'Useless' JobCentre is waste of time says businesswoman
Jean Rasbridge accuses agency of helping benefits claimants 'tick boxes' instead of finding work
WHEN Jean Rasbridge advertised an £8-an-hour position as a warehouse packer with her local JobCentre she got almost 100 applications.
The Swansea businesswoman was delighted with the result, until she compiled a shortlist and began inviting promising applicants for an interview. Of the seven jobseekers offered a shot at the post, only two turned up for an interview and the person she hired didn’t turn up for work.
Now Rasbridge has branded the government employment service “useless” and accused it of helping jobseekers “tick boxes” to keep their benefits, the Daily Mail reports.
“I found the JobCentre completely useless and other people in our industry say the same thing,” said Rasbridge, who runs a company selling electronic cigarettes. “It was a complete waste of time for them, the JobCentre and for us. They weren’t interested in working for us, even when we showed an interest in employing them.”
Her firm has now stopped using JobCentre after its “nightmare” experience, she says.
Rasbridge realised something was amiss when she began getting applications from “people with PhDs, teachers, lecturers”, some of whom lived as far away as Glasgow. “It suddenly clicked with me that they were just filling in the forms to retain their benefits.”
The Mail points out that laws introduced last October mean jobseekers can lose their benefits for up to three years if they repeatedly refuse to seek or be available for work. Rasbridge says the government should make it less attractive for unemployed people to claim benefits.
“When they’ve got to get up at 8am, catch a bus to work and stay until 5pm, there is not much incentive to do so when they are managing well on various benefits,” she said. “It’s too much like hard work.”
A JobCentre spokesman insisted its advisers work hard to help people off benefits and into a job.
“It is only right that jobseekers should do everything they can to find work if they want to claim Jobseekers’ Allowance,” the spokesman told the Mail. “Our advisers will work with them to ensure they apply for jobs which suit their skills and experience.”