Welfare Reform ACt 2012 17, 3 (c) "creating and maintaining an online profile""

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"Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

With reference to the Welfare Reform Act 2012 17,3(c) “creating and maintaining an online profile” please provide any parliamentary legislation that the signup and use of the Universal Job Match Service would comply with that particular work search requirement.

With reference to the Welfare Reform Act 2012 17,3(c) “creating and maintaining an online profile” please provide any parliamentary legislation that the signup and use of an amalgamation of Universal Job Match’s competitors with the equivalent feature set and vacancies would fail to comply with that particular work search requirement.
(Points to note, the amalgamation membership and use of other job search sites would meet the equivalent “ all reasonable action” status of a single Universal Job Match account)

Please provide any DWP departmental documentation that would rely on Welfare Reform Act 2012 as the legal basis to accept only the Universal Job Match Service as the only viable job search site membership to fulfil the 17,3(c) sub-section."

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Ian Wolf

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Ian Wolf left an annotation ()

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Mary Sanderson left an annotation ()

It is the "reasonable" test again.

Jobseekers should be able to prove that there are other job sites that will be more beneficial to finding them work. Not forgetting that all the vacancies on UJM aggregate to other meta job sites.

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/top-5-...

Ian Wolf left an annotation ()

What happens when a Jobcentre Adviser gives a written Direction to apply for a job that can only be applied for through Universal Jobmatch, would it be reasonable to refuse and if so on what grounds?

Mary Sanderson left an annotation ()

Hi Ian

In my view, if the job is suitable for a Jobseeker then it would be in their own interests to apply. A Jobseeker Direction is unnecessary as an employment officer can notify a claimant of a suitable vacancy by post, or verbally.

Very few vacancies require Jobseekers to use the apply button; if on the rare occasion the only application method is via UJM then an account would be needed. This does not stop the Jobseeker from deleting the account afterwards.

In the absence of a computer a Jobseeker can receive expenses to use an IAD at the Jobcentre and seek support with the application if they do not have the relevant IT or literacy skills.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dmgch34.pdf

34388 onwards

Mary Sanderson left an annotation ()

The Jobseeker Agreement could be adapted to state:

"I will check the UJM website X times per week and create a temporary account if this is the only method to apply for a suitable vacancy not advertised elsewhere."

This is a completely reasonable suggestion for someone wanting to create an on-line profile (if required) on another highly rated, generalist aggregate job site.

Mary Sanderson left an annotation ()

You may find this link helpful:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2013...

7.10 - 7.12
"Claimants are only expected to all that is reasonably expected."

This will, of course differ for each claimant - one size does not fit all.