In an era of new technology, it seems bizarre that computer systems are not much more effectively applied by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) in the sphere of unemployment.
Presently, those registered as unemployed are required to regularly go through the rigamarole of applying for a minimum number of jobs per week. Not only is this a particularly inefficient approach with very few applications resulting in job interviews (never mind actual job offers), but unduly bothersome of potential employers.
From the Government’s standpoint, it seems that it would be simply too convenient for both employers and unemployed/underemployed to have an online database which could be regularly maintained up-to-date by job seekers and consulted by employers looking to fill vacancies.
Employers with vacancies to fill could search the database for individuals who appeared to have appropriate qualifications, job experience etc and invite them to submit more detailed applications. In the event of Claimants failing to supply the requisite details, attend for interview or accept offers of employment, the DWP could impose various sanctions depending upon particular circumstances which, ultimately, might result in a loss of all benefits.
In return for abolishing the present time consuming, frustrating and depressing method dealing with JSA Claimants, It would not be unreasonable to require registered job seekers to provide other services in return for the benefits being paid . For example, fit job seekers could be required to carry out support work in hard-pressed spheres eg cleaning in hospitals, care homes etc etc.