Pôle emploi is preparing to experiment in some regions with a “digital logbook”, in which each unemployed person will have to record their job search procedures on a monthly basis. Otherwise, an unsubscription will be required.

Each month, in order to confirm that they are still looking for a job, all those registered with Pôle Emploi must update themselves (through their online space or by telephone). They are not required to provide any particular proof.

At least for now… Under the pretext of improving “follow-up andsupport” for “job seekers and thus increase the prospects of returning toemployment”, the government would like the unemployed to be required to provide information on “the progress of theirjob search”, when they are updated monthly.

The bill “for the freedom to choose one’s professional future“, presented on Friday 27 April to the Council of Ministers, thus provides for an experiment of this reform in certain regions, starting next year.

A one and a half year experiment, in some regions

The experimental introduction of this system will make it possible to ask job seekers to produce monthly information for their counsellor on their job search procedures and to attest to their job search, in the form of alogbook,” we learn by going through the impact study submitted by the government.

The objective? “To identify job seekers who are having difficulty in their job search“, but also those who “are not active enough in their job search“.

The updating of this logbook, at the time of the monthly update, will be mandatory. Otherwise, the unemployed “will cease to be registered on the list ofjobseekers,” the executive explains. Before you say: “Termination of registration is not an administrative penalty [such as deregistration, editor’s note], as the job seeker can re-register the next day. »

For the time being, however, the exact modalities of implementation of this experiment remain relatively unclear. Will the unemployed person simply have to indicate that he or she has sent unsolicited applications or responded to job offers? Will he have to provide many details (dates, names of companies…), or even download all the related supporting documents?

The government does not answer these questions directly. It simply mentions that at the time of updating, “the logbook will be pre-filled with actions already known to Pôle emploi (following an online application, for example); it can then simply be validated if the information is complete, or completed (for example to indicate that an unsolicited application has been sent)“.

The bill introduced by the Minister of Labour refers to a decree in the Council of State to define “the modalities of theexperiment” (and its evaluation). The list of the regions concerned will also be determined at a later date, by decree. The only certainty is that the government wants these experiments to begin on 1 June 2019 and end 18 months later.

Experimentation will make it possible to adjust the system as necessary so that it can be usefully generalised, if necessary”, continues the Executive. But not until 2021.

Identify unemployed who are not “sufficiently active”

The Ministry of Labour is obviously relying heavily on this “digital logbook”. Far from insisting on the “flashy” aspect of the system, the executive prefers to explain that it will allow Pôle emploi “to increase the personalization of the support provided to jobseekers “.

In addition to the efficiency gains made possible by the implementation of computer alerts, each advisor will be able to direct the actions taken by a job seeker, if necessary, to support him or her in a more reactive manner by adapting the advice given at key stages of the job seeker’s career and thus more systematically prevent the risk of dropping out“, details the impact study appended to the bill.

At the same time, the latter anticipates an increased need for support in agency “for the least autonomous jobseekers (particularly in terms of the use of digital tools)“, following the example of what exists for registration with Pôle emploi. “In addition, [the experiment] will require major upstream developments in the information system, in particular on the processing of the data that will appear in the logbook. »

As for job seekers, the government maintains that the logbook will help “develop their autonomy and make them responsible in theirsearch process”. It should also ensure “a better consideration of their individual expectations and needs thanks to their continuous monitoring“, while ” providing them with visibility on the steps to be taken and those already achieved” . Don’t throw any more!

In order to be launched, these experiments will have to be approved by Parliament. The bill “for the freedom to choose one’s professional future” will first of all be examined by the National Assembly (not before June a priori). As the text has been initiated under the accelerated procedure, it should be subject to only one reading per Chamber.

Published on May 02, 2018 at 12:07 pm