DWP to launch Universal Jobmatch this autumn

A new Jobcentre Plus web-based job posting and matching service – Universal Jobmatch — is to be launched in autumn.

Universal Jobmatch will be one of the UK’s largest jobsites and will automatically match a jobseeker’s CV and skills to jobs that suit their needs.

To make use of the new service jobseekers will need to register with the online service and provide an email address. They may be invited by employers to apply for jobs via an online application.

According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), among the advantages of the service are that jobseekers can tailor their job search preferences to suit the jobs they are looking for, and they can receive ongoing job matches and email alerts. There will also be a ‘help and support function’ and a feedback service for users.

On whether some individuals will be disadvantaged if they do not have access to the internet at home, the DWP said that the service will be available from anywhere with internet access, including internet cafes, public libraries and mobile devices.

Commenting on potential privacy issues that posed by the online delivery of job services, Emma Carr, deputy director of privacy group Big Brother Watch, told the Guardian: ‘The DWP  needs to provide assurances that it has systems in place to ensure that personal information remains secure.’

More on Universal Jobmatch from the DWP's website