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Is the preferred official term in the UK for those who are unemployed and available for work. Most job seekers are entitled to the Job seekers' Allowance, a state insurance payment for those without work. In recent decades, receipt of this benefit has become more conditional, with job seekers now required to make a job seeker's agreement with a government employment officer (see conditionality). This agreement must set out the steps that the claimant will take to seek employment and improve his or her chances of obtaining employment. The introduction of job seekers' agreements is part of a broader welfare to work policy in Britain, which attempts to pressure unemployed benefit claimants into paid work.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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