There is a Job Centre in every major urban centre in the UK. As such, there will certainly be one close to you – either in your city or town, or in your nearest town if you live in a rural area with no Job Centre of its own. To find your nearest Job Centre, just go to the official job centre website (this isn’t it) and look for the “Jobcentre Locator” option. Alternatively, you can Google “[your location] nearest Job Centre” to be shown the location and address of your closest Jobcentre.
Job Centre Connection Numbers:
|The Job Centre||Number|
|The Job Centre Head Office||0844 453 0218|
|The Job Centre Online||0844 248 2557|
|The Job Centre Plus||0843 208 2058|
|The Job Centre NI||0844 453 0218#|
|The Job Centre Jobs||0843 208 2058#|
|The Job Centre Services||0844 248 2557#|
By calling the above numbers, we can connect you to those Job Centre departments. All calls to this number cost 7 pence per minute, plus your telephone network access charge. Please note we are not associated with any of the companies listed on this website. We offer a call connection service.
The Job Centre Head Office
Calling this number will connect you directly to the Job Centre Head Office, the address for which can found above. You can use this number to make a complaint about a member of staff, or about your treatment in your local centre.
The Job Centre Online
The Job Centre Online is a web service that brings the benefits of the Job Centre to your home, allowing customers to access many of the services provided by the Job Centre any time, from any location. The website is easy to navigate, and is tailored to helping people who are not “job ready” to improve their skills and CVs to the standard that employers are looking for, and matching those employers up with the people seeking work.
The website provides links to training opportunities and learning resources, and even has a dedicated “jobs board” which provides access to information, vacancies and applications for a huge range of jobs, sorting them by the type of job and the field it is based in. If you are ready to apply, you only need to use this resource to find vacancies near you, and the information needed, to kick-start your career!
Job Centre Plus
Job Centre Plus was formed in 2002, and dissolved in 2011 – it has since been replaced entirely by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). When it was functional, the Job Centre Plus agency provided services mostly to those people looking for employment, as well as providing financial support in the form of Jobseeker’s Allowance to those people who were looking for work and required enough money to live through the search, as well as people who were incapable of finding employment due to illness or incapacity, including the illness and incapacity generated by drug addiction.
While the Job Centre Plus has been disbanded, a new service independent of the DWP which covers some of the same services ahs been launched, called Universal Jobmatch – allowing jobseekers to search an online database for possible jobs while employers register their vacancies and gain the ability to recruit from the massive pool of potential employees that entails.
For more information on what became of Jobcentre Plus, or to find more information on Universal Jobmatch and other jobseeker’s services, call the Job Centre contact line on 0844 453 0218, from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Job Centre NI
Northern Ireland operates a different Jobcentre service to the rest of the UK, with Jobcentre NI. This service is analogous to the mainland British Jobcentre, and provides the same services, broadly speaking. There is even a Jobcentre NI Online website which provides all the benefits of the primary Jobcentre Online service.
Job Centre Jobs
The Job Centre exists to help connect unemployed people to employers, and to prepare them to be “job ready” and able to work towards a better life. As such, job centre jobs are everywhere – they are the primary purpose of the institution.
However, if you want to go one further and actually work at the Job Centre, you can apply the same way you’d use their help to get any other job. When you sign up there, make it clear from the outset that you want to get a job at the job centre itself. The people working there will be happy to inform you of the steps you need to take to qualify, and the best ways to get started in the business.
The Job Centre Services
If you are unhappy with your Jobcentre, because it is unhelpful, you disagree with the staff, it is too far away to be convenient, you have moved home or you simply feel like it isn’t working, you can change the Job Centre you go at any time.
In order to minimise potential disruption to your benefits payments, it is advised that you wait until the day after your payment has gone in to request the transfer, giving the maximum time for the transfer to go ahead successfully. By taking that simple step, you are helping to make sure that the benefits office has ample time to update your paperwork, and the chances of your next payment being delayed are as low as possible.
The Job Centre is open every day, but individual job centres operate slightly different opening hours depending on their individual needs and circumstances. If you need to know the days and times that your nearest jobcentre is open, you can simply google the name of your town, the word “job centre” and then click in to the most relevant result for more information on your individual job centre’s opening times.
The Job Centre can do much more besides simply administering Jobseeker’s Allowance. If you are signing on for jobseeker’s allowance, you will have to visit the jobcentre once per fortnight, but any member of the public can go into a jobcentre at any time to look at job vacancies or ask for help in finding a job.
One of the primary things the Job Centre can do for a jobseeker is provide personalised help in finding employment that suits you. The first time that you sign in for Jobseeker’s Allowance, you’ll be provided with an advisor who is dedicated to providing support and advice while you search for jobs. They will be able to take into account your ambitions, skills, aptitudes and qualifications to find training programmes, apprenticeships and vacancies that suit you, as well as paying for the necessary travel that you take to get to interviews or training.
If you’re more interested in setting up your own business, the Job Centre can help you with that too – they are able to pair you off with a mentor, who can help advise and instruct on the proper way to build a business, and can even provide financial support through the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme. As of the time of writing, the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme has helped almost 20,000 businesses to start.
The launch of the new jobseeker’s website, Universal Jobmatch, in 2015 also helped to move the JobCentre into the 21st century, as it opens their online job-finding services to any citizen who wants to use them, not just those signed on at the jobcentre. Like any other job-match website, it allows customers to see the available vacancies posted by employers, and to apply for them via the site, but it also provides the opportunity to upload a CV and personal statement which employers can see, allowing them to look for you.
In addition, if you are on jobseeker’s allowance, you can select an option on Universal Jobmatch which makes your account visible to your advisor, allowing them to confirm that you have been looking for work online.