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Jobcentre Plus

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all employers offering jobs to be advertised through Jobcentre Plus are asked whether the job can be offered on a flexible, part-time or jobshare basis. (309978)

[holding answer 11 January 2010]: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Darra Singh. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Darra Singh:

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has asked me to reply to your question whether all employers offering jobs to be advertised through Jobcentre Plus are asked whether the job can be offered on a flexible, part-time or jobshare basis. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Jobcentre Plus always asks for details about the hours that are required, including any relevant terms and conditions, though employers are not routinely asked whether the job can be offered on a flexible or jobshare basis. If, however, the employer wishes to include information about jobshare or flexible working this information can be recorded on the vacancy.

Jobcentre Plus also contacts employers about each vacancy once they have been displayed by us for 48 hours. This enables us to discuss the employer's recruitment needs and identify if the employer may be interested in other Jobcentre Plus initiatives as well as identifying if there are other ways which could be considered to help the employer fill their vacancy. This will include the possible options around flexibility, part time working and job share.

Jobcentre Plus is currently looking at options to obtain this type of information from employers as part of its transforming labour market services programme. The programme aims to provide a personal service that helps individuals access sustainable work part of which will be to include details of flexibility and jobshare options where they apply when the employer initially places the vacancy.