Jobs mar­ket on the move

City cen­tre vacancies open up

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

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...

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