The Department for Work and Pensions is looking into accusations that a Coventry recruiter posted 11,000 false job openings on the government’s universal Jobmatch website. The DWP barred Coventry recruiter Mark Coward from using his universal Jobmatch account, and eliminated an undefined amount of his openings from the site.
Mark Coward disagrees with any wrongdoing.
According to the DWP, this is the second time Mark Coward has been deferred from posting vacancies on the universal Jobmatch site, after the first deferment followed a customer complaint. Nevertheless, after the Department for Work and Pensions giving adequate assurances that the advertisements were for genuine positions with licit employers, Mark Coward has been allowed to continue posting vacancies.
Since universal Jobmatch was set in motion in 2012, its investigations have led to the expulsion of approximately 3,000 false vacancies created overall through more than 500 accounts. The 3,000 vacancies do not result in any of the current allegedly false vacancies attached to Mark Coward.
A number of instances have led to criminal prosecutions, although there has not been any additional details on this.
One in 50 of all jobs posted on the Universal Jobmatch site was posted by way of nine online recruitment platforms and businesses connected with Mark Coward, even though there was no timeframe for the job postings.
There was an endeavor to ascertain the believability of a number of adverts on the Universal Jobmatch site posted by two recruitment companies associated with Mark Coward, though, after calling upon the two locations where jobs had been posted, one in Kent and the remaining one in the Scottish Highlands, it appears these jobs did not exist.
It is also alleged that Mark Coward took thousands of pounds for marketing job products for applicants, and that advertisements placed by Mark Coward included an option to click-through to the online candidate registration page of a legal recruitment job board CV Library. Each CV uploaded to the job board gained Mark Coward a £1 referral remuneration from CV Library, offering referral, or subsidiary fees which is a lawful practice used by numerous job boards to animate traffic to their sites.
It is extremely customary for job boards to buy traffic to their sites. These involve other leading job boards such as Totaljobs, Monster and Jobsite who all purchase traffic to a lesser or larger degree.
Job Boards will either pay about 10 pence for each click or between £1 and £3 for each candidate registration.
CV library is currently in detailed communications with our legal team about the next steps of seeking legal action against Mark Coward, and CV library’s connection with the companies in question and Mark Coward is simply that Mr Coward was given an external banner and URL to convey direct traffic to us, much like a relationship you would have with any search engine or third party advertising rostrum.