DWP Launching New 'Universal Jobmatch' Website

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will launch ‘Universal Jobmatch’ this autumn, 10 months after signing a contract to deliver the Jobcentre Plus web-based service with Monster Worldwide.

The DWP said that the new vacancy posting and matching service will benefit employers and jobseekers by speeding up the recruitment process by using new technology to automatically match CVs and skills to suitable jobs.

By registering with the online service, jobseekers will be able to receive details on new jobs that match their job search criteria. Employers will be able to manage their jobs online at any time, see a list of suitable candidates for a particular advertised role and invite people to apply for a role online.

Whilst concerns have been raised over digital inclusion and access to IT equipment, the DWP highlighted the fact that the service will be available from anywhere with internet access, including internet cafes and public libraries, meaning that people who do not have internet access at home, should not be disadvantaged.

Chris Pennell, principal analyst at Kable, said, “The deal with Monster while not huge in monetary terms, is quite groundbreaking for the DWP and is a good example of how by working in conjunction with someone with an existing solution and market position, the DWP can simply and quickly start to shift clients from face to face contact to online services”.

“Moving clients to online services will be crucial as the DWP looks to focus its face to face services on people who require greater assistance, allowing it to meet some of its planned cuts and efficiency savings.”

The new Universal Jobmatch website will replace Employer Direct and Employer Direct Online.

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