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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2020 to Question 42043, what steps she is taking to (a) increase the number of job vacancies posted to her Department’s find a job website, (b) increase the take-up of those vacancies and (c) ensure that vacancies are for roles where Government guidance on social distancing during the covid-19 can be observed.
We are working with departments across Government to understand supply & demand across the labour market and, where there are shortages, we are working with them to promote the Government Find a Job matching service. We are also reaching out to employers and sector bodies through our social channels to encourage them to place vacancies on the site.
The Department has launched a new website for jobseekers to maximise take up of vacancies. Jobhelp.dwp.gov.uk provides job search hints and tips as well as crucial advice on transferable skills for those people who need to change sectors. It also highlights live large-scale recruitment in a range of industries as well as the Find a Job Government Skills matching service.
BEIS have issued the Working Safely guidance which was developed in conjunction with HSE and other partners, including ACAS. Under the new guidance, employers should do a risk assessment and employees, or potential employees, can report an employer if they have concerns that the guidance isn’t being followed. Contact details to report concerns are on the HSE website.