Inspired by the PR shitstorm Tesco have got themselves into over this advert:http://jobcentreplus.jobhits.co.uk/TESC ... -BSD-27442
It originally said permanent but this was an alleged IT error by the DWP. So, instead, we have mandatory unpaid work experience under guarantee of an interview. Despite the fact the company has had 1400 JSA claimants take part in the past 4 months. Their PR indicates they've created 300 jobs from this government funded scheme (SBWA).
You only have to look at their Facebook page (when they aren't deleting comments) to see the negative feedback.http://www.facebook.com/tesco
In 2008, the DWP comissed a report on workfare in America, Canada and here. The findings were damning:
There is little evidence that workfare increases the likelihood of findinghttp://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rpo ... rep533.pdf
work. It can even reduce employment chances by limiting the time available
for job search and by failing to provide the skills and experience valued by
– Subsidised (‘transitional’) job schemes that pay a wage can be more
effective in raising employment levels than ‘work for benefit’ programmes.
– Workfare is least effective in getting people into jobs in weak labour
markets where unemployment is high.
– Levels of non-participation in mandatory activities are high in some
So, if the average claimant has to work 40 hours a week for their JSA in Tesco they'd receive a mere £1.33 an hour (under 25) and £1.68 an hour if they are over 25. Failure to turn up or complete the program sees your benefits cut for 13 weeks and 6 months for repeat offenders.