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13 September 2013
Annex A 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Mr Davies,   
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 29 August 2013 which has been 
copied below along with our response. 
 
Please provide the latest, complete version of the UJM Toolkit. 
 
Copies of all four Chapters are included in Annexes 1 to 4 of this letter. 
 
Also, there is rumour that the Claimant Commitment, possibly from October, will introduce 
mandatory registration with UJM for ALL jobseekers. Please provide any legislation and 
guidelines which substantiate this rumour. 
 
From October, the position relating to mandating claimants to create a profile and public CV 
within Universal Jobmatch remains unchanged. Therefore, the information you requested is 
not held by this Department. 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
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Annex 1 
 

Chapter 01 - Overview 
Background  
1.  Universal Jobmatch (UJ) is available to all people looking for work whether they are 
claiming benefits or in work. Although staff in Jobcentres usually deal with people claiming 
benefits, this chapter uses the term jobseekers throughout to reflect UJ terminology. This 
terminology also means employers/businesses are called companies and individuals that work 
in the companies are called recruiters. Therefore: 
  Company – the organisation/business that wishes to advertise job postings on UJ. 
  Recruiter – the individual employed by the company that performs actions (for example, 
uploads a job posting) within the service on behalf of that company.   
2.  The service is part of DWP’s Digitalisation Programme, it forms a key component of our 
commitment to providing easy online access to Government services. It is available in English 
and Welsh and enables: 
  individual jobseekers to create a personal account and CV, detailing their work 
requirements, skills, experience, preferences and job search history;  
  companies to have the facility to manage their own accounts online, at a time to suit 
them, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;  
  an automatic match of jobseekers and jobs, with notification as a minimum by email to 
companies and jobseekers;  
  richer information on job search activity to inform adviser intervention strategies and 
skills demand;  
  feedback on the service by companies, jobseekers and DWP; and 
  better information available for jobseekers and DWP staff to understand skills gaps.  
Objectives/Scope 
3.  Universal Jobmatch (UJ) is a web based job posting and matching service. The service: 
  Is a ‘managed service’ and is accessed by jobseekers via GOV.UK, by companies via 
GOV.UK (replaced Business Link, Business Gateway and Business Wales) or by DWP 
staff via an icon on the DWP desktop. 
  Replaced the following existing DWP IT services, ERM, EDon, Job Warehouse, VTS and 
Jobs & Skills.  
  Modernises the delivery of our employment services, aimed at making us the online job 
site of choice for companies/recruiters. 
  Improves our credibility with companies by matching suitable jobseekers to their job 
postings and providing additional HR and recruitment support.  
4.  It is not a replacement for LMS but it replaces the employer records and vacancy 
functionality on LMS. All jobs and employer records are held on the new service. All existing 
LMS jobseeker functionality remain. 
Benefits for companies 
5. Universal Jobmatch (UJ): 

  Provides companies with a job matching service which incurs no cost (but usual internet 
provider’s charges apply) at the point of contact. 
  Is accessed by companies via GOV.UK (replaced Business Link, Business Gateway and 
Business Wales) and the service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
  Enables companies to post their own jobs, amend closing dates/job details, invite 
applicants to interviews, which removes the need for DWP staff intervention. Although 
companies claiming an exception to the Equality Act when posting jobs still require 
DWP intervention.  
  Allows companies to run jobseeker searches before they post a live job on UJ to test the 
labour market. This provides an anonymised list of candidates that match their search 
criteria ranked (out of a score of 10) by best match first. 
  Enables companies to invite jobseekers to apply online for their jobs and provides a 
service that allows them to manage their recruitment online. 
Benefits for jobseekers  
6.  Universal Jobmatch (UJ) allows jobseekers to: 
  Create a personalised account which allows them to upload their CV and profile, or help 
them to create one. 
  Receive ongoing job matches to their profile, or their specified job search criteria or run 
‘anonymous’ job searches if they have not created an account. 
  Work more closely with their personal adviser to identify any skills gaps. 
  Select any one of their CVs saved in their UJ account and send it online through the 
service where this is the company’s preferred method of application. 
  Record any details about other job searches they do so that all their jobsearch activity is 
held in one place.   
  Search for jobs in Europe or Internationally. 
7.  More detailed information on how jobseekers use UJ can be found in Chapter 2 of this 
toolkit. 
Benefits for DWP staff 
8.  Universal Jobmatch (UJ) provides staff with: 
  A view of the jobseeker’s UJ account, enabling advisers with the jobseeker’s consent, to 
check their account history, view actions against matches, view company feedback, 
review application history and any highlighted skills gaps. 
  Opportunities to focus time with the jobseeker to optimise CVs and identify skills gaps 
and make best use of the automated job search and matching service. 
  More time to target the help they give to ‘harder to help’ jobseekers.  
  Improved Management Information to help target support for companies and jobseekers. 
9.  More detailed information on how DWP staff use UJ can be found in Chapter 3 of this 
toolkit. 
 

Annex 2 
 
Chapter 02 – Jobseekers  
Jobseeker creates an account   
1.  Universal Jobmatch (UJ) is available to all people looking for work whether they are 
claiming benefits or in work. Although staff in Jobcentres usually deal with people claiming 
benefits, this chapter uses the term jobseekers throughout to reflect UJ terminology unless 
a specific reference to claimants is required. This terminology also means 
employers/businesses are called companies and individuals that work in the companies are 
called recruiters. Therefore: 
  Company – the organisation/business that wishes to advertise job postings on UJ. 
  Recruiter – the individual employed by the company that performs actions (for example, 
uploads a job posting) within the service on behalf of that company.   
2.  If the jobseeker already has a Government Gateway account all they need to do is access 
www.gov.uk/jobsearch and select the ‘Login to Universal Jobmatch’ link which will launch 
the ‘Universal Jobmatch Login’ page. The jobseeker then simply enters their ‘User ID’ and 
‘Password’ and selects ‘Log in’.  
3.  If the jobseeker does not have a Government Gateway Account, they will need to create 
one in order to receive the full benefits of UJ. This means they will need a Government 
Gateway User ID and password. To do this they will need to access www.gov.uk/jobsearch 
and select the ‘Register with Universal Jobmatch’ link. This will launch the ‘Register for a 
Government Gateway account’ page.  
4.  The jobseeker then needs to input their first name(s), surname, email address and enter a 
password. The email address must be a unique address. For example, two jobseekers in 
the same house cannot use the same email address.     
5.  When they have done this, the service provides the jobseeker with confirmation of 
successful registration and their Government Gateway User ID. For example, this will look 
like - 4965 5695 4585. You must advise the jobseeker to make a note of this number 
because they will need this and the password they entered to access UJ.   
6.  The service also displays a page which tells the jobseeker they will receive an e-mail in the 
address they provided which describes how to verify their email address. To complete this 
process, the jobseeker needs to select the link provided in the email or to paste it into the 
browser address bar. 
7.  When they have done this, a confirmation message tells the jobseeker that the email 
address provided has been verified and is now linked to their Government Gateway 
Account. All the steps to create a Government Gateway Account and access UJ have now 
been completed and the jobseeker is now able to select the ‘Log in’ button from the UJ 
homepage.  
8.  The UJ Login page now appears and the jobseeker must enter their User ID and password 
they created from the Government Gateway registration process. The first time a jobseeker 
logs into their account they are directed to the ‘Profile’ page in order set up their Profile. 
During completion, the jobseeker must tick a box to confirm they have read the Universal 
Jobmatch Standards of Behaviour.  
9.  The jobseeker also has the option to: 
  Authorise DWP to view their account; and 

  Receive messages from DWP.     
10. They must also agree to complete the mandatory EIQ (Equality Impact Questionnaire) 
although if they do not wish to disclose any information they can select the ‘Prefer not to 
say’ option throughout the questionnaire.  
11. Once they have completed the questionnaire the jobseeker gets a message on screen to 
tell them the account set up is complete and when they select the ‘Continue’ button the 
jobseeker is now presented with their homepage.   
Jobseeker does not create an account 
12. Jobseekers that do not create an account will only be able to use Universal Jobmatch (UJ) 
to conduct anonymous job searches. To do this they will need to access 
www.gov.uk/jobsearch and enter a Job title and/or Town, place or postcode and/or Skills in 
the search fields and select ‘Search’.  
13. JSA claimants will be encouraged to register and create an account by personal advisers 
and assistant advisers who will explain the benefits to claimants of creating a profile and 
public CV in UJ. Further guidance on how advisers and assistant advisers will do this can 
be found in Chapter 3 of this toolkit.   
14. However, where attempts to persuade JSA claimants to create a profile and public CV have 
failed, a Jobseeker’s Direction can be used to mandate them to do so in appropriate 
circumstances. Further guidance on how and when JSA claimants can be mandated to 
create a profile and public CV can be found in Chapter 3 of this toolkit. 
Jobseeker account set up complete 
15. When the jobseeker has completed their profile and set up their account they can view their 
Account Homepage which includes screens/pages about their: 
  Alerts received.  
 Messages from companies. 
 Saved Jobs. 
 Recommended Jobs. 
 Saved Searches. 
  CVs created and saved. 
 Application History.  
 Activity History. 
16. The full web page for each of these screens/pages can be accessed by clicking on the 
‘View All’ link.  
Alerts 
17. This page contains various alerts which tell the jobseeker about actions they need to take 
such as to: 
  apply for a job which is soon to close; 
 complete a CV; 
  reply about an interview offered by a company; 
  update saved searches to enable more results to be returned; 
  reply to a job which has been e-mailed to them. 

