Con­stituency is ‘higher than av­er­age for those’ with no qual­i­fi­ca­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Ni­cola Ten­nant

The latest snap­shot of Scot­land’s labour mar­ket has re­vealed that a shock­ing 13.6 per cent of the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West pop­u­la­tion lack any qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

An alarm­ing 9000 res­i­dents in the con­stituency, aged be­tween 16 and 64, have no qual­i­fi­ca­tions – that’s 4.2 per cent higher than the Scot­land av­er­age, and 4.8 per cent higher than the av­er­age UK-wide.

Of those in the area who have gained a qual­i­fi­ca­tion, Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West fell short in ev­ery qual­i­fi­ca­tion cat­e­gory, from NVQ to de­gree level.

The latest gov­ern­ment sta­tis­tics com­piled by Durham Univer­sity re­veal that in Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West be­tween April 2014 and March 2015, 51,100 peo­ple were in em­ploy­ment – that’s 78.3 per cent, slightly higher than the Scot­land av­er­age.

Con­versely, the con­stituency had a 0.5 per cent higher un­em­ploy­ment rate than the rest of Scot­land, with a job­less to­tal of 3400.

Av­er­age full-time gross weekly pay for full-time work­ers in the area is £480.80, com­pared to £518.20 a week Scot­land­wide.

The re­port re­veals that in the area, 2028 peo­ple are claim­ing Job Seeker’s Al­lowance – that’s 2.9 per cent, seven per cent higher than Scot­land as a whole.

Five hun­dred and forty of the con­stituency’s 18 to 24-year-olds are claim­ing Job Seeker’s Al­lowance – that’s 5.3 per cent higher than the Scot­land av­er­age.

Again, the area tips the scales in the num­ber claim­ing main, out-of-work ben­e­fits. Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West has 10,300 claimants – 3.3 per cent more than the Scot­land av­er­age.

Full-time jobs and va­can­cies in the area stand at 21,000 – 4.6 higher than those po­si­tions avail­able in Scot­land as a whole.

The latest labour mar­ket pro­file also re­veals that the area is home to 1880 en­ter­prises.

Mar­garet Ferrier, MP for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West, com­mented:

“Over­all, un­em­ploy­ment is down sig­nif­i­cantly com­pared to this time last year, with 500 fewer peo­ple claim­ing Job Seeker’s Al­lowance. Whilst this is to be wel­comed, there is no room for com­pla­cency.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has sup­ported lo­cal job cre­ation through the Small Busi­ness Bonus scheme and var­i­ous other ini­tia­tives. Westminster’s cuts agenda risks the progress that has been made and I want to see more power de­volved to Holy­rood so that we can con­tinue to make a dif­fer­ence across Scot­land.”

Jim Wright, team leader at Skills De­vel­op­ment Scot­land, said: “Skills De­vel­op­ment Scot­land is com­mit­ted to help­ing peo­ple across South La­nark­shire get the ad­vice and sup­port they need to do well in learn­ing and work.

“Our school ad­vis­ers in Cathkin, Stonelaw, Trin­ity and Ruther­glen high schools pro­vide guid­ance to pupils and work with them to ex­plore their op­tions for the fu­ture.

“We also have staff based in the com­mu­nity to help those young peo­ple who are fur­thest from the labour mar­ket and en­sure adults seek­ing ad­vice re­ceive the tai­lored sup­port they need.

“I would en­cour­age any­one look­ing for ad­vice to visit us in Cam­bus­lang where they can ben­e­fit from the ex­per­tise of our staff and ac­cess help such as in­for­ma­tion on Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice­ships, train­ing and em­ploy­a­bil­ity sup­port.”

Skills De­vel­op­ment Scot­land’s Cen­tre at the C-Tec Cen­tre, Main Street, Cam­bus­lang, is open on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days, from 9.30am-4.30pm.

my­world­of­ is SDS’s web ser­vice for in­di­vid­u­als, of­fer­ing in­for­ma­tion and re­sources to peo­ple in Scot­land look­ing for jobs or de­vel­op­ing their ca­reers.

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