Job hunters claim they are being forced to apply for jobs they are not qualified for and risk being reported just to satisfy the federal government’s Jobseeker requirements.
Job hunters claim they are being forced to apply for jobs they are not qualified for and risk being reported to satisfy the Federal Government's COVID Jobseeker requirements.
The Morrison government last week revealed it is investigating 240 individuals who have been referred through its Employer Reporting Line.
Specifically, individuals are being reported for submitting inappropriate job applications, failing to attend job interviews or refusing a suitable offer of employment.
Earlier this year, the government increased the Jobseeker unemployment payment by $50 a fortnight. However, the requirements also changed.
From April this year, job hunters accessing Jobseeker are required to undertake 15 job searches per month. This will increase to 20 job searches per month on July 1.
The government has suspended the mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in Greater Melbourne until June 15 under COVID-19 hotspot arrangements.
"So when it's reaching the end of your reporting month and you have only met 50 per cent of your quota for the month you are going to going to start to become creative with job applications that you really shouldn't apply for since you're not qualified in order to meet the stupid quota set by the government," one job seeker told nine.com.au.
'I have a great deal of stress and anxiety every month'
"I have a great deal of stress and anxiety every month making sure I have completed the job plan as properly as I can as with Jobseeker I am going backwards financially and want to work.
"But at the same time, can't afford to get demerits on the job search plan for failing to apply for set number of jobs and risk having payment halted because of it."
He said of the 15 jobs he applied for last month he received only two responses letting him know he was unsuccessful.
"The rest don't even bother sending out an automated email saying you weren't selected this time," he said.
Another job hunter who contacted nine.com.au took issue with the government's requirements.
"In my eyes it is discrimination to ask for that (say a driver's license) for a job position that does not require it," he said.
"How many people who don't drive automatically ineligible for a job they can do."
He also called for the government to set up a dob in an employer hotline, to match its 'dobseeker' hotline.
"Why should it always be one way where the job seeker is always in the wrong," he said.
A business owner who contacted nine.com.au agreed.
"Restaurants have staff shortages because the owners and managers and chefs are rude and treat everyone badly. So, staff never stay long," he said in an email.
"Then they want you to have split shifts of a total of three hours per shift which prevents you from having a life or taking care of your family. Two hours to get to work and two hours to get home plus four hours between shifts to kill time hanging around for the second shift to start.
"The restaurants are the problems, not the public."
Hospitality industry skills shortage
Celebrity chef Luke Mangan yesterday said unreliable job seekers were the "real problem" for the Australian hospitality sector.
The Sydney restaurateur says he is among business owners who claim they are being stung by the Federal Government's COVID-19 Jobseeker payments program.
"We're a seven day a week business pre-COVID. We are now only operating four days a week, only because we can't get the staff to open the other shifts, so that's a real worry," Mr Mangan told 2GB's Jim Wilson.
"So that means they are sitting at home and they're being paid by the government and that's a real problem," Mr Mangan said.
Mr Mangan suggested the government needed to invest more into training to help with the skills shortage.
He also acknowledged the hospitality industry needed to play its part.
"I think our industry needs to sell itself better… we've had some bad track records with wage theft and things like that, which hopefully we can all move on from," he said.
"The jobs are out there… they do need some level of experience… we're not just going to take people for the sake of it."
Minister for Employment Stuart Robert said of the 300 complaints made by business owners to the hotline, 240 complaints are being investigated.
Victorians made up the highest portion of calls, roughly 33 per cent. This compares to 24 per cent from Queensland and 17 per cent from NSW.
The nation's unemployment rate figures released in May suggest it sits at 5.5 per cent.
Contact reporter Kate Kachor at email@example.com
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/job-hunters-risking-being-reported-to-satisfy-governments-jobseeker-requirements/163acfef-60e7-45f9-ac9a-978687230406