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UNITED KINGDOM: Changes to Job Centre Plus Advertising

Sponsors in the United Kingdom have been required to advertise their vacancies on Job Centre Plus before they can hire a foreign migrant to perform a non-shortage occupation role on a salary of less than £70,000. On November 19, 2012, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) launched a new online job posting and matching service, Universal Jobmatch. This replaces the current vacancy management service, Employer Direct and Employer Direct Online, for companies and the Job Centre Plus jobs and skills search facility for job-seekers.

Before placing an ad, an employer first must create an account online and obtain a Government Gateway account. Once the Government Gateway account is set up, the same ID and password is used to log in to Universal Jobmatch and place an advertisement.

The UKBA has confirmed that SOC codes are no longer required in the advertising posting. Also, the number of words has been expanded to enable employers to fully explain the role and skills required for a particular vacancy. This is then matched to resumes posted on the site.


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