A spot check of the government’s Universal Jobmatch website undertaken by Channel 4 News has found that more than one in five adverts listed are copies.
Analysing a random sample of 2.7 million jobs placed on the site in the last 12 months, we found that more than 650,000 offered duplicated descriptions.
The news comes as former minister for welfare reform, Frank Field, has claimed Jobmatch is “bedevilled with fraud” and “out of control”, after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed to him that more than 350,000 vacancies advertised on the site are suspected of breaching the government’s own terms and conditions.
Those claiming jobseekers’ allowance are required to use the site as a condition of receiving benefits. Field is calling on the secretary of state, Iain Duncan Smith, to “get a grip”.