The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) takes approximately 4 million job vacancies from about 330,000 employers every year. During the period January 2013 to August 2013, 312 employer accounts were identified as inappropriate and closed. Although a relatively small percentage of the total number of vacancies handled, the Department regards any infiltration of its services as a serious matter and takes immediate steps to minimise adverse impact to jobseekers.
The service proactively identifies potentially inappropriate job advertisements by checking for known IP addresses (through specific computer recognition) and email domains that are linked to this activity. Searches are also undertaken to identify particular words/phrases to eliminate potentially improper access.
Where it is known that Universal Jobmatch has been directly targeted, the offending job advert is removed immediately. In cases where DWP establish evidence that jobseekers have been matched to potentially spurious jobs, immediate action is taken to alert the Jobseeker not to proceed further with the job application. DWP has also worked with police authorities to support the pursuit of criminal proceedings.