Over a dozen job vacancies on the government’s job seeking website are advertising for male only teachers in Saudi Arabia in breach of UK recruitment laws.
The teaching vacancies, which ask for “MALE Applicants only”, appear on the DWP’s Universal Jobmatch website, the scandal hit online recruitment service run by Monster Jobs which unemployed people are bullied into using by Jobcentres.
In an embarassment for the government these vacancies have come to light on the same day that the DWP published a Privacy Impact Assessment for the website outlining how potential employers using the site are vetted.
Previously any dodgy bastard could post a job advertisement to Universal Jobmatch with barely any checks on whether they were a genuine employer. This led to a predictable series of spoof vacancies along with many outright scams. In order to prevent this the DWP have said that staff now check the first advert placed for each new employer. Yet as these vacancies show, that hasn’t worked.
The problem is that most of the job adverts are automatically generated from other recruitment sites, meaning there is little real checking of whether the positions are genuine or legal. These ‘male only’ teaching jobs have been harvested from jobs.co.uk but originally came from the employment agency Alderwood Recruitment. Jobs.co.uk currently have over 40,000 other vacancies posted on Universal Jobmatch.
Alderwood Recruitment boast that they also specialise in hiring staff for the fraud-ridden welfare-to-work sector. Says it all.
If you are required to sign up to Universal Jobmatch you still do not have to tick the box giving the DWP access to your account and can untick the box giving them permission to send you emails. You should only be forced to use the website in Jobcentres. To save time when using the site you can download Universal Automation.
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