Messages 
18. This page contains messages which include feedback from companies and invitations to 
apply for jobs. It will also include messages from DWP staff. 
19. Feedback from companies (which is a voluntary action) will, for example, tell the jobseeker: 
  They do not have the skills for the job; 
  The job is on hold; 
  They do not have sufficient experience for the position. 
20. Messages from DWP staff may, for example, be from their adviser asking the jobseeker to 
contact them about their CV. They will do this using the Caseloading functionality in UJ.     
21. Invitations to apply for jobs can be identified from the list of messages as they will have a 
‘flag’ next to the description.    
Saved Jobs 
22. This page contains details of all jobs saved by the jobseeker and all jobs saved by DWP 
staff. Jobs saved by DWP staff can be identified from the list as ‘Jobs saved by your 
adviser’
 and they will have a blue circle next to the job to inform the claimant of this.  
23. Jobseekers will be able to view the full job details and take action to either apply for or 
delete the job.  
NOTE: Jobseekers will not be able to delete jobs recorded as ‘Jobs saved by your adviser’. If 
they try to do this, a warning message appears in Red which says, ‘You cannot delete a job 
saved by DWP. Ask DWP if you want the job to be removed.’
   
Recommended Jobs 
24. This page contains details of jobs which have been automatically matched by Universal 
Jobmatch from the information recorded by the jobseeker in the ‘Skills I want to be matched 
against’ field from within their Profile page.    
Saved Searches 
25. This page contains details of all job searches that the jobseeker has saved so they can be 
easily accessed later. Up to five possible searches can be saved at any one time. 
Jobseekers can edit and save or cancel an existing saved search. They can also choose to 
set up email alerts to let them know when a match has been found from the search criteria 
they saved. They do this by selecting either ‘Daily’ or ’Weekly’ from the ‘Email frequency’ 
field when creating or editing a Saved Search.    
CVs 
26. This page contains details of all CVs created by the jobseeker. Up to five CVs can be 
saved by the jobseeker at any one time but they must choose only one CV to be 
searchable by companies which will then have a status recorded as Public. This CV will 
then be used to return anonymous matches to companies from jobs they have placed and 
from jobseeker searches they have run. The status of any other CVs created will be 
recorded as Private.   
27. Jobseekers  can: 
  Build a CV within the service; or 
  Upload a saved CV from their computer; or 
  Copy and paste from a CV on their computer.    

Build a CV 
28. Jobseekers can build a CV within the service by completing sections on: 
 Contact Information; 
 Experience; 
 Qualifications; 
 Job Preferences. 
29. Jobseekers can view, edit, print preview, copy or delete these CVs. 
Upload a saved CV 
30. Jobseekers can upload a saved CV from their computer which must be a Microsoft Word or 
an Acrobat PDF file of 500 KB or smaller. Jobseekers can only view, copy or delete these 
CVs. 
Copy and paste from a CV 
31. Jobseekers can copy and paste their entire CV from their computer up to a maximum of 
20,000 characters. Jobseekers can view, edit, print preview, copy or delete these CVs.  
Public CV status 
32. A Public CV will be used to return anonymous matches to companies from jobs they have 
placed and from jobseeker searches they have run. The company may then invite those 
jobseekers with the closest matches to apply for the job via the jobseeker’s Messages page 
and will only see the public CV if the jobseeker agrees after being invited to apply.    
Private CV status 
33. A Private CV will not return anonymous matches to companies from jobs they have placed 
and from jobseeker searches they have run. However, the status of a Private CV can be 
amended to Public at any time by the jobseeker.  
Application History 
34. This page records all jobs applied for where the method of application is to select one of 
their CV’s in UJ and send it online through the service. It allows the jobseeker to: 
 review their applications; 
  check the status of a CV; 
  track their application progress; 
  request feedback from companies; 
  make notes about each application to help them remember details, names and other 
important information. 
Activity History 
35. This page allows the jobseeker to review all job activity, including CV updates, applications 
and interviews.  
36. The jobseeker can also add their own job search notes by typing in the Job Search Note 
Text Box and clicking on ‘Save’. An Icon identifies all notes created this way and refers to 
them as ‘My Notes’.   
37. The following activities will be recorded in the list of Activity Details (this list is not 
exhaustive): 
  Where the Job Search Note Text Box is used to record applications for jobs where the 
method to apply is NOT to select one of their CVs in UJ and send it online through the 

service – e.g. by other means such as via a link to the companies own website; or by e-
mail; or post or telephone.     
  Requested feedback from a company; 
  Created or updated a CV; 
  Accepted new Terms and Conditions; 
  Declined an invitation to apply for a job. 
  Deleted a Saved Search. 
 
 
 
 


Annex 3 
 
Chapter 03 – Using Universal Jobmatch (UJ)  
About this guidance 
1.  Universal Jobmatch (UJ) is available to all people who are looking for work whether they 
are claiming benefits or in work. However, this guidance uses the term claimants rather 
than jobseekers or customers (except where UJ functions specifically refer to jobseekers). 
Benefits to DWP staff 
2.  The benefits of using Universal Jobmatch (UJ) are detailed in Chapter 01 of this toolkit. 
Accessing Universal Jobmatch 
3.  Universal Jobmatch is accessed by selecting the icon on your desktop.  The first time you 
access the service you will be required to set up your password by selecting the 
‘Create/Reset your password’ link. You will be required to enter your Username which will 
be your usual login ID to your computer and the system sends you an email. Your login ID 
is the 8 digit DWP IT number which can be found when you remove your smartcard. You 
will then need to check your email and select the hyperlink within the email to ‘Reset your 
Password’. Your password must be a: 
  Minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 characters; and 
  Combination of upper and lower case letters and should contain at least one symbol 
and at least one number.  
4.  When you have entered your Username and password you will select the ‘Login’ button. 
The UJ homepage will then be displayed and from here you will be able to access various 
functions such as: 
 My 
profile. 
 Find 
jobseeker. 
 Caseloading 
folders. 
 
  GOV.UK job search.   
5.  However, you will have access to different functions depending on your job role so the 
homepage will only display the functions that are relevant to your access level.  
6.  The Log in presentation also shows how you will do this. 
My profile 
7.  Selecting ‘My profile’ will allow you to change your password at any time. You will also be 
able to view from this screen/page the details used to create your profile on the UJ 
Application and these are your: 
 Email 
address. 
 Username. 
 First 
name. 
 Surname. 
  Manager email address. 

 Location. 
 Role. 
Find jobseeker 
8.  You must select the ‘Find jobseeker’ link from the UJ Application Homepage and enter one 
of the following search types in the ‘Enter search details’ field: 
 Email 
address. 
 Phone 
number. 
  Jobseeker UJ ID (see NOTE below). 
 Surname. 
 First 
name. 
9.  You will then select ‘Go’. Searching by the claimant’s email address will return the specific 
claimant. It is not recommended you use either the surname or first name because this is 
likely to return multiple returns and it will be difficult to find the specific claimant. In 
particular, using a common surname (e.g. Smith) or any First name will lead to thousands 
of returns.  
NOTE: The claimant will not know their Jobseeker UJ ID number so you must not ask them 
for this. The number will only become known by DWP staff after using any of the other search 
types listed above to find the claimant.  
Claimant has given DWP access to their account      
10. If the claimant has given DWP permission to access their account your search will open a 
page that includes the claimant’s basic details they used to create their account. This 
includes their Jobseeker UJ ID number and using this number is the most accurate way to 
search for a claimant. From here, you will be able to select the ‘Login’ link to access their 
UJ account. However, you will only be able to do this if the claimant has given DWP 
permission to do so.     
Claimant has not given DWP access to their account 
11. If the claimant has not given DWP permission to access their account your search will open 
a page that returns a message which says, “User has not provided permissions to access 
account.”
  This also confirms that the claimant has completed their profile and therefore has 
created an account.  
Caseloading folders 
12. You can save up to 12 caseloading folders and you can name each folder as you wish and 
rename these at any time. There is no limit on the number of claimants you can save in 
each folder. These folders can only be accessed by you and cannot be viewed by other 
DWP staff.   
13. How you use these folders is up to you but you may use them to group claimants for 
example by: 
  Claimants who have not allowed DWP to access their account.  
  Client Group.   
  Type of work they are looking for. 
 Signing 
Day/Cycle. 
14. To create a folder you must select ‘Add folder’ and give it a name. From here you must 
select ‘Create folder’. You will then be able to click on the ‘Select’ link to access the folder. 

