2,000 jobs on offer in Hull, but no takers, Jobcentre says
JOBSEEKERS and employers are being urged to be less choosy as new figures show more than 2,000 vacancies are going unfilled in Hull.
The city has some of the highest rates of unemployment in the country, with 8.3 per cent of the population claiming jobseekers' allowance, more than double the national average of 3.8 per cent.
More than 1,000 high-profile job losses have been announced in Hull the past month, further adding to the strain on the city's economy.
However, new figures show there were more than 2,000 unfilled vacancies at Jobcentre Plus in September – 70 per cent of which were full-time positions.
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Estimates suggest only about 30 per cent of current vacancies are advertised at Jobcentre Plus, meaning the true figure could be much higher.
Stuart Griffiths, district manager for the Department of Work and Pensions, said: "It is a myth that there are no jobs out there.
"People sometimes come into our offices and say there are no jobs out there but it is simply not true.
"These might not be the jobs of people's dreams – we accept not everyone wants to be a carer or a butcher, for example.
"We all want to create and attract new jobs into the city, and we all want the jobs from companies such as Siemens. But what we are saying is, if people want to train to work in renewables for example, why not take a job now and earn money so you can train towards the career you want?"
Youth unemployment in Hull is a particular issue of concern, with 5,000 18 to 24-year-olds currently claiming Jobseekers' allowance.
Another 700 16 to 18-year- olds are not in education, employment or training.
While feedback from some employers claims young people are entering the workplace or turning up for interviews without the right work ethic or a lack of motivation, many young people are also caught in a "Catch- 22" situation whereby they cannot gain job experience.
Now, to bring the 100-plus training providers in Hull together and make it easier for employers to give young people a chance, a new initiative called Future Hull is about to launch.
Alan Johnson, MP for Hull West and Hessle, said everyone needed to play a part in creating future prosperity and opportunities.
He said: "While nobody would argue these are difficult times, there is a churn of jobs in the city.
"Adults with experience in a certain area could maybe look at doing something else and, if they want to retrain in areas such as renewables, then great.
"However, 18 to 24-year- olds are getting left out. They cannot get experience as they haven't got a job, yet they can't get a job through lack of experience.
"Instead of economic despair, we want more jobs in Hull and are working to bring more jobs to the city.
"But the message for employers is there are young people out there who can do the job, so instead of getting agency staff in, give local young people a chance."