ user account access and social security entitlement, disallowance and sanction”)

    Off the Wrist

    May 2, 2018 at 8:03 am

  20. Universal jobmatch is closing thank goodness and being replaced by a new service find a job let see how long before fake jobs will be posted on that site. My job advisor told me the old site was a load of rubbish having the same jobs being posted months later and when you try to apply for the job it comes back no longer available job been filled etc.
    The new site will it meet the new data laws coming soon. I must asked the questions about reed in partnership if I am not happy I am out. My advisor is already emailing how I heard anything about the jobs I applied for.


    May 8, 2018 at 4:02 pm

  21. Has anyone found a new website called find a job or is it just a case of registering on the Adzuna website? If you are still on JSA will your work coach need access to the site or will you have to record your job efforts on paper?
    I have had no information from anyone at the job centre and the new service is only four days away.
    UJM wasn’t very good but at least it was easy to use. Even those fake jobs allowed us to make those job totals up when real jobs were no available.


    May 10, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    • Unless you are forced to create an account just use it like Indeed.co.uk – apply without storing your details on the site and/or jump off to other sites to apply. Best not to divulge personal details to any website unless you have to and not to log on to any site in a way that allows you to be identified and tracked. The site is starting up next week and nobody has asked my to create an account or use the site yet. Let’s hope it stays that way and Fin-a-Job will be voluntary. It’s very odd that so little has been revealed about the new site. As far as I know the site hasn’t been piloted or trialled anywhere, unlike Universal Jobmatch which was rolled out with a lot of fanfare before being deserted by good employers and jobseekers alike.


      May 11, 2018 at 6:35 am

      • You know what is going to happen though. Jobseekers are going to be mandated/directed to sign up to Find a Job and to produce a print-out of the activity log at each sign on. They will be expected to explain why they weren’t logged on on a particular day/time, why they weren’t searching for 35 hours a week, why they didn’t look at a particular vacancy, why they looked at a particular vacancy but didn’t apply, expected to produce proof of off-line apps… this activity logging is much, much worse than the old ujm (RiP). Be careful what you wish for an all that.

        Chinese Curse

        May 14, 2018 at 10:04 am

      • You don’t have to log any personal details on it, so they have craftily skirted around the GDPR. It is just a pure tracking device now.

        Chinese Curse

        May 14, 2018 at 10:07 am

  22. Is this the new replacement for Universal Jobmatch?



    May 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

    • Yep 😀 Indeedy doodly it is 😀

      Krusty the Jobcentre Clown

      May 14, 2018 at 9:53 am

  23. I just created an account on the new Find a Job service site but not yet uploaded anything. I noticed that you can only upload a CV but can’t create one on the site or it appears copy and paste one directly. I also couldn’t record anything in the activity section. It appears to only log the number of searches and jobs you apply for. It doesn’t allow you to make any comments. I will continue to record details in UJM while it’s operational until I eventually upload a CV onto the site. I did a quick search of job vacancies on the Find a Job site and it had 41 jobs in my locality. 39 of them from just two employers, eteach and the stonegate pub company. I tried the UJM search and it still has new jobs being added. Although many are false, it did appear to have some genuine ones.


    May 14, 2018 at 11:44 am

    • 9/10 of the jobs on find a job are from the Stonegate Pub company 😉 Must be having a recruitment drive 😀


      May 14, 2018 at 11:46 am

      • or = DWP 😉


        May 14, 2018 at 11:47 am

    • It records the jobs you view, but can be a bit ‘flaky’ at times 😉


      May 14, 2018 at 11:48 am

    • It also records the what and where of what you search for. All with a date/time stamp 😉


      May 14, 2018 at 11:50 am

  24. I noticed that when I pulled the menu down on the top right of my mobile phone I had a blueish logo next to the word “share”.
    Never seen it before and I’ve had this phone for over three years. It appeared after I had been on the new site. I managed to remove it only after removing all stored data on google. Hopefully it wasn’t intended to snoop but it didn’t appear when I used UJM in the past.

    Robert Long

    May 14, 2018 at 1:36 pm

  25. Jobseekers are now expected to, “MUST” open an account with Find a Job and upload a CV.

    Word on the Street

    May 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm

  26. universal jobmatch will be closing its doors just in the nick of time before it becomes ILLEGAL in the UK lol

    Perfect Timing

    May 14, 2018 at 3:47 pm

  27. even with ujm all the dwp could do is give you a job seeker direction to open a account and then prove it with screen shots that it has been done, and all it says on the cc is to check the site for jobs and thats about it.

    as long as you are applying for jobs and can prove this it dont matter what site you use and you sure as hell dont have to give the dwp permission to look at ur ujm account as thats ur data and up to you.

    given the ujm site was not compatible with the new gdpr and scrapped i cant see the new service being mandatory to open a account as it is just like every other job site.

    the foi request have been posted so we will know sooner or later.


    May 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    • worried, ted? pmsl


      May 14, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      • nope 😉


        May 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm

  28. Not loving findajob website so far, have I heard from any of the jobs I applied for, no.


    June 23, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    • It’s crap innit? There’s hardly any jobs on there for my area.


      June 23, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    • Me neither. Not one.

      Andrew Coates

      June 24, 2018 at 10:17 am

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