The Department for Work and Pensions press office has today contacted UnemployedNet in response to an article we published on 6th March. This carried allegations made by Labour MP Frank Field that the government's Universal Jobmatch site was hosting fake jobs, duplicates and jobs that did not meet legal requirements, including not being for an "actual job or work opportunity", companies using premium rate phone numbers to make money, not paying the minimum wage and charging applicants to apply or start work.
The government's flagship universal jobmatch site has been accused of exploiting and failing unemployed people by a respected MP.
Those on Jobseeker's Allowance are forced to sign up and use the site, which carries information on jobs, as a condition of receiving the benefit.
But an investigation by Frank Field, the veteran Labour MP, has shown that more than half of all the jobs advertised on it do not meet its conditions or the law.
The commitment of unemployed people to looking for work was shown again on Wednesday when over 4,000 queued up for jobs at a new shopping centre.
The Whitely Shopping Centre in Hampshire is opening in April, and a recruitment fair at the Solent Hotel attracted the crowd, with 2,300 pre-registering.
The Hotel was so chock-a-block with jobseekers that organisers had to implement a 'one-in-one-out' policy, leaving hundreds outside in record low March temperatures.
The mall will have 56 shops, the biggest being a Harvester with 45 vacancies.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) now requires all benefit-claiming jobseekers to use its Universal Jobmatch website.
Those who refuse can be sanctioned and lose their benefits.
Universal Jobmatch is an online site that matches unemployed people with jobs.
Employers are encouraged to post all jobs on it, while jobseekers can upload their CV and receive automatic notification when a matching job is posted.
Those who do not have internet access at home will be given it at their Jobcentre where possible.
A new branch of Costa Coffee, the High Street coffee shop, is due to open shortly in Mapperley, Nottingham, and advertised for eight new staff to run it in December.
Head office staff were amazed to find 1,701 people applying for the 3 full-time and 5 part-time positions.
The recent spate of redundancies from retail chains including Jessops, HMV, Blockbuster and Comet have hit the High Street hard, although today's unemployment figures showed another fall to 2.5 million.
Jobseeker's Allowance claimants will be forced to use the government's new Universal Jobmatch site from early in the new year or face losing their benefits.
Universal Jobmatch, which launched last month, is the government's online service linking employers and jobseekers together, providing searchable job vacancy lists, a facility to upload CVs, automatic alerts for matching jobs near the unemployed user, and search facilities for employers to help them find workers.
Channel 4 news has published an article giving answers to the key questions on the new Universal Jobmatch site.
The government is promoting this site to jobseekers now, but do you have to sign up, and do you have to share your information with your advisor?
To find out more click here.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has today launched its free site linking employers and jobseekers.
Universal Jobmatch has been designed to help match the employment needs of both, allowing jobseekers to post their CVs online and employers to sort them by their skills needs.