Job seekers guide to finding Universal Job matches with DirectGov and to avoid junk job listings


Universal Jobmatch on the DirectGov web site is a way for people looking for full or part-time jobs in both Great Britain and abroad.

DirectGov jobsearch and JobCentre vacancies have faced many criticisms for listing many unnecessary and fake job vacancies that are often repeated and spammed. However, if you were to avoid irrelevant listing it can be a useful tool for jobseekers to find widespread work.

Jobseekers in the UK most popularly use ‘universal jobmatch’ to pursue work in the retail and supermarket departments, which is not unexpected as it is usually a first option for part time and temporary vacancy searchers along with permanent positions. Brands such as Primark, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Boots, Next and New Look are popular departments for job applicants through DirectGov.


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As sign up is not a requirement of the website, you can browse job vacancies in the area you want to peruse a career in for free. It even provides you with websites and phone numbers to contact. However, if you do sign up, you can upload your CV so that hiring managers can find you as well as having the option of saving jobs and search preferences.

If the listing is from a job board, contact the board directly through the phone or email and ask about the details of the position and how you can apply for it.

Speak to hiring companies and brands to find out if the position listed is on-going or whether it has been filled. If it hasn’t, apply directly to them via their websites and include in your cover letter the position and place you found it.

Beware of listings that are repeated, as they are less likely to be credible. It is most probably someone fishing for advertisements or clicks onto their website, or worse, can be fraudulent.

For unknown listing research the company and the job by visiting their website. If you can’t find it or it is completely irrelevant to their own description of the company, there should be alarm bells starting to ring. You should consider that even if it isn’t fraudulent, how professional is it?

If the company doesn’t provide a name there is no point in applying. Use Google to research the company by adding scam after the name to see if there have been any reported cons by that establishment.

Check the company’s references by asking them directly. You can do this by asking for a list of employees or contractors and contacting them. If the company refuses to provide any forms of references like names, email addresses or phone numbers, it would be worth re-thinking the prospect.

If they have vague job requirements and descriptions like ‘must be 18 years old’ and ‘must have Internet access’ it is also another warning sign. If it were a real job the requirements would be more specific to include education and experience.

Watch out for unprofessional email responses that contain spelling, capitalisation, punctuation or grammar mistakes. Also if the email doesn’t include the company’s address or phone it is highly unprofessional.


Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Journalist








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