Started on Monday. Got a leaflet today when I signed on (which went smoothly, fortunately). Thankfully there was no mention of compulsion to register, though I'm sure my new best friends at the Work Programme will regard registration as part of their 'compliance'.
It's shit. The old jobcentre search site was bad: jobs were organised appallingly containing text that was cut and paste from other sites with no proper explanation. The search parameters didn't work and it was a huge chore to search for anything. This site is still badly ignored, but to get the most out of it you 'need' to register. You don't have to, according to the DWP. In fact not every advert contains contact information that is gated behind registration.
Why are we being coerced to sign? The owner is yet another private outfit, in this case Monster, so of course it's all about the continuing slow motion privatisation of the jobcentre. Sadly instead of objecting to this I get an adviser keen to hand over a leaflet telling me all about it!
Aside from their dreadful security, Monster has highly worrying privacy issues on this site. It even says that, if you are concerned, you shouldn't register. Good advice.
When I look at the site and type in my postcode to search the local vacancies within a 20 mile radius (which is as reasonable as it gets), it still comes up with vacancies at the other end of the country. The vast majority of adverts are from agencies. As well as being able to upload a CV you can even click a drop down box to tell them (ie your adviser) why you haven't applied for a job - in other words sanction suicide.
Interestingly, if your DWP/WP adviser wants you to give them access to your UJ account you could quote this:
"2.3.12 share your login credentials to the site with anyone else;"
2.3.18 send unwanted mail or email, make unwanted phone calls or send unwanted faxes promoting and/or advertising products or services to any person that uses the service, or contact any person that uses the service who has asked not to be contacted by you;"
which is from the terms and conditions of the site.
Recruiters (which may or may not include the DWP and the WP) are also subject to:
"10.4 You agree that CVs sent to you:
10.4.1 will be used and handled in accordance with privacy and data protection laws;
10.4.2 will not be used for any purpose other than as a way for you to identify potential employees or workers.
10.5 You agree not to contact jobseekers unless it is about a job and they have indicated that they are willing to be contacted. You agree to only contact them in the manner that they have specified they wish to be contacted."
So no fucking spam! Best of all: just don't register your personal details!