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Monster World Wide will help jobless into work

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has signed a deal with Monster Worldwide for a range of online job advertisement and search services.

A contract award notice has appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The solution will offer an extended job search by aggregating vacancies advertised directly by Jobcentre Plus, as well as vacancies from employers’ own websites and other job boards.

Companies without an online recruitment system will be able to use a self-service facility to create a vacancy and manage responses from potential candidates, according to the DWP.

People looking for work will be able to;

  • Create their own secure online accounts,
  • Set up an online profile,
  • The sytem will suggest alternative jobs,
  • Match individual profiles and vacancies,
  • Give employers and job seekers an “automated match“,

The new system will;

  • Track the activities of job seekers and provide the DWP with business and labour market intelligence,
  • Employers and job seekers can provide real time information about their experiences,


The facility will be available to;

  • The public via Directgov,
  • To employers via Businesslink and EURES,
  • To Jobcentre Plus personnel via internal systems.

The estimated contract value is between £14.45m and £20.44m .


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Help the Unemployed become self employed…. Enterprise clubs

More needs to be done to encourage and help unemployed people to see self-employment as a viable route off benefits and into financial independence.

On 31 January 2011, the Minister for Employment announced the launch of Enterprise Clubs which is targeted at unemployed people interested in self-employment

The main aim of Enterprise Clubs is to help people make the most of local knowledge and resources to help unemployed people in their communities set themselves up as self-employed or start their own business.

They will empower local communities and encourage people to work together to offer additional support to unemployed people who are interested in becoming self-employed. They will also help local communities to become more prosperous by encouraging private sector growth.

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Set up a Work Club

In an attempt to get Get Britain Working the Coalition Government have established Work Clubs. Work Clubs aim to support the development of a network of locally led, community based support for the unemployed.

The main aim of Work Clubs is to help people make the most of local knowledge and resources to help unemployed people in their communities gain employment. The hope is that they will empower local communities and encourage people to work together to offer additional support to the unemployed.

Work Clubs will provide unemployed people with a place to meet and exchange skills, find opportunities, make contacts, share experiences and receive support to help them in their return to work.

Work Clubs is one of a number of options we are developing to get Britain working and will focus on supporting the move into a job ahead of entry to the Work Programme.

For those who would like to set up and run or support a Work Club in your area.

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Welfare Reform: Where are we?

House of Lords that’s where


The 2011 Welfare Reform Bill is now in Grand Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

  • It will replace existing out-of-work benefits and tax credits with a single Universal Credit.
  • In-work conditionality (see Briefing note 11) will be defined by an earnings threshold: the equivalent of a 35-hour week on the national minimum wage (currently £212.80). Workers who fall below this threshold must increase their work.


  • The threshold for single parents with a child under 13 will be about 20 hours with gross pay of £120. With children over 12 they will be expected to work full time within 90 minutes of their home.


  • Conditionality will be Personalised (see Briefing note 12). Mothers and fathers will be treated as separate individuals rather than as a family. With a child under 13, one must be designated as the carer who will be under the same conditionality as a single parent. The other will be treated as a single worker. A couple with children over 12 will both be expected to work 35 hours.



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– DWP restructuring

Organisational changes to Jobcentre Plus and the Pension, Disability and Carers Service announced

The Department for Work and Pensions announced that from 1 October 2011 the day-to-day operations of Jobcentre Plus and the Pension, Disability and Carers Service will be brought under the leadership of a single Chief Operating Officer, as part of the restructuring of DWP. At that point Jobcentre Plus and the Pension, Disability and Carers Service will cease to have formal executive agency status.

These changes will not affect the way help and support are provided to the public. Services under the brands of Jobcentre Plus, Pension, Disability and Carers Service will continue to be delivered to jobseekers, benefit claimants and pensioners as before and Ministerial accountability also remains unaffected by these changes.

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Prince’s Trust to Partner Jobcentre Plus

Charitable organisations will be based in local Jobcentre Plus centres to aid young people into volunteering, training, education and employment, the government has announced.

Organisations such as the Prince’s Trust will consult and advise with unemployed people struggling to find sustainable work, as the DWP continues its mission to reduce the 2.5 million unemployment figure.


Yesterday in Parliament, the Secretary of State for the DWP, Iain Duncan-Smith MP said:

“Prince’s Trust advisers and other local voluntary organisations will start to have a desk that they man in Jobcentres in the next few weeks, and that provision should be available pretty much around the country in April. This will be enormously helpful in tying the voluntary sector in to some of the most difficult people.

“First, what we are doing will really open the door to the voluntary sector’s engagement in the whole process.


The scheme will target disadvantaged young people as well as the economically inactive, those who have not sought work for over a month.  The UK inactivity rate for 16-64 year olds rose 0.2 per cent to 9.37 million for the three months to November 2010, while the number of unemployed 16-24 year olds reached 951, 000, on the quarter, the highest level since 1992.  Martina Milburn, Chief executive at the Prince’s Trust believes these figures will fall as charitable organisations aid young people to find training, education and employment:

Website:  DirectGov, Parliament, ONS, Prince’s Trust






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Newsletter 6th September 2010: Work Programme contracts have reduced termination period, 16,000 JCP short-term contracts come to an end. Banker and former Virgin Executive joins Yes Minister.

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