Following on directly from my article on the DWP’s claims about benefit claimants going digital yesterday, I’m delighted to reblog this piece, discussing exactly the kind of scam I mentioned in the segment on Universal Jobmatch. The advice at the end is vitally important for anybody who doesn’t want to be mugged by a system that has been set up in a way that opens them up to exploitation – not only by the DWP but by unscrupulous criminals who claim to be employers.


Much has been written, both on this blog and elsewhere, about the serious problems with both the security of the DWP’s ‘Universal Jobmatch’ (UJ) system, and with the quality (or lack of, to be precise) of the jobs posted up there.

Many have commented that many of the jobs on the system are fake – but the DWP, via its Jobcentre Plus (JCP) centres, continues to pressure jobseekers to use it, even though they have no legal power to do so, even regularly going so far as to ‘direct’ jobseekers to do so.

Those concerns about the genuineness of jobs on UJ appear to be entirely justified, and the SKWAWKBOX has received an example which I’m posting here so that others who are being forced or pressed to use this woefully inadequate and insecure system can watch out for it and not fall into the trap.

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