Universal Jobmatch

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24 / 6 / 2015 10.57am

Universal Jobmatch (UJM) is a UK Government job listing website, provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  The site is one of the largest job boards in Europe and is free to use for individual job seekers and employers who want to advertise vacancies.  UJM contains details of all the current job vacancies advertised through Jobcentre Plus and can be accessed through the GOV.UK website.  

Universal Jobmatch and the NHS

It is important that employers and those seeking work in the NHS are aware of UJM, as it is one of the largest and most commonly used job search websites in the UK. An individual searching for jobs will be able to find a range of roles with NHS providers and bodies through the website, ranging from clinical roles to administrative roles and apprenticeships.  In addition, UJM will also contain vacancies with other employers that have an association with the NHS, for example relevant temporary agency roles and opportunities with NHS contractors.  

Interface with NHS Jobs - information for employers

NHS Jobs remains the central website for all job vacancies in the NHS, and that is where employers should primarily advertise.  Since 7 April 2015, when a job vacancy is listed on NHS Jobs, it automatically transfers to UJM, though there may be a processing delay of up to two working days before the vacancy can actually be viewed on UJM.  It is important for employers to be aware that any vacancies listed on NHS Jobs will also be listed on UJM, and employers are encouraged to check that any vacancies automatically transferred appear as they should on both sites.  This interface process also has specific relevance to international recruitment in some circumstances, please see our news page from April and resident labour market test guidance for more information.

NHS Jobs has produced detailed guidance on the interface between the two websites, and instructions on how employers can quickly locate their vacancies on UJM.

How does Universal Jobmatch work?

Many UK jobseekers use UJM as their primary method of online job search, making it a useful resource for those considering workforce supply strategy in the NHS. An individual can use UJM as a basic job search tool by simply accessing the website and entering preferences for a type of job vacancy or geographical location.  Users can also apply for some jobs directly through UJM (though not usually for jobs in the NHS).  In order to access the more advanced functionality of the site, individual users are encouraged to create a Government Gateway (GG) account.  Having a GG account enables users to save a personal profile, store detailed job search criteria and log their job search activity.  A GG user can also make their CV available to employers through UJM and give permission for Jobcentre Plus staff to view and advise on their job search activity. 

Most employers also need to create a GG account in order to post vacancies, but employers in the NHS are covered by a separate vacancy transfer arrangement with the NHS Jobs website (as detailed below) and are not required to register for an organisational GG account.

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