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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Welfare-to-work firms 'favouring job-ready candidates'

Job-ready candidates are more likely to be given a role than the long-term unemployed, according to an academic.

York University professor Roy Sainsbury said firms that are paid to hire jobseeker claimants under the government's flagship £3 billion welfare-to-work programme are slow at giving jobs to the long-term unemployed.

According to the Guardian, his report states that private firms, which are openly favouring the most job-ready participants opposed to those with more severe barriers to work.

Under the government scheme, firms are paid between £4,000 and £14,000 for every long-term job they give to an unemployed person who is participating in the programme.

Mr Sainsbury said there were also problems with the way that job centre staff were preparing candidates.

"A lot of [applicants] were just being sent along to the work programme provider with little information about what to expect, without knowing what was compulsory and what was not," he explained.

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By: Salespeak News

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