The government has launched a major recruitment drive in Swindon which will also help tackle fraudsters.

The Department for Work and Pensions is seeking to employ more than 600 new Universal Credit review agents in the town.

These are employees who are tasked with reducing the levels of fraud and error across Universal Credit, in the hope of saving a total of £6.4 billion by March 2028.

Universal Credit review agents review benefits claims to ensure that people are receiving the payments to which they are entitled and tackle any suspected fraudulent claims.

Applications for these hundreds of new jobs opened on Wednesday morning in what is expected to be a big boost for the town’s economy.

Successful applicants will be part of a new team at Polaris House that offers on-the-job learning and development, with opportunities for hybrid working.

Doreen, a current Universal Credit review agent, said: “If you enjoy helping customers and want to work with a great team, working for DWP could be the job for you.”

Swindon Advertiser: Universal Credit review agent DoreenUniversal Credit review agent Doreen (Image: Department for Work and Pensions)

Her colleague Junessa added: “Believe in yourself, and apply for the role. There are great opportunities, attractive salaries and a fantastic pension that await you.”

The new site has excellent transport connections and facilities including an on-site creche and a Costa Coffee.

DWP is also recruiting thousands of work coaches across the country as part of a £3.5 billion drive to boost employment and grow the economy.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride MP, said: “I am delighted to announce this major investment in Swindon.

“These vital roles will be key to delivering on our mission to tackle fraud and error and ensure that the taxpayer gets the best value for money from our welfare system – which is clearly in all our interests.

“I encourage anyone who wants to join our fantastic team and start an exciting Civil Service career to apply.”

The latest Department for Work and Pensions data showed that, in August, 4,475 people in the borough claimed benefits, which is 45 (less than one per cent) more than that time last year.

Of these claimants, 775 were aged 18 to 24, which is 50 (seven per cent) more than 12 months ago, and 1,030 were over 50 years old, an increase of 25 (two per cent).

Those interested in applying for the Swindon roles should search "DWP EO jobs" online or visit or contact Swindon's local Jobcentre Plus.