Frank Field warns that people may lose faith in Universal Jobmatch.
An outspoken Labour critic of a government jobs site today warned that hundreds of thousands of jobseekers remain at risk of being "ripped off" by fake listings while trying to find employment.
Frank Field MP attacked the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) this afternoon after Jobcentre Plus released a statement this morning to say that Universal Jobmatch was "here to stay".
The statement followed a Guardian story that alleged that internal DWP memos outlined plans to scrap the site just 18 months after its launch.
Field claims his own investigations found numerous false job listings on the site, some of which resulted in the risk of identity fraud.
He told CBR: "What the government fails to realise is that hundreds of thousands of people looking for jobs through this website are open to being ripped off.
"The government’s failure to keep its side of the bargain with jobseekers means people are confronted all too often by fraudsters with a wallet of non-existent jobs.
"That’s why there’s a real danger of people losing faith in this service."
The MP called for additional checks to be put in place to deal with false advertisements, despite the statement from Jobcentre Plus boss Neil Couling stating that "new measures" had been drawn up to tackle them.
Neither Field or Couling elaborated further on the detail of their proposals or plans.
Couling’s statement was a joint release with the CEO of recruitment site Monster, Sal Iannuzzi.
Monster was tasked with providing the jobs site, and the pair took the opportunity to deny claims of a rift between the government and Monster.
However, no commitment was made by the DWP to continue working with Monster following the expiration of its contract in 2016.
The statement merely read: "The DWP – as with any large government procurement – will plan and consider all options for how it delivers the service in the future."