Train building brings 730 jobs to north-east

Thu, 18/07/2013 - 12:05 -- nick

Train maker Hitachi is to build a new factory in Newton Aycliff, County Durham, its first such facility in Europe.

Building should begin at the end of the year following an archaeological exploration of the site, and construction alone will create around 200 jobs.

When fully operational the factory will employ 730 people with a range of skills, particularly engineers and technical staff.

The north-east has suffered more than most areas from unemployment, with yesterday's figures showing a rise in worklessness of 4,000 to 10.4%, the highest rate of any UK region.

UK unemployment falls by 57,000 - with UnemployedNet comment

Wed, 17/07/2013 - 14:14 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

The rate is now 7.8%, but growth in jobs - only 16,000 more people were in work while the population is rising, and 9,000 of those were on government programmes - slowed significantly, and the employment rate fell by 0.1% to 71.4%.

85 applicants for each graduate job as number of openings falls

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 09:08 -- nick

The number of graduate job vacancies is falling as this summer's crop qualify and come on to the job market.

That is the warning of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) who are forecasting a drop of 4% in the number of work opportunities, a slowdown that is seeing 85 apply for each job.

Sectors seeing big drops include financial services as banks deal with the fallout of the world economic downturn, while others, including engineering and telecommunications, are showing strong signs of life with increasing numbers of jobs available.

UK growth guess raised to 0.9% this year - jobs to follow?

Tue, 09/07/2013 - 17:06 -- nick

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has increased its estimate for growth in Britain this year from 0.7% to 0.9%.

The figures will provide encouragement for both of the main political parties: the Conservatives may point to them as evidence that their austerity drive is working, while Labour will see the higher estimate of US growth to 1.7% bearing out its own policy of slower and shallower cuts.

Jobcentres should not have a monopoly - IDS thinktank

Tue, 09/07/2013 - 13:21 -- nick

Jobcentres are failing and private companies and charities should be paid to provide competition to them, a thinktank has said.

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), which was set up by current Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith, has pointed to a current system which sees 40% of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants who get a job signing on again within six months.

Young people don't want to be pop stars - or unemployed

Mon, 08/07/2013 - 17:07 -- nick

A survey of young people's aspirations for work and their futures has found that most don't want to be famous, they just want to work.

The research, by Britain Thinks, asked those aged 14 to 18 what they wanted from their lives, and the biggest answer was 'having a job they love'.

70% of young people are committed to this, twice as many as the next biggest response 'having a university degree' and more than want their own homes and families.

Weekly jobs board - 35,000 jobs available now

Thu, 04/07/2013 - 17:46 -- nick

UnemployedNet supports The Mirror’s Get Britain Working campaign.

This week’s board has over 35,500 jobs available now, based across the UK at a range of levels including entry, trainee, supervisory, managerial and technical, and in a wide range of industries.

These include retail, sales, customer service, catering, logistics, IT and others, so why not click below to find out more?

Work Programme got me a job - then jobcentre tried to take it away

Thu, 04/07/2013 - 13:26 -- nick

The Work Programme and jobcentre are there to help people into work.

So how would you feel if a jobcentre sanction prevented you from taking up a job the Work Programme had already helped you get?

This was nearly the experience of Philip Emans, a jobseeker from London.

His Work Programme provider helped him get a job as a cleaner at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital after being out of work for more than two years, which included a period of homelessness.

Employers may take on more graduates this year, but you need work experience

Wed, 03/07/2013 - 13:12 -- nick

Employers intend to provide more jobs to graduates this year than in 2013.

A report from High Fliers Research into the hiring patterns of large employers says that they are looking to take on 2.7% more graduates this year than last.

These estimates may need a health warning though; in 2012 the same employers believed they were likely to employ 6.4% more university leavers than in the year before, following big jumps in 2010 and 2011.

What kind of jobs should we be preparing young people for?

Tue, 02/07/2013 - 13:23 -- nick

The number of unemployed young people is still near one million in the UK, and with some industries, like retail, looking like they will come out of the economic downturn employing far fewer people than they went in with, Richard Watson asks a vital question in today's Guardian:

What are the jobs of the future we should be preparing young people for today?

If you were looking for a new career in 2030, one of these new roles might be perfect for you:



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