To add a claimant to the folder you will need to find the claimant and when you have done 
this, you must select the tickbox for the Caseloading folder you created.  
15. To view the claimant in the folder, select the ‘Manage caseloading folders’ link, then click 
the ‘Select’ link for the folder in the main Caseloading folders screen/page.      
16. You will also be able to see how many claimants you have in each folder from the main 
Caseloading folders screen/page and delete and rename folders from this screen/page. 
17. Within each folder you will be able to send messages to all or a selected number of 
claimants. For example you may want to tell: 
  all claimants in a folder about a Jobsfair that will be held locally; or 
  one claimant to contact you about their public CV as you may be able to advise them on 
how it can be improved so that it returns more accurate matches to companies; or    
  a selected number of claimants who particularly match jobs posted by a local employer.   
18. If the claimant does not give DWP access to their UJ account by not ticking the ‘I authorise 
DWP to view my account, including job search activity, feedback and notes’ box, any 
messages you send via this function will not be received by the claimant. However, UJ will 
tell you which claimant(s) in your caseload have not received any messages you send.  
19. It is important you manage the claimants in each folder – for example, when a claimant 
finds work and no longer claims JSA you will need to remove them by selecting the relevant 
folder, then from the list of claimants you must mark the tickbox for the claimant and then 
select the ‘Remove’ link. 
20. Scenario 14 in Learning Product 05 contains further details on Caseloading functionality. 
GOV.UK job search 
21. Universal Jobmatch will transform how claimants access and apply for jobs. They can 
access the full service via GOV.UK using an internet enabled computer/device or 
smartphone. 
22. They will be able to search and view jobs, set up an account and build and upload their 
public CV. Claimants will receive automatic matches to employers jobs from the ‘Profile’ 
they created. These job matches will be put into their ‘Recommended Jobs’ page in UJ. UJ 
will also search through their public CV and make a match back to the company. Therefore, 
you will no longer routinely submit claimants to jobs or undertake jobsearch. 
23. However, this function allows you to search for a job on behalf of a claimant – for example, 
if they are not using UJ. In these cases you will select the ‘GOV.UK job search’ link from 
the UJ application and find a suitable job by: 
  entering data in the Search criteria fields and select ‘Search’; or 
  selecting the ‘Browse Jobs’ link.  
24. Scenario 18 in Learning Product 05 contains further details on how to search for a job on 
behalf of a claimant.  
25. UJ brings a shift in the focus from helping claimants search for jobs, to looking instead at 
the claimant’s activity on UJ. This also means you will suggest ways for them to improve 
the matches they receive from the information they have recorded about their skills and in 
their public CV. You will also support, motivate and/or challenge them to respond to these 
matches to help improve their chances of finding work.  
‘Skills I want to be matched against’ field 
26. You will only be able to see this field if the claimant has given DWP permission to access 
their account. It is an important field for claimants because the information they record here 

will be used by UJ to automatically match them to jobs posted by companies which will be 
put into the claimant’s ‘Recommended Jobs’ screen/page. 
27. Therefore, it is important you understand the type of information that will return accurate 
matches so you can explain this to claimants and help them to understand the importance 
of including skills keywords within this field. For example, it must not be used to record 
things such as: 
 Keen. 
 Reliable. 
 Eager. 
 Timely. 
28. If the claimant is receiving little or no matches in ‘Recommended Jobs’ this will indicate that 
the information held in this field needs to be reviewed and updated.  
29. You can help the claimant improve the matches they receive by telling them they can 
review their skills for the types of jobs they are looking for in UJ. To do this the claimant 
needs to select the ‘Review your skills’ link from within the ‘Job Details’ page for any job 
they were viewing. 
30. This will take them to the ‘Skills analysis’ screen/page. This will provide a list of 
‘Recommended Skills’ for the job they were viewing and compare them to the skills they 
have recorded in the ‘Skills I want to be matched against’ field from within their profile. 
31. The claimant can then look at the list of ‘Recommended Skills’ for the job and add any they 
have to the ‘Your Skills’ list by entering the skill in the free text field and selecting ‘Add 
Skills’. 
32. They can also find ‘Recommended Skills’ for a different type of job by entering the Job Title 
in the free text field and selecting ‘Find Skills’. Any skills the claimant has can then be 
added to their skills by again entering the skill in the free text field in the ‘Your Skills’ list and 
selecting ‘Add Skills’.    
CVs 
33. You will only be able see a claimant’s CV(s) if the claimant has given DWP permission to 
access their account. Further information about how a claimant can use this function can 
be found in Chapter 2 of this toolkit. Scenario 16 in Learning Product 05 contains further 
details on how a claimant can create a CV. 
34. You will need to explain to claimants the importance of including skills keywords in the 
‘Duties, achievements and related skills field’ within their CV when using the ‘Build CV’ 
function and that having a public CV improves their chances of finding a job because 
information in their CV will be used to return anonymous matches to companies from jobs 
they have placed and from jobseeker searches they have run. The company may then 
invite those jobseekers with the closest matches to apply for the job via the jobseeker’s 
Messages page. 
Explaining the benefits to claimants of creating a profile and public CV in 
Universal Jobmatch  

35. Advisory Services Teams will play a crucial role in promoting and encouraging take up of 
Universal Jobmatch. Therefore, it is important that personal advisers and assistant advisers 
understand the key features and benefits of using the service so they can tell claimants 
about this. The messages you should be including in your conversations with claimants are: 
  The service will make your job search quicker and easier.  

  Use the service at a time to suit you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and it’s free 
(but your usual internet provider’s charges will apply). 
  You will be able to log on to your account from a home computer/device, smartphone or 
anywhere with internet access. 
  It uses the latest job search and matching technology to help find jobs that are right for 
you. 
  Create and manage your own account online, and tailor your preferences to suit the job 
you are looking for. 
  You can apply for most jobs online, giving you more time to spend on the actual 
applications.  
  There is help available via a help tool within UJ to create a public CV, or you can upload 
one you already have. 
  Information recorded on your public CV will be used to return anonymous matches to 
companies from jobs they have placed and from jobseeker searches they have run. The 
company can then invite jobseekers to apply for their job and will only see the public CV 
if the jobseeker agrees after being invited to apply.  
  You can receive alerts to notify you when new jobs are posted that match your job 
search. 
  You can also record details about other job searches you do, so that all your job search 
activity will be held in one place. 
  The service is available in Welsh (if required). 
NOTE: A Group Session presentation is also available for offices to use.      
Explaining the benefits to claimants of allowing DWP access to view their 
account 

36. In terms of the benefits of allowing DWP access to view their account, you will need to 
explain that if they do so, it will make it easier for their personal adviser (because they will 
be able to view their account information directly) to give them extra help to improve their 
chances of being matched to a job – for example, their personal adviser can help them:   
  Improve the matches they get by reviewing their profile or public CV.  
  Identify any skills gap and/or training needs. 
  Discuss how they can refine their public CV. 
37. You can also tell the claimant: 
  they will not have to provide evidence of their jobsearch activity on Universal Jobmatch 
each time they attend the Jobcentre at their jobsearch reviews or advisory interviews as 
we will be able to view all this activity online; and 
  if they allow DWP access, they can change it back at any time to not allow DWP 
access. 
NOTE: A Group Session presentation is also available for offices to use.        
Claimant agrees to create a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch and 
allow DWP to access their account 
38. In these cases, you must: 
  Issue the Cookies factsheet which is available in English and Welsh to the claimant and 
explain that they can use one of the IADs in the Jobcentre should they not wish to accept 
cookies. It is vital you do this so the claimant is able to make a fully informed decision about 
their choices relating to cookies; and 

  Record in LMS Conversations “Cookies Factsheet issued.” 
  Explain how to register for a Government Gateway Account (this will not be necessary if the 
claimant tells you they already have a Government Gateway Account) and create a profile 
and public CV within Universal Jobmatch. Scenario 15 in Learning Product 05 and Chapter 
02 of this toolkit contains full details on how a claimant creates a profile and Scenario 16 
contains further details on how a claimant creates a public CV.   
  Create a WorkFlow or Conversation in LMS so we can check they have done this at the 
claimant’s next attendance at the Jobcentre. If using WorkFlow, record in the: 
o  ‘Description’ field (‘Details’ field if using Conversation), ‘Claimant agreed to create UJ 
account and allow DWP access; 
o  ‘Action Type’ field, ‘JP- Other’; and  
o  ‘Priority’ field, ‘High’.  
39. You may also issue the ‘How to Use Universal Jobmatch’ leaflet, which is available in 
English and Welsh if you think it will help the claimant understand how to register and login 
to their account. If so, you will need to select either the English or Welsh links in this 
paragraph and print the leaflet.   
40. If the claimant says they do not wish to accept cookies or they do not have access to the 
internet for reasons unrelated to cookies, you must take into account whether the claimant 
can reasonably access a DWP IAD. If they are not reasonably able to do so, you must 
record: 
  “Claimant not using Universal Jobmatch – does not wish to accept cookies/does not 
have access to the internet (delete which does not apply) and claimant has no 
reasonable access to an IAD” 
in the ‘Additional Notes’ field within the ‘More’ hotspot on 
LMS; and 
   select the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot on LMS (or where the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot is not shown, you will 
need to select the ‘New Initiative’ Hotspot and select ‘Pilots’ from the dropdown menu 
list); then from the next window find the ‘UJ Pilot Marker’ option; then select ‘No UJ 
account’
 from the dropdown menu list and select the [Save] button.      
Both these actions are required so you do not keep asking the claimant each time they 
attend at the office. 
41. If the claimant is reasonably able to access an available DWP IAD, arrange a date and time 
for the claimant to use the IAD. The amount of time you allow for a claimant to create a 
profile and public CV will vary and you must consider this on a case by case basis – i.e. 
some claimants may need 1 hour but others may need much longer (there is no specific 
time limit on this) and if so, a longer time slot to use the IAD must be arranged. Claimants 
are entitled to travel cost reimbursement for any appointments outside their normal signing 
arrangements.    
42. When the claimant next attends you will need to follow up the WorkFlow or Conversation as 
appropriate and ask them if they created a profile and public CV in their Universal 
Jobmatch account and allowed DWP access. If they have, you will be able to check this by 
finding the claimant in the UJ application and logging into their account. You will then need 
to: 
  record the Jobseeker’s UJ ID number in the ‘Additional Notes’ field within the ‘More’ 
hotspot on LMS so you can easily and accurately access their UJ account in future; and 
  select the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot on LMS; (or where the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot is not shown, you will 
need to select the ‘New Initiative’ Hotspot and select ‘Pilots’ from the dropdown menu 
list); then from the next window find the ‘UJ Pilot Marker’ option; then select ‘Vol UJ – 
DWP access’
 from the dropdown menu list and select the [Save] button. This is required 
so you do not keep asking the claimant each time they attend at the office.  

