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UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless 278

An anonymous reader writes "Jobseekers will be offered the chance to look for work through the new Universal Jobmatch website, which automatically pairs them up with opportunities that suit their skills after scanning their CVs. It will also allow employers to search for new workers among the unemployed and send messages inviting them to interviews. However, their activities may also be tracked using cookies, so their Job Centre advisers know how many searches they have been doing and whether they are turning down viable opportunities. Iain Duncan-Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the scheme would 'revolutionize' the process of looking for work. He said anyone without a job after signing up to the scheme would be lacking 'imagination.'"
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UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

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  • by monkeyhybrid ( 1677192 ) on Friday December 21, 2012 @07:18AM (#42358043)

    Which is fine and dandy but there are NO 4 open positions per month for nuclear physicist. So?

    Move to Iran or North Korea?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21, 2012 @09:44AM (#42358811)

    I would go so far as to say that it is absolutely your human right to die homeless if you are unwilling to work to support yourself. Welfare is great for those who are faced with a bad situation and need help to get out of it, but it's not meant to be a lifestyle choice.

    I would go so far as to say that you sound remarkably like a Markov chain generator trained on the Daily Mail website.


  • by hackula ( 2596247 ) on Friday December 21, 2012 @10:14AM (#42359087)
    6 months to find a job? Anyone is going to get a job should be able to get it in 3 months. What is really happening in month 5 that could not have happened by month 2? Don't get me wrong, I support unemployment insurance. I prefer someone getting a check in the mail to having the payment "manually extracted" from my wallet at gunpoint when everything goes all mad max. At the same time, there needs to be some sort of accountability. To receive unemployment, you should be below a certain net worth, not be using drugs (I have no problem with drugs, but drugs are a luxury item that is probably not helping job prospects), and there needs to be some sort of incentive to not stay on them the maximum time. In the US we have people who have been unemployed for 2+ years. This is ridiculous. You could easily learn a completely new trade with guaranteed job prospects in that amount of time. Unemployment is basically inevitable. Most people are perfectly capable of building up a 6 month emergency fund, and any financial planner will tell you that the emergency fund is probably the most essential part of anyone's financial life. Do it and you will be self insured for 6 months of unemployment with no stress and whatever life style you are used to. If you want to dip into the safety net, that is fine, but it should be more stressful and you should have to jump through a few hoops, so that option will be disincentivised while still keeping you from being the hobo who stabs me for my wallet.

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