The site has come under fire for data security issues in the past.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) admitted this week that:
“Management have stated that they have increased the number of checks on the site to prevent ‘bogus’ adverts appearing, but are unable to offer any cast-iron guarantees that vacancies of this type will not appear in the future.
“PCS has also challenged management around employers offering jobs with salaries/wages below the national minimum wage level. Again, management state that they are constantly monitoring any misuse of the system. Although they admit that there a number of fixes to the site still to be made, for example around the geographical searches, management insist that the site popular and well used.”
The Kleeneze saga
Catalogue company Kleeneze employ distributors (who must part with money to be signed up to the company) have been criticised for “abusing” the Universal Job Match site by posting misleading adverts, in which they do not make clear who will be employing the individual.
Often masquerading under the name of ‘Findel’, Job seekers respond to these adverts and are contacted by a sales person who pushes the upfront Kleeneze fee. Individuals claim to have lost £250 due to these fees, and are left with nothing to show for it.
However, Universal Jobmatch, although now mandatory, does not offer this option.
Jobmatch site “walk-throughs”
Public and Commercial Service’s Union said this week that:
“It has been brought to the attention of PCS that some District Managers are encouraging FLAs to set up their own UJ account and then take claimants for a ‘walkthrough’ of the system. PCS has challenged the security aspect of this process and, as a result, management centrally, have issued clear instructions that this practice must stop.”
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