County sees a drop in job seeker claims
Slower improvement rate than national average
THERE was a drop in people claiming job seekers allowance in Bucks last month, Bucks Business First has revealed.
B u c k i n g h a ms h i r e ’s claimant count fell by 88 in April to stand at 2,793 or 0.9 per cent of working age residents, making it the third lowest rate among the 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships and the sixth lowest among the 27 county council areas. Over the last year, Buckinghamshire’s claimant count has fallen by 29.9 per cent, which is a slower rate of improvement than seen across the country as a whole.
Although Wycombe’s claimant count has fallen by more than a quarter, among Britain’s 380 local authority districts it has seen only the 287th fastest fall over this period.
Despite a fall in claimants in April to the lowest level since June 2008, Wycombe’s claimant count rate was unchanged at 1.2 per cent to rank 136th among local authorities in Great Britain, the district’s weakest ranking since March 2006.
There are now five wards among the 108 in Buckinghamshire where the claimant count is above the national level, all in High Wycombe, up from the four recorded in March, but still lower than for any month since 2004 and well below the 12 wards recorded in June 2011, as Buckinghamshire’s claimant count becomes increasingly concentrated.
The number of claimants looking for
Claimant count by age group April 2015
470 work in managerial, professional and technical occupations slightly increased in April to 310, while the numbers looking for work in elementary occupations and personal service occupations fell to 470 and 110 respectively, the lowest levels since comparable records began in 2005. There were 5,036 job openings in Buckinghamshire in April, up almost 200 since March and up more than 500 over the year.
The most commonly sought occupation was nurses (197), ahead of programmers and software development professionals (195), other administrative occupations (181), business sales executives (147) and management consultants.
The most commonly sought baseline skills were communication skills, customer service and Microsoft Excel, while the most sough specialised skills were sales, business management, SQL and C++.
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