A letter from the Labour Ministry to the unemployed in the UK has sparked criticism over the quality of job applications.
The letter, sent by Labour Minister Tristram Hunt, is being used to recruit the unemployed into the civil service.
In the letter, the Ministry asks for proof of employment, such as proof of a full-time position or full-year contract, proof of unemployment insurance, a letter from your employer, and proof of benefits.
The ministry claims that it can help unemployed workers get on with their lives and said the letter was “very clear and clear” and the “best way to get the job”.
The letter has sparked concern from unions.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The Ministry of Job and Family Support must urgently publish a new letter that is as clear as it can be, clear as a bloke’s dream, clear in the sense that it’s a document that the unemployed need to have, not a letter that they have to write.”
He added that the letter “shows a complete lack of understanding of the skills and knowledge of those who need the job in the workplace”.
The UK’s unemployment rate stands at 5.6 per cent, while the UK’s overall jobless rate stands around 3.4 per cent.
A total of 1,631,000 people are unemployed in Britain, according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures.
The Ministry of Work and Pensions said it would respond to the letter within 30 working days.
Unions have warned that the new letter was not as clear and it is unclear if it will apply to people who have lost their jobs due to automation or the global financial crisis.
A spokesperson for the Unite union said: ‘It’s quite shocking that the Ministry would need to send a letter like this to the entire unemployed population.’
The letter says there is no evidence that the jobs being advertised in this letter are for people who want them and it will not be an option for those looking for employment.
It also states: ‘The unemployed are the people who should be given the most help to find work.’
A spokesperson from the employment charity, Disability Rights UK, said: The letter does nothing to address the very real concerns about the quality and availability of jobs in the workforce and is completely unhelpful.
‘It is also not clear why a letter is required, which will mean people won’t know if the job they have advertised is actually available for them.’
The Department of Work & Pensions is also under a duty to ensure that employers have a clear set of skills and qualifications that can ensure they are eligible to receive Jobseeker’s Allowance and that the UK does not fall behind on the global job market.’