These are the type of vacancies still being advertised on the sleazy Government job seeking website Universal Jobmatch which has just been revealed to cost an astonishing £5 million a year (spotted via @refuted).
And once again there is nothing to stop people under 18 from applying for the jobs, possibly even unaware of the true nature of the role. Appallingly, people could even be forced into making an application for these vacancies or face having benefits stopped for up to three years. This is not scare-mongering – if whoever is monitoring Universal Jobmatch is unable to spot obvious vacancies for sex workers then what chance do front line Jobcentre staff have? Claimants are already being threatened with sanctions for not applying for enough vacancies via this shabby website*.
These vacancies (seven in total at time of writing) at least appear to be for a legitimate business based in Norwich. But with seemingly no real checks over whether employers are who they say they are, then what is to stop any old pimp from attempting to recruit young, and quite possibly vulnerable unemployed women through the site?
There is no safety information on Universal Jobmatch despite the website being plagued with a string of spoof vacancies and out and out scams. It seems that if you are unemployed, sick or disabled, then this Government couldn’t give a shit if your identity is stolen or worse you end up butchered by some crazed pervert as happened recently to job seekers in the US.
Whilst David Cameron is pretending to go back to basics with his clampdown on online porn, Iain Duncan Smith’s department is actively involved in recruiting sex workers for strip clubs at a huge cost to the tax payer. The DWP is making this Government a grim laughing stock, and it’s not like Cameron and Osborne needed any help with that.
*This advice for claimants mandated to register for Universal Jobmatch has not changed. Whilst you can be issued with a Jobseeker’s Direction forcing you to sign up to and use the site, you do not have to tick the box giving Jobcentre staff access to snoop on your job search. You should also unticked the box – ticked by default – which gives your permission to receive DWP emails. You can not be forced to use Universal Jobmatch on your home computer, or anywhere but inside the Jobcentre. Should your bungling Jobcentre advisor attempt to force you to apply for sex work then ask to speak to the Jobcentre manager immediately.
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