More peo­ple in bor­ough now in full-time work

Re­port shows de­crease in un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

UN­EM­PLOY­MENT in Uxbridge has gone down and fol­lows a Lon­don-wide trend of a rapid in­crease in em­ploy­ment over the past year.

Labour Mar­ket Sta­tis­tics (LMS) re­leased by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics show that em­ploy­ment has in­creased by 14,000 and un­em­ploy­ment has de­creased by 27,000 across Lon­don.

In­der­pal Mudhar, part­ner­ship man­ager for Uxbridge and Hayes Job­cen­tre Plus, says full-time em­ploy­ment in the Hilling­don bor­ough has been steadily in­creas­ing.

He said: “We’re get­ting high ad­ver­tise­ments for jobs, es­pe­cially in our bor­ough.

“We have new stores open­ing as well.

“Re­tail is great for us as we have the Chimes, Pavil­ions and other stores. We’ve also seen an in­crease in con­struc­tion thanks to Heathrow and 11 projects the bor­ough are run­ning on hous­ing.”

Job­Cen­tre Plus has 13, 26 and 29-week pe­ri­ods used to get job seek­ers back in to work.

Mr Mudhar added: “We have a high per­cent­age of peo­ple get­ting jobs at the 13week pe­riod.

“Work ex­pe­ri­ence will lead to em­ploy­ment. If they don’t have that, they have noth­ing to write on their CV and they don’t know what the em­ployer wants.

“We’ve seen a trend where those who go into work ex­pe­ri­ence get into work very quickly.”

Ian Dun­can Smith, Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary, says the fig­ures are ev­i­dence of con­tin­ued con­fi­dence in Bri­tish busi­nesses and po­ten­tial for fur­ther growth in the UK econ­omy.

He said: “Thanks to our long term eco­nomic plan, Lon­don has seen the fastest in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple in work of any UK re­gion since 2010.

“Our gov­ern­ment is help­ing mil­lions across the coun­try to suc­ceed and achieve their full po­ten­tial.

“I was par­tic­u­larly pleased to see that wages are con­tin­u­ing to rise, mean­ing that hard­work­ing peo­ple will see a real dif­fer­ence in their pay pack­ets.”

The fig­ures were an­nounced on A-level re­sults day – Thurs­day, Au­gust 13 – and co­in­cides with the launch of a work ex­pe­ri­ence (WE) drive.

The new ‘WE can’ cam­paign aims to sup­port young peo­ple to take up work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties and en­cour­age busi­nesses to cre­ate them, with 84 Youth Am­bas­sadors lead­ing ac­tiv­i­ties across the coun­try.

Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Priti Pa­tel said: “Young peo­ple tell me they can’t get a job with­out work ex­pe­ri­ence, but they can’t get work ex­pe­ri­ence with­out a job. That is why we are launch­ing the WE can cam­paign to give young peo­ple prac­ti­cal ad­vice about mak­ing the most of their sum­mer hol­i­days – and be­yond – to gain valu­able busi­ness skills.

“With 14 mil­lion jobs likely to open up in the UK in the next decade, this gov­ern­ment wants young peo­ple to be at the fore­front of the op­por­tu­ni­ties to get the best start in life.”

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