Jobs market on the move
City centre vacancies open up
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) feel a rise in opportunities outside East Kilbride has led to a drop in unemployment in the town.
The latest DWP figures for East Kilbride show a two per cent decrease in Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants across East Kilbride – going down from 555 to 543 from February to March.
This also marks an annual drop of 19 per cent from 676 in March 2016.
A spokeswoman for the East Kilbride job centre branch noted that, with larger companies not recruiting in town, people were having more success applying for positions in Glasgow.
“There has been a general improvement in the economy with small to medium-sized employers recruiting,” she told the News.
“Other than the new leisure hub in East Kilbride, we have not had any other major recruitment recently – but more people are now willing to travel further afield for jobs.
“More and more of our customers are being referred to and getting jobs in Glasgow’s city centre – mainly in the call centre and hospitality sectors.
“With the introduction of Universal Credit, there has been a huge focus on jobs as opposed to programmes. This has also affected JSA claimants.”
And there is a feeling that new employers will arrive soon in East Kilbride to help improve the figures still further.
“We are aware of Travelodge and we have ‘The Range’ opening at Nerston in June,” the DWP spokeswoman continued.
“The Range are going to be looking for about 70 staff for their new store. We are still waiting to hear more details for Travelodge.
“The closure of BHS had minimum impact as all the employees secured employment within about six to eight weeks.
“The KwikFit call centre closure – again, minimal impact as most of the staff had already secured employment in the call centre sector.”
More people are willing to travel further...