43. When the claimant has created a profile and public CV, you must also agree with them and 
record within the What I will do to identify and apply for jobs part of the Jobseeker’s 
Agreement how often the claimant will check their UJ account for jobs. In doing so, for 
those claimants using the DWP IAD, take into account all of their circumstances including:  
  the availability of IADs; 
  the ability of the claimant to get into the Jobcentre on a regular basis (for example their 
childcare/caring responsibilities or other restrictions agreed on their Jobseeker’s 
Agreement. If the claimant has childcare responsibilities, you must make clear to the 
claimant that they do not need to make any extra childcare arrangements, i.e. they will 
only be required to use a DWP IAD during periods covered by existing childcare 
arrangements); and 
  claimants are entitled to travel cost reimbursement for appointments outside their 
normal signing arrangements.  
Claimant agrees to create a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch but does 
not allow DWP to access their account 
44. In these cases, you will need to take the action described in paragraphs 38 to 41 . The only 
exception to this action is the ‘Description’ field on the Workflow or ‘Details’ field on the 
Conversation must say, ‘Claimant agreed to create UJ account but will not allow DWP 
access’.
 
45. You will also need to explain, that because the claimant does not wish to allow DWP 
access to their account (and this is their decision not ours so you cannot issue a 
Jobseeker’s Direction to gain access) when they next attend they will need to provide 
evidence that they have created a profile and public CV. To help them do this, suggest this 
may take the form of: 
  Prints of their CV screens/pages from their Universal Jobmatch account. However, this 
will not be possible for claimants who do not have access to a printer or cannot afford to 
print out copies of these pages; or  
  Showing us these CV screens/pages from their Universal Jobmatch account if they 
have access to the internet on a smartphone. Districts will need to consider the 
guidance on Restricted Use of Electronic Media in Jobcentres although paragraph 7 in 
this guidance enables offices to allow claimants to use their mobiles for this purpose. 
46. If it is not possible for the claimant to do any of the above, advise the claimant that they can 
login to their UJ account from an available Internet Access Device (IAD) in your office and 
print off the relevant screens/pages. 
47. However, the onus is on the claimant to provide evidence that they have created a profile 
and public CV by whatever means they choose. 
48. Therefore, if the claimant does not wish to do this, you will need to decide whether they 
have created a profile and public CV based on the evidence they have provided.    
49. When the claimant next attends you will need to follow up the WorkFlow or Conversation 
and ask them if they created a profile and public CV in their Universal Jobmatch account. If 
the claimant says they have, you will be able to check they have created a profile by finding 
the claimant in the UJ application.   
50. You will not be able to login to their account to check they have created a public CV (you 
will do this by looking at the evidence the claimant has provided by one of the methods in 
paragraphs 45 and 48). However, when you search for the claimant, in the UJ application it 
will tell you if they have completed a profile and therefore has created an account because 
your search will open a page that returns a message which says, “User has not provided 
permissions to access account ”
 

51. However, if the evidence provided by the claimant is insufficient and you are not completely 
satisfied they have created a profile and public CV, you must consider issuing a 
Jobseeker’s Direction.     
52. If you are satisfied that the claimant has created a profile and public CV you will then need 
to select the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot on LMS; (or where the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot is not shown, you will 
need to select the ‘New Initiative’ Hotspot and select ‘Pilots’ from the dropdown menu list); 
then from the next window find the ‘UJ Pilot Marker’ option; then select ‘Vol UJ – no access’ 
from the dropdown menu list and select the [Save] button. This is required so you do not 
keep asking the claimant each time they attend at the office.   
53. When the claimant has created a profile and public CV, you must also agree with them and 
record within the What I will do to identify and apply for jobs part of the Jobseeker’s 
Agreement how often the claimant will check their UJ account for jobs. In doing so, for 
those claimants using the DWP IAD, take into account all of their circumstances including:  
  the availability of IADs; 
  the ability of the claimant to get into the Jobcentre on a regular basis (for example their 
childcare/caring responsibilities or other restrictions agreed on their Jobseeker’s 
Agreement. If the claimant has childcare responsibilities, you must make clear to the 
claimant that they do not need to make any extra childcare arrangements, i.e. they will 
only be required to use a DWP IAD during periods covered by existing childcare 
arrangements); and 
  claimants are entitled to travel cost reimbursement for appointments outside their 
normal signing arrangements. 
Issuing a Jobseeker’s Direction to mandate JSA claimants to create a 
profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch 

54. Where you have explained the benefits to claimants of creating a profile and public CV in 
Universal Jobmatch and they will not do so willingly, they can be mandated to create a 
profile and public CV.  
55. However, for legal reasons, you cannot issue a Jobseeker’s Direction to mandate a 
claimant to create a profile and public CV unless a DWP IAD service is reasonably 
available to them should they need to use one - for example, because they do not want to 
accept cookies and therefore need to have access to a device on which cookies have 
already been accepted.  
56. You  also  cannot issue a Jobseeker’s Direction to mandate a claimant to give us access to 
their account – this is their decision not ours.  
What to consider before issuing a Direction 
57. The Jobseeker’s Direction guidance explains the factors that must be considered before a 
Jobseeker’s Direction is issued. In particular, a Jobseeker’s Direction mandating claimants 
to create a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch must be reasonable in terms of: 
  improving the claimant’s employment prospects; and   
  the claimant being able to use the service. 
58. For the majority of claimants, creating a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch will be 
an important part of improving employment prospects. However, actually creating a profile 
and public CV and using the service may be less than straightforward for some claimants if 
they are not reasonably able to use the service, for example those: 
  with a learning or other health-related condition; or 

  for whom English is their second language; or 
  who lack appropriate literacy and/or numeracy skills; or 
  who are not reasonably able to access their own computer/device (for example, 
because they do not have such a device or cannot afford to access the internet) and are 
not reasonably able to access an alternative internet access device in their area (for 
example, because of their personal circumstances, poor internet service in the area or 
lack of access to affordable internet access). 
59. Before issuing a Direction, you must also take into account whether the claimant can 
reasonably access a DWP IAD should they either not have reasonable access to the 
internet or should they wish to exercise their right not to accept cookies. You will need to 
take into account all of the claimant’s circumstances (for example, their health, any 
restrictions on their availability, whether they have childcare available) and the availability 
of IADs in your office. For example, if your office has: 
  not yet installed any IADs; or 
  a high number of claimants who need access to a DWP IAD. For example because 
they: 
o  do not have access to the internet; or 
o  are required to use UJ and wish to exercise their choices relating to cookies.  
60. All these considerations must be taken into account before deciding to issue a Jobseeker’s 
Direction. If one or more of the circumstances in the previous paragraphs apply and you 
deem it is unreasonable for the claimant to use Universal Jobmatch, you must: 
  record why it is not reasonable to issue a Direction, for example, “Claimant not using 
Universal Jobmatch – English as a second language” or “Claimant not using Universal 
Jobmatch – does not wish to accept cookies and claimant has no reasonable access to 
an IAD” in the ‘Additional Notes’ field within the ‘More’ hotspot on LMS; and 
  select the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot on LMS; (or where the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot is not shown, you will 
need to select the ‘New Initiative’ Hotspot and select ‘Pilots’ from the dropdown menu 
list); then from the next window find the ‘UJ Pilot Marker’ option; then select ‘No UJ 
account’
 from the dropdown menu list and select the [Save] button.  
61. Both these actions are required so you do not keep asking the claimant each time they 
attend at the office. 
62. In cases where a direction is not reasonable you will need to review the claimant's 
jobsearch activity using other means. 
63. However, where a claimant may not be required to use Universal Jobmatch but 
subsequently their circumstances change (for example, they move house to an area where 
there is a good broadband service and are able to afford internet access) you must take the 
action described in paragraphs 35 to 53 as appropriate.     
64. A Direction must not be issued to ‘credits only’ claimants because a referral to a Decision 
Maker for an ‘opinion only’ decision must not be made for ‘credits only’ claimants who 
refuse or fail to comply with a Jobseeker’s Direction. 
Action required if you consider a Jobseeker’s Direction is appropriate 
65. If you have decided that it would be reasonable to issue the claimant with a Jobseeker’s 
Direction, after taking into account the considerations tell the claimant they must create a 
UJ profile and public CV. 

