County sees a drop in job seeker claims

Slower im­prove­ment rate than na­tional av­er­age

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

Ayles­bury Vale:

South Bucks:

Bucks:

150

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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++.

IN THE SWING: Pres­i­dent of Che­sham Lawn Ten­nis and Squash club, 86 year-old Gra­ham Owen, gives a few point­ers to Eleonora Modde. Above left, six-year-old Lillian Davies

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