TalkTalk hopes to tackle digital exclusion by giving UK job seekers access to free broadband. If you’re unemployed, you will be given a no-contract voucher to unlock access to TalkTalk’s Fiber 35 broadband plan, which typically costs £ 23 per month. You can expect download speeds of around 38 Mbps with this package, which should be more than enough for you to attend video calling software interviews, upload resumes, fill out online application forms, and much more.
There are no download limits to worry about so you won’t be penalized when other household members stream box sets on Netflix or download mammoth video game updates all day. TalkTalk supplies its customers with their own broadband router that enables Wi-Fi connectivity at home – so you don’t have to worry about buying an additional kit.
As you might expect, TalkTalk’s free six-month broadband voucher blocks your ability to add optional extras such as paid TV services or voice calls to the contract. So you only get access to Wi-Fi and wired internet. That’s it.
At the end of the six months you have the choice of switching to a rolling Fiber 35 contract with TalkTalk or canceling it at no additional cost. If you cancel, you must return all WiFi devices provided using a prepaid return service.
The pandemic has exacerbated an ongoing trend. While the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) job centers remained open throughout the coronavirus lockdown, some help was relocated online. In addition, candidates for a number of roles must submit their candidacy online or provide additional material in digital form.
That makes an internet connection invaluable.
TalkTalk and DWP tested this new voucher at the start of the second national lockdown last year in Greater Manchester and Cheshire to help those looking for new jobs from home. This turned out to be so successful that TalkTalk is now making the offer available to all Jobcenter Plus work coaches nationwide, who can hand out the six-month vouchers to jobseekers.
Labor Secretary Mims Davies said: “We want to support jobseekers in every possible way on their way to job security Jobs and our JobHelp website.”