Universal Jobmatch

Received this notification today from the JobCentrePlus.

All agencies that use the job centre to post their vacancies will be using the new system from 19th November 2013.

"Dear  Recruiter
Introduction to Universal Jobmatch  - New Recruitment Service

I am pleased to announce that on 19 November 2012, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will launch Universal Jobmatch, a new free* online job posting and matching service.

This exciting new development will be one of the largest jobsites in the UK, and will save you time, effort and money by speeding up your recruitment process.

From 19 November you will need to post all your jobs online using Universal Jobmatch as it is replacing both the current Jobcentre Plus vacancy management services  - Employer Direct and Employer Direct Online.

By using new technology, Universal Jobmatch can quickly, easily and conveniently match your recruitment needs to a supply of suitably skilled jobseekers.

With your own Universal Jobmatch account you can manage all aspects of your recruitment online and at your convenience.
This includes:
  • placing jobs and receiving a shortlist of suitable jobseekers
  • reviewing the jobs you are advertising
  • reviewing the CVs matched to your jobs
  • selecting the jobseekers you want to apply for jobs
  • explore the number of potential jobseeker matches before posting a job and, receive an anonymous list ranked by best match first.

Jobcentre Plus advisers will provide support to unemployed jobseekers to improve their CVs so that they represent themselves and their skills effectively. This will help to ensure the best matches to your jobs.
Universal Jobmatch will be accessed via GOV.UK
Please see our frequently asked questions for more information."

I'm wondering if the recruitment world as we have known it will now change?


  1. http://cdn.consent.me.uk/universal-jobmatch jobcentre-notes.pdf

    Universal Jobmatch
    Notes for Jobcentre Plus staff

    “Requiring Jobcentre Plus customers to use the Services

    10.7 When the Services are implemented, Jobcentre Plus customers (including potential jobseekers) will not be mandated to register and create a profile.”
    From: DWP TLMS Schedule 2.1, Authority (Universal
    Jobmatch) Requirements

    “Q8. Does everyone have to register to search for jobs?
    No, but if not, jobseeker’s will not be able to access all the facilities listed in question 7.”

    “Q13. Will claims to benefit be affected by the service?
    No, this is a job posting and matching service, which is open to everyone, not just benefit claimants and is not
    connected to any claims.”
    From: Universal Jobmatch question and answer brief
    (August 2012)

    “The first time you login you can set up a profile and authorise [consent to] us [or not] to view your account and send you messages.”
    From: Jobcentre leaflet – An overview of Universal
    Jobmatch for jobseekers

  2. Well, it is changing, that's for sure, and I believe it's changing for the better. This sounds like a great step forward. Thanks for sharing.


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