Cookies Factsheet 
66. It is vital the Cookies factsheet is issued to the claimant so they are able to make a fully 
informed decision about their choices relating to cookies and you explain that they can use 
one of the IADs in the Jobcentre should they not wish to accept cookies on their own 
computer/device. The factsheet is available in English and Welsh. 
Recording the Direction on LMS 
67. You must record the Direction on LMS as follows: 
 [Direction 
Reason] 
field: 
“Universal Jobmatch will improve the claimant’s prospects of 
finding work”  
  [Details & Method of Achieving] field: “You will create a profile and public CV within 
Universal Jobmatch by --/--/--.”  
68. You must take the action described in paragraph 76 when setting the ‘by date’ in the 
Direction.  
Claimant says they do not want to accept cookies on their own computer/device  
69. In these cases you must also arrange a date and time for the claimant to use the IAD so 
they are able to carry out the direction. The amount of time you allow for a claimant to carry 
out the direction will vary and you must consider this on a case by case basis – i.e. some 
claimants may need 1 hour but others may need much longer (there is no specific time limit 
on this) and if so, a longer time slot to use the IAD must be arranged. Claimants are entitled 
to travel cost reimbursement for appointments outside their normal signing arrangements.  
Issuing the Jobseeker’s Direction letter and Cookies Factsheet  
70. You  must: 
  attach the Cookies factsheet to the Jobseeker’s Direction letter and give both to the 
claimant; and 
  record in LMS Conversations “Cookies Factsheet issued.”        
What you must make clear to the claimant  
71. You will need to make sure the claimant understands how to register for a Government 
Gateway Account (this will not be necessary if the claimant tells you they already have a 
Government Gateway Account) and create a profile and public CV within Universal 
Jobmatch. Scenario 15 in Learning Product 05 contains full details on how a claimant 
creates a profile and Scenario 16 contains further details on how a claimant creates a 
public CV;  
NOTE: You may also issue the ‘How to Use Universal Jobmatch’ leaflet, which is available in 
English and Welsh if you think it will help the claimant understand how to register and login to 
their account. If so, you will need to select either the English or Welsh link in this paragraph 
and print the leaflet.  
72. You must also explain they will need to provide evidence that they have complied with the 
Direction. In doing so, explain that if they allow DWP to access their UJ account suggest 
that they only need to bring in the e-mail address they used to create their UJ profile and 
public CV as we will be able to check their account using these details. However, if the 
claimant does not wish to allow DWP access to their account (and this is their decision not 
ours) suggest this may take the form of: 

o  Prints of their CV screens/pages from their Universal Jobmatch account. However, this 
will not be possible for claimants who do not have access to a printer or cannot afford to 
print out copies of these pages; or  
o  Showing us these CV screens/pages from their Universal Jobmatch account if they 
have access to the internet on a smartphone. Districts will need to consider the 
guidance on Restricted Use of Electronic Media in Jobcentres although paragraph 7 in 
this guidance enables offices to allow claimants to use their mobiles for this purpose. 
73. If it is not possible for the claimant to do any of the above, or the claimant does not wish to 
accept cookies and so needs to use a DWP IAD, advise the claimant that they can login to 
their UJ account from an available IAD in your office and print off the relevant CV 
screens/pages. 
74. However, the onus is on the claimant to provide evidence that they have created a profile 
and public CV by whatever means they choose. 
75. Therefore, if the claimant does not wish to do this, you will need to decide whether they 
have complied with the Direction based on the evidence they have provided. 
Setting the date by which the direction must be carried out 
76. You must take into account a claimant’s experience and ability to use the internet and 
access to the internet (in particular if they need to use an IAD) when setting the date by 
which the claimant must have carried out the direction. For example, more time will need to 
be given: 
  for somebody who has very little or no experience of the internet because a referral to 
local provision on how to use on-line channels may be necessary; or 
  where your office has a high number of claimants who need access to an IAD.  
Cancelling the Direction 
77. If the claimant contacts the Jobcentre before the date when the Direction must be carried 
out because they decided not to accept cookies on their computer/device and therefore 
wish to use an IAD in the Jobcentre to create a profile and public CV you must arrange a 
date and time for the claimant to use the IAD.    
78. However, if you cannot arrange this by the date on which the Direction must be carried out 
you must cancel the original Direction and issue a new Direction to the claimant which 
takes account of the new appointment date.  
79. If the claimant attends on their allocated day and time to carry out the Direction but 
subsequently cannot complete their profile and public CV within the time allowed on the 
IAD, then you must tell them to save their public CV in UJ by selecting the ‘Save for later’ 
link at the bottom of the web page they have completed. 
80. You must then cancel the original Direction make a new IAD appointment and issue a new 
Direction to the claimant which takes account of the new appointment date.          
Following up the Direction 
81. The Direction will be followed up at the claimant’s next attendance at the Jobcentre after 
the date set in the Jobseeker’s Direction whether it is a jobsearch review or advisory 
interview. 

Claimant has created a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch and allowed DWP to 
access their account 

82. If the claimant created a profile and public CV in their Universal Jobmatch account and 
allowed DWP access, you will be able to check this by finding the claimant in the UJ 
application and logging into their account. You will then need to: 
  record the Jobseeker’s UJ ID number in the ‘Additional Notes’ field within the ‘More’ 
hotspot on LMS so you can easily and accurately access their UJ account in future; and 
  select the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot on LMS; (or where the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot is not shown, you will 
need to select the ‘New Initiative’ Hotspot and select ‘Pilots’ from the dropdown menu 
list); then from the next window find the ‘UJ Pilot Marker’ option; then select ‘Man UJ – 
DWP access’
 from the dropdown menu list and select the [Save] button. This is required 
so you do not keep asking the claimant each time they attend at the office.  
Claimant agrees to create a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch but has not 
allowed DWP to access their account 

83. If the claimant created a profile and public CV in their Universal Jobmatch account but has 
not allowed DWP access you will be able to check they have created a profile by finding the 
claimant in the UJ application.  
84. You will not be able to login to their account to check they have created a public CV - you 
will do this by looking at the evidence the claimant has provided by one of the methods in 
paragraphs 72 to 75. However, when you search for the claimant, in the UJ application it 
will tell you they have completed a profile and therefore has created an account because 
your search will open a page that returns a message which says, “User has not provided 
permissions to access account ”
  
85. However, if the evidence provided by the claimant is insufficient and you are not completely 
satisfied they have created a profile and public CV, you must refer the doubt to a Decision 
Maker. 
86. If you are satisfied that the claimant has created a profile and public CV you will then need 
to select the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot on LMS; (or where the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot is not shown, you will 
need to select the ‘New Initiative’ Hotspot and select ‘Pilots’ from the dropdown menu list); 
then from the next window find the ‘UJ Pilot Marker’ option; then select ‘Man UJ – no 
access’
 from the dropdown menu list and select the [Save] button. This is required so you 
do not keep asking the claimant each time they attend at the office.   
Agreeing how often the claimant will check their Universal Jobmatch account for jobs 
on the Jobseeker’s Agreement  

87. When the claimant has created a profile and public CV, you must also agree with them and 
record within the What I will do to identify and apply for jobs part of the Jobseeker’s 
Agreement how often the claimant will check their UJ account for jobs. In doing so, for 
those claimants using the DWP IAD, take into account all of their circumstances, including:  
  the availability of IADs; 
  the ability of the claimant to get into the Jobcentre on a regular basis (for example their 
childcare/caring responsibilities or other restrictions agreed on their Jobseeker’s 
Agreement. If the claimant has childcare responsibilities, you must make clear to the 
claimant that they do not need to make any extra childcare arrangements, i.e. they will 
only be required to use a DWP IAD during periods covered by existing childcare 
arrangements); and 

  claimants are entitled to travel cost reimbursement for appointments outside their 
normal signing arrangements. 
Referral to a Decision Maker required 
88. If the claimant has not carried out the direction by the date they were required to do so or 
you are not satisfied from the evidence presented by the claimant that they have complied, 
the case must be referred to a Decision Maker selecting the ‘Refuse/Fail Jobseeker 
Direction (UJ)’ option from the drop down menu in LMS for AR Code JSA/718UJ.  
NOTE IMPORTANT: Before you make the referral, you must first check LMS Conversations to 
make sure that the Cookies Factsheet was recorded as issued. If this is not recorded, you 
cannot refer the doubt to the Decision Maker. Instead, you must cancel the original Direction 
and issue a new Direction to the claimant.  
Action required by Decision Maker 
89. The Decision Maker will make their decision in the usual way using DMAS AR Code 
JSA/718UJ. 
JSA Work Programme (WP) participants 
90. You  must not mandate JSA WP participants to create a profile and public CV in Universal 
Jobmatch. This is because it is for WP Providers to determine and provide the support their 
participants need to find work including (where appropriate) mandatory requirements. 
Separate guidance is being prepared for WP Providers on the use of UJ. 
Universal Jobmatch and benefit conditionality 
91. Universal Jobmatch will be a key performance enabler in terms of making sure benefit is 
only paid to claimants who are entitled to receive it. 
Actively Seeking Employment  
92. We cannot specify to a JSA claimant how they provide us with records of their jobsearch 
activity and Universal Jobmatch will not change this – it is not therefore possible to require 
JSA claimants to give DWP access to their Universal Jobmatch account.  
93. Personal advisers and assistant advisers will continue to review jobsearch activity and 
record the outcome on LMS in the usual way for JSA claimants and look at all the evidence 
provided by claimants to determine if there is an ASE doubt. This may be in various forms 
and these are explained in the Labour Market Conditions Guide.  
94. However, Universal Jobmatch will be a key tool you can use in appropriate cases to review 
whether a claimant has taken all reasonable steps to have the best prospects of finding 
work.  
95. How you review jobsearch activity will depend on whether the claimant is using Universal 
Jobmatch and if so, has given DWP access to their account. 
Reviewing jobsearch activity - claimant using Universal Jobmatch (DWP has 
access to their account) 
96. You will look at any number or all of the following screens/pages from the claimant’s 
Universal Jobmatch account: 
 Activity 
History. 

