Computers that bring all Jobcentre services into one device will be installed at more than 700 sites

Job centres go digital with new equipment

High-tech equipment will be installed at more than 700 job centres to make it easier for people to find work.

Around 23,000 electronic signing pads will be installed at job centres across the country, signalling an end to the old-fashioned paper booklets that job seekers carry around and sign every time they visit and saving more than £1m a year.

Free Wi-Fi and 6,000 digital job search computers that bring all job centre services into one device will also be installed to give claimants a new opportunity to search and apply for jobs online, using the equipment on site or their own devices.

Minister for Employment Esther McVey said: “Every day, job centres across the country are helping people into work, contributing to record falls in unemployment. But as the economy grows and the jobs market changes, so are job centres.

“Long gone are the Full Monty days of job cards in the windows and queuing for your dole. We’re seeing record employment levels – and with this digital revolution, the government is doing even more to help people into work.”

Removing the standalone job points, which have been a fixture of job centres for two decades, and installing the new computers will save more than £2m a year according to the Department of Work and Pensions.

The electronic pads will also help to improve security, reduce fraud in the welfare system and make the job-seeking process paperless.

The new computers have already been installed in a number of job centres across the country and the electronic pads will be appearing in job centres from this month with rollout set to be completed by spring next year.

New tech coaches will also be on hand to help job seekers get the most out of the new technology.

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