THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT is to make it compulsory for jobseekers to sign up to its new Universal Jobsmatch website in order to look for employment – and warns those who do not use the site’s services could lose their benefits.
Government officials will also be able to remotely monitor the activities of jobseekers on the website and determine whether they are genuinely making an effort to find work. While the tracking element is not compulsory – as EU law forbids the monitoring of people online without their consent – job advisers will be able to impose sanctions if they feel unemployed persons are not trying hard enough to find work.
No such scheme exists in Ireland, but we’d like to know what you think of the idea…
If someone is claiming benefits, should the government be allowed to monitor their online job searches on an official website?