 Application 
History. 
 Alerts. 
 Messages. 
 Saved 
Jobs. 
 Recommended 
Jobs. 
 Saved 
Searches. 
Reviewing jobsearch activity - claimant using Universal Jobmatch (No DWP 
access to their account)  
97. To help assess that a claimant is actively seeking work you may suggest that they show 
you: 
  prints of any number or all of the screens/pages detailed in paragraph 96 from their 
Universal Jobmatch account. However, this will not be possible for claimants who do not 
have access to a printer or cannot afford to print out copies of these pages; or  
  any number or all of the screens/pages detailed in paragraph 96 from their Universal 
Jobmatch account if they have access to the internet on a smartphone. Districts will 
need to consider the guidance on Restricted Use of Electronic Media in Jobcentres 
although paragraph 7 in this guidance enables offices to allow claimants to use their 
mobiles for this purpose. 
98. If it is not possible for the claimant to do any of the above, or the claimant does not wish to 
accept cookies and so needs to use a DWP IAD, advise the claimant that they can login to 
their UJ account and print off copies of the relevant screens/pages from an available IAD in 
your office.  
99. However, the onus is on the claimant to provide evidence of their jobsearch activity (by 
whatever means they choose). 
100.  Therefore if a claimant does not wish to do this, you will need to base your assessment 
on the evidence they have provided.  If this is insufficient and you are not completely 
satisfied they have met the requirements to actively seek work, raise a labour market doubt 
in the usual way. 
Reviewing jobsearch activity - claimant not using Universal Jobmatch 
101.  In cases where a claimant is not using Universal Jobmatch, they will show the steps 
they can be reasonably expected to take to actively seek work that can give them the best 
prospects of employment, through other means.  
102.  In these cases, you will review a claimant’s jobsearch activity using the evidence they 
provide as described in paragraph 93. 
Referral to a Decision Maker required  
103.  Any doubts identified as a result of the evidence provided (however presented) will need 
to be referred to a Decision Maker in the usual way.  
Action required by Decision Maker 
104.  You will make your decision in the usual way. 
Refusal of Employment (RE) 
105.  Universal Jobmatch will transform how claimants access and apply for jobs. They can 
access the full service via GOV.UK using an internet enabled computer/device or 

smartphone although access via the mobile app will only enable claimants to run 
anonymous job searches. 
106.  They will be able to search and view jobs, set up an account and build and upload their 
public CV. Claimants will receive automatic matches to employers jobs from the ‘Profile’ 
they created. These job matches will be put into their ‘Recommended Jobs’ page in 
Universal Jobmatch. 
107.  However, this does not mean you will no longer be able to notify claimants of suitable 
jobs and where appropriate take RE action. Universal Jobmatch will change how you 
identify suitable jobs for claimants and identify where RE action may need to be taken.  
108.  How you will find, notify, follow up a job and where appropriate refer to a decision maker 
if the claimant has not applied, will depend on whether the claimant is using Universal 
Jobmatch and has given DWP access to their account. 
109.  Claimants must apply for any jobs you save for them unless the job is exempt from RE 
action.  
Claimant has agreed a pattern of availability of 24 hours or more per week 
110.  Where a claimant has agreed a pattern of availability on their JSAg of 24 hours or more 
per week and the hours recorded on the job are clearly less than 24 hours per week, you 
cannot notify the claimant to apply for the job. 
111.  However, if the hours of the job were not recorded by the company you can notify them 
to apply for the job if the job is recorded as full time. 
112.  Where a claimant has agreed a pattern of availability on their JSAg of 30 hours per 
week and the hours recorded on the job are 40 hours per week, you cannot notify the 
claimant to apply for the job.     
Claimant has agreed a pattern of availability of less than 24 hours per week 
113.  Where a claimant has agreed a pattern of availability on their JSAg of less than 24 
hours per week and the hours recorded on the job are clearly less than 16 hours per week, 
you cannot notify the claimant to apply for the job. 
114.  However, if the hours of the job were not recorded by the company you can notify them 
to apply for the job if the job is recorded as part time. 
115.  Where a claimant has agreed a pattern of availability on their JSAg of 17 hours per 
week and the hours recorded on the job are 20 hours per week, you cannot notify the 
claimant to apply for the job.  
Finding and notifying the claimant of a job - claimant using Universal Jobmatch 
(DWP has access to their account) 
116.  You will view the claimant’s Homepage and find a suitable job by: 
  selecting a job from the list in the ‘Recommended Jobs’ section; or 
  entering data in the Search criteria fields and select ‘Search’; or 
  select the ‘Browse Jobs’ link.  
117.  Whichever way you choose, you must then select the ‘Save’ link from the ‘Job Details’ 
page. This will put the job in the claimant’s ‘Saved Jobs’ page and place a blue circle next 
to the job, which tells the claimant it is a ‘Job saved by your adviser’.  
118.  However, you must first check the expiry date of the job to make sure the claimant has 
enough time to apply. To view the expiry date of a UJ job you will need to select the ‘Find 
company/recruiter’ link from the UJ application homepage which will open the ‘Company 
and recruiter search’ screen/page. You will then enter the Job ID number in the ‘Enter 

search details’ field and select the ‘Job ID’ radio button and select ‘Go’. The expiry date is 
shown under the ‘Date expires’ column. If the expiry date is the following day, you will need 
to find another job. If the expiry date is longer, you must formally notify the claimant of their 
obligation to apply for the job, and what the expiry date is, by either telling them: 
  face to face; or 
  by telephone; or 
  by letter.  
119.  You must also record you have notified the claimant and Job ID number in ‘LMS 
Conversations’ – e.g. “Claimant told by telephone to apply for admin assistant, Job ID 
133234 at GX Recruitment posted 26/11/12.” It is important you do this in case the 
claimant: 
  decides to withdraw DWP access to their account before their next jobsearch review or 
advisory interview which means follow up action will be very problematic if you do not 
do this; or  
  later indicates they were not informed of their obligation to apply after a sanction has 
been imposed for Refusal of Employment. 
120.  The Job ID number can be found in the ‘Job summary’ section from the ‘Job Details’ 
page. It is important you record this number because this will help DMA staff find the job if 
the claimant subsequently did not or refused to apply for the job.  
121.  It is also good practice to make clear to the claimant, that refusal or failure to apply for 
the job, or subsequent non-acceptance of the job if offered, may result in the loss of JSA. 
This ensures the claimant can make their decision about whether to apply in the full 
knowledge of the possible consequences.  
122.  Additionally, if the method of application is not to select a CV in UJ and send it online 
through the service – e.g. by other means such as email, post or telephone, then tell them 
they may wish to record details of their application by completing the ‘Job search notes’ 
free text box in UJ so that we can see they have applied for the job. Alternatively, suggest 
to the claimant they may supply other evidence to show they applied for the job such a 
copy of an email or letter which shows they applied, or a copy of an email or letter from the 
employer that says their application was unsuccessful.  
NOTE: If the claimant wishes to use a DWP IAD to apply for the job, you must arrange an 
appointment for them to do so before the expiry date.  
Following up a job - claimant using Universal Jobmatch (DWP has access to their 
account) 
123.  You will do this by looking for any ‘Jobs saved by your adviser’ in the claimant’s ‘Saved 
Jobs’ page. You will then need to select the ‘View All’ link within the claimant’s ‘Saved jobs’ 
section. You can then select the Job Title link to find the job details/description.    
Claimant says they have applied for the job 
124.  If they have applied for the job, the ‘Application History’ page will show they have 
applied if the method of application was to select a CV in UJ and send it online through the 
service.  
125.  If the saved job is not shown in the ‘Application History’ page you will need to check if 
the claimant has: 
  recorded that they applied for the job by completing the ‘Job search notes’ free text box 
in UJ, if the method of application was not online through the service as detailed in 

paragraph 122. If so, an Icon identifies all notes created this way and refers to them as 
‘My Notes’ in ‘Activity History’; or 
  supplied other evidence that they applied for the job – i.e. a copy of an email or letter 
which shows they applied, or a copy of an email or letter from the employer that says 
their application was unsuccessful. In this case you must record in ‘LMS Conversations’ 
- e.g. “Claimant applied for admin assistant, Job ID 133234 at GX Recruitment posted 
26/11/12.”    
126.  The follow up questions you ask will depend on the information recorded in all these 
pages or any additional information the claimant supplies.  
Claimant says they do not intend to apply or failed to apply for the job  
127.  If the claimant says they do not intend to apply or failed to apply for the job they may 
have also given a reason why from the drop down menu in the ‘Job Details’ page in UJ. 
However, selecting a reason why from this drop down menu is optional. 
128.  Whether they have recorded a reason from the drop down menu or not, you must 
continue to ask the claimant for a full explanation of why they do not intend or failed to 
apply and any reason(s) given will need to be included in the RE referral to a Decision 
Maker unless the job is exempt from RE action. 
129.  Where the claimant says they do not intend to apply or failed to apply because of the 
hours of the job and the hours were not recorded by the company on the job, you must 
contact them to confirm the hours and record this information in DART before making the 
RE referral to a Decision Maker.   
130.  Where the claimant gives no reason or gives a reason which does not involve the hours 
of the job and the hours were not recorded by the company on the job, then the hours of 
the job do not need to be included in the RE referral to a Decision Maker. 
Claimant says they do not intend to apply or failed to apply for the job but restrictions 
on availability or an RE discretion applies  

