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