131.  If the claimant says they do not intend to apply or failed to apply for the job and you 
determine that a referral to a Decision Maker is not required because any restrictions on 
availability or one of the discretions apply you must record in ‘LMS Conversations’ - e.g. 
“RE action not needed – Permitted Period or RE Discretion (followed by the relevant 
scenario letter) for Job ID 133234 at GX Recruitment posted 26/11/12.” 
Claimant says they were offered the job but decided not to start 
132.  If the claimant says they were offered the job but decided not to start you must ask why 
and any reason(s) given will need to be included in the RE referral to a Decision Maker 
unless the job is exempt from RE action.  
Claimant says they have not yet applied for the job but still intends to  
133.  If the claimant says they have not yet applied for the job but still intends to, you must 
check the job has not expired in UJ. You can find the expiry date of a job by taking the 
action described in paragraph 118. If the job has expired you must ask them why they did 
not apply before the expiry date and any reason(s) given will need to be included in the RE 
referral to a Decision Maker unless the job is exempt from RE action. 
134.  If the expiry date has not yet been reached it is good practice to make clear to the 
claimant, that refusal or failure to apply for the job by this date, or subsequent non-
acceptance of the job if offered, may result in the loss of JSA. This ensures the claimant 

can make their decision about whether to apply in the full knowledge of the possible 
consequences.  
135.  It is important you carry out all the action described in paragraphs 123 to 134 as 
appropriate to ensure compliance with the Performance Measurement Labour Market 
Check. 
Referral to a Decision Maker required - claimant using Universal Jobmatch (DWP 
has access to their account) 
136.  If a referral is required, you will do this in the usual way. The only difference is you will 
need to: 
 Record 
“Job ID 133234 – see Conversation dated 26/11/12.” in the ‘Notes’ field in the 
‘New Referral/Decision Details’ window in LMS and also in DART. This will ensure the 
Decision Maker will know which job within Universal Jobmatch the doubt refers to. 
  Select ‘Yes’ to the ‘New Referral/Decision Details’ prompt which will appear after you 
have saved the referral in LMS.  
Action required by Decision Maker - claimant using Universal Jobmatch (DWP 
has access to their account) 
137.  You will make your decision in the usual way. However, you will need to view the job. 
To enable you to do this you will access Universal Jobmatch and you will use the Job ID 
number and Job Details recorded in DART to help you find the job.  
138.  To view the job you will need to login to the UJ Application and find the claimant. From 
the claimant’s Homepage you will then need to select the ‘View All’ link within the 
claimant’s ‘Saved jobs’ section. You can then select the Job Title link to find the job 
details/description.       
Finding and notifying the claimant of a job - claimant using Universal Jobmatch 
(No DWP access to their account) 
139.  You will select the ‘GOV.UK job search’ link from the UJ application homepage and find 
a suitable job by: 
  entering data in the Search criteria fields and select ‘Search’; or 
  select the ‘Browse Jobs’ link.  
140.  Scenario 18 in Learning Product 05 contains further details on how to search for a job 
on behalf of a claimant. 
141.  When you have found a suitable job you will select ‘Print’ from the ‘Job Details’ page 
and give the print of this page to the claimant so they know the details and how to apply for 
the job. You must tell the claimant they can easily find the job later by entering the Job ID 
number shown in the ‘Job summary’ section on the print in the: 
  ‘Any skills, keywords or Job ID’ Search criteria field from their UJ Homepage and select 
‘Search’ or 
  ‘Skills (optional)’ field after accessing ‘www.gov.uk/jobsearch’.  
142.  You must also take the action described in paragraphs 118 to 122.  
143.  You must also explain to the claimant that because they have not given us access to 
view their account, they will need to provide evidence that they applied for the job at their 
next jobsearch review. To help them do this suggest this may take the form of: 
  prints from their ‘Saved Jobs’; ‘Activity History’ and/or ‘Application History’ 
screens/pages from their Universal Jobmatch account. However, this will not possible 

for claimants who do not have access to a printer or cannot afford to print out copies of 
these screens/pages; or  
  showing us these screens/pages if they have access to the internet on a smartphone. 
Districts will need to consider the guidance on Restricted Use of Electronic Media in 
Jobcentres although paragraph 7 in this guidance enables offices to allow claimants to 
use their mobiles for this purpose. 
144.  If it is not possible for the claimant to do any of the above, advise the claimant that they 
can login to their UJ account from an available IAD in your office and print off the relevant 
screens/pages.  
145.  However, the onus is on the claimant to provide evidence that they have applied for the 
job by whatever means they choose. 
146.  Therefore, if the claimant does not wish to do this, you will need to decide whether they 
have applied for the job based on the evidence they have provided.  
Following up a job - claimant using Universal Jobmatch (No DWP access to their 
account) 
147.  You will do this by checking ‘LMS Conversations’ for any jobs we have required the 
claimant to apply for.  
Claimant says they applied for the job 
148.  Ask the claimant to show you they have applied for the job by one of the methods 
described in paragraphs 143 or 146. If you are satisfied from the evidence they show you 
that they have applied for the job, you must record in ‘LMS Conversations’ - e.g. “Claimant 
applied for admin assistant, Job ID 133234 at GX Recruitment posted 26/11/12.”  
149.  However, if the evidence provided by the claimant is insufficient and you are not 
completely satisfied they have applied for the job, you must refer the doubt to a Decision 
Maker.  
Claimant says they do not intend to apply or failed to apply for the job 
150.  Any reason(s) given by the claimant for not applying or failing to apply will need to be 
included in the RE referral to a Decision Maker, unless the job is exempt from RE action. 
151.  Where the claimant says they do not intend to apply or failed to apply because of the 
hours of the job and the hours were not recorded by the company on the job, you must 
contact them to confirm the hours and record this information in DART before making the 
RE referral to a Decision Maker.   
152.  Where the claimant gives no reason or gives a reason which does not involve the hours 
of the job and the hours were not recorded by the company on the job, then the hours of 
the job do not need to be included in the RE referral to a Decision Maker. 
Claimant says they do not intend to apply or failed to apply for the job but restrictions 
on availability or an RE discretion applies 

153.  If the claimant says they do not intend apply or failed to apply for the job and you 
determine that a referral to a Decision Maker is not required because any restrictions on 
availability or one of the discretions apply you must record in ‘LMS Conversations’ - e.g. 
“RE action not needed – Permitted Period or RE Discretion (followed by the relevant 
scenario letter) for Job ID 133234 at GX Recruitment posted 26/11/12.”  

Claimant says they were offered the job but decided not to start 
154.  If the claimant says they were offered the job but decided not to start you must ask why 
and any reason(s) given will need to be included in the RE referral to a Decision Maker 
unless the job is exempt from RE action. 
Claimant says they have not yet applied for the job but still intends to 
155.  If the claimant says they have not yet applied for the job but still intends to, you must 
check the job has not expired in UJ. You can find the expiry date of a job by taking the 
action described in paragraph 118. If the job has expired you must ask them why they did 
not apply before the expiry date and any reason(s) given will need to be included in the RE 
referral to a Decision Maker unless the job is exempt from RE action. 
156.  If the expiry date has not yet been reached it is good practice to make clear to the 
claimant, that refusal or failure to apply for the job by this date, or subsequent non-
acceptance of the job if offered, may result in the loss of JSA. This ensures the claimant 
can make their decision about whether to apply in the full knowledge of the possible 
consequences. 
157.  It is important you carry out all the action described in paragraphs 147 to 156 as 
appropriate to ensure compliance with the Performance Measurement Labour Market 
Check. 
Referral to a Decision Maker required - claimant using Universal Jobmatch (No 
DWP access to their account) 
158.  If a referral is required, you will do this in the usual way. The only difference is you will 
need to: 
 Record 
“Job ID 1332348 – see Conversation dated 26/11/12.” in the ‘Notes’ field in the 
‘New Referral/Decision Details’ window in LMS and also in DART. This will ensure the 
Decision Maker will know which job within Universal Jobmatch the doubt refers to. 
  Select ‘Yes’ to the ‘New Referral/Decision Details’ prompt which will appear after you 
have saved the referral in LMS. 
159.  However, you may need to view the job details/description. How you do this in these 
cases will depend on whether the job has expired. You can find the expiry date of a job by 
taking the action described in paragraph 118 
Job not expired 
160.  To view the job details/description you need to enter the Job ID number recorded in 
‘LMS Conversations’ in the: 
  ‘Any skills, keywords or Job ID’ Search criteria field from the UJ Homepage and select 
‘Search’ - you can then select the Job Title link to find the job; or 
  ‘Skills (optional)’ field after accessing ‘www.gov.uk/jobsearch’ and select ‘Search’ - you 
can then select the Job Title link to find the job.  
Job Expired 
161.  Until a change can be made to the UJ User Groups you must operate a workround to 
enable you to view the job details/description of an expired job. This means you will need to 
ask the Employer Adviser (or somebody else in your office) who will have the ‘Contact 
Centre’ User Group to do this for you. They will be able to view the job details/description 
by selecting the ‘Find company/recruiter’ link from the UJ application homepage which will 
open the ‘Company and recruiter search’ screen/page. They will then enter the Job ID 

number in the ‘Enter search details’ field and select the ‘Job ID’ radio button and select 
‘Go’. To view the job details/description they will select the Job Title link. 
Action required by Decision Maker - claimant using Universal Jobmatch (no DWP 
access to their account) 
162.  You will make your decision in the usual way. However, you may need to view the job 
details/description. How you do this in these cases will depend on whether the job has 
expired. You can find the expiry date of a job by taking the action described in paragraph 
118 
Job not expired 
163.  To view the job details/description you need to enter the Job ID number recorded in 
‘LMS Conversations’ or DART in the: 
  ‘Any skills, keywords or Job ID’ Search criteria field from the UJ Homepage and select 
‘Search’ - you can then select the Job Title link to find the job; or 
  ‘Skills (optional)’ field after accessing ‘www.gov.uk/jobsearch’ and select ‘Search’ - you 
can then select the Job Title link to find the job.  
Job Expired 
164.  Until a change can be made to the UJ User Groups you must operate a workround to 
enable you to view the job details/description of an expired job. This means DM teams will 
need to allocate some DMs with the ‘Contact Centre’ User Group and others with the 
‘Jobseeker Facing’ User Group. 
165.  DMs with ‘Contact Centre’ User Group access will then be able to view the job 
details/description by selecting the ‘Find company/recruiter’ link from the UJ application 
homepage which will open the ‘Company and recruiter search’ screen/page. You will then 
enter the Job ID number in the ‘Enter search details’ field and select the ‘Job ID’ radio 
button and select ‘Go’. To view the job details/description details select the Job Title link.       
Finding and notifying the claimant of a job - claimant not using Universal 
Jobmatch 
166.  You can still require JSA claimants who have chosen not to use Universal Jobmatch to 
apply for jobs unless the job is exempt from RE action. You will need to find these jobs 
through: 
  other sources such as other job sites, newspapers or magazines; or 
  using the ‘GOV.UK jobsearch’ link from the UJ application to find jobs that the customer 
can apply for outside of the service – i.e. the arrangements allow for applications to be 
made to an external website address or by post or by telephone.   
167.  In these cases you will use the Spec Sub functionality on LMS and record a submission.  
168.  However, if a Spec Sub is being used for a job you have found from the UJ application, 
and for these claimants the method of application must be not to select a CV in UJ and 
send it online through the service – e.g. by other means such as email, post or telephone 
you may find all the information recorded in UJ about the job does not allow you to 
complete all the required Spec Sub fields in LMS. In these cases you must record the Spec 
Sub as follows:   
Step 
Field 
Action 
1  
Employer 
Insert details held in Universal Jobmatch 

2 Address Insert 
‘UJ VAC’ 
3 Postcode 
Insert 
‘UJ VAC’ 

Notes 
Insert the UJ Job ID number – e.g. ‘UJ Job ID 
254666’ 

5 Contact Insert 
‘UJ VAC’ 
6 Tel 
No  Insert 
‘0111 111111’ 

Job Title  
Insert details held in Universal Jobmatch 

SOC 
Insert SOC 1111 (see NOTE) 

SIC 
Insert SIC 01.1 (see NOTE) 
10 
Type 
Select ‘Employment’ option from the drop down list 
11 
Bus Proc 
Select appropriate option from the drop down list 
NOTE: You no longer need to look up the correct SOC/SIC code for spec subs so to save time 
you may simply enter the codes at Steps 8 and 9.   
169.  You will not need to print a Spec Letter from LMS as you will select ‘Print’ from the ‘Job 
Details’ page in UJ and give the print of this page to the claimant so they know the details 
and how to apply for the job.  
170.  You must also take the action described in paragraphs 118 to 122. 
Following up a job - claimant not using Universal Jobmatch 
171.  You will do this in the usual way – i.e. by looking at any Spec Subs recorded via the 
[Hist] button on LMS. You will then need to ask the claimant if they have applied for the job 
and record the outcome by selecting the [AmSub] button and then entering the details in 
the ‘Notes’ field within the ‘Amend Spec Sub’ details window unless the job is exempt from 
RE action. For example, if the claimant says they:  
  applied for the job including the date and by what method. 
  did not apply for the job including any reason(s) given for not applying .  
  did not apply for the job and you determine that a referral to a Decision Maker is not 
required because any restrictions on availability or one of the discretions apply you must 
record “RE action not needed – Permitted Period or RE Discretion (followed by the 
relevant scenario letter).”
  
  were offered the job but decided not to start you must ask why and any reason(s) given 
will also need to be recorded. 
Claimant says they have not yet applied for a Universal Jobmatch job but still intends to 
172.  If the claimant says they have not yet applied for a Universal Jobmatch job but still 
intends to, you must check the job has not expired in UJ. You can find the expiry date of a 
job by taking the action described in paragraph 118. If the job has expired you must ask 
them why they did not apply before the expiry date and any reason(s) given will need to be 
included in the RE referral to a Decision Maker unless the job is exempt from RE action. 
173.  If the expiry date has not yet been reached it is good practice to make clear to the 
claimant, that refusal or failure to apply for the job by this date, or subsequent non-
acceptance of the job if offered, may result in the loss of JSA. This ensures the claimant 
can make their decision about whether to apply in the full knowledge of the possible 
consequences. 
174.  It is important you carry out all the action described in paragraphs 171 to 173 as 
appropriate to ensure compliance with the Performance Measurement Labour Market 
Check. 

Referral to a Decision Maker required - claimant not using Universal Jobmatch 
175.  If a referral is required, you will do this in the usual way. 
Action required by Decision Maker - claimant not using Universal Jobmatch 
176.  You will make your decision in the usual way. 
 
 
 
 
 

Annex 4 
 
Chapter 04 – Quick Reference Links 
1.  The purpose of this chapter is to highlight some of the key activities that Personal Advisers, 
Assistant Advisers and claimants may be required to undertake as a result of Universal 
Jobmatch.  
2.  Each activity listed in the table below includes a useful link to the appropriate Learning 
Products, Learning Scenarios, Desk Aids or the relevant paragraphs from the Universal 
Jobmatch Toolkit to help Personal Advisers and Assistant Advisers quickly and easily find 
further information. 
   
ACTIVITY PRODUCT/GUIDANCE 
How a claimant creates a 
  Scenario 15 in Learning Product 
Universal Jobmatch account – 
05 
i.e. a profile  
  Universal Jobmatch Toolkit, 
Chapter 02   
  How to use Universal Jobmatch 
leaflet – English or Welsh 
Creating a CV 
  Scenario 16 in Learning Product 
05 
Explaining the benefits to 
 Learning 
Product 
05 
claimants of using Universal 
  Universal Jobmatch Toolkit, 
Jobmatch  
Chapter 03 
Explaining the benefits to 
 Learning 
Product 
05 
claimants of giving DWP access 
  Universal Jobmatch Toolkit, 
to their account 
Chapter 03 
Logging in to Universal 
  Log in presentation Learning 
Jobmatch (DWP staff)  
Product 
  Universal Jobmatch Toolkit, 
Chapter 03 
Searching for and logging in to 
  Universal Jobmatch Desk Aid 5  
a claimant’s account 
  Universal Jobmatch Toolkit, 
Chapter 03 
Using Caseloading functionality  
  Scenario 14 in Learning Product 
05 
  Universal Jobmatch Toolkit, 
Chapter 03 
Searching for a job on behalf of 
  Scenario 18 in Learning Product 
a claimant  
05 
  Universal Jobmatch Toolkit, 
Chapter 03 
Issuing a Jobseeker’s Direction 
  Universal Jobmatch Toolkit, 
to mandate JSA claimants to 
Chapter 03 
create a profile and public CV in 
Universal Jobmatch 
Actively Seeking Employment –

  Universal Jobmatch Toolkit, 

reviewing jobsearch activity 
Chapter 03 
Refusal of Employment action 
 Universal 
Jobmatch 
Toolkit, 
Chapter 03