LMI Bulletin 16/03/2018 (Issue 359)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin 16/03/2018 (Issue 359)

Job Gains & Losses

Openreach, the cabling infrastructure part of BT,  will be taking on around 40 trainee engineers across the North East as part of a recruitment drive as they install more ultrafast Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband across the UK (Bdaily).

The Clothing supplier, Workwear Express, which is based in Durham are looking to more than double its turnover by 2023. The company are expanding their premises as Belmont Industrial Estate and are set to create an additional 30 jobs this year. (Bdaily)

Wallsend firm, Barrier-Ex has diversified from production of industrial LED lighting to reinforced plastics which will be used in housebuilding. This has created additional jobs. (The Chronicle)


Understanding Universal Credit
In response to general disquiet,  DWP has launched a new site to help claimants and families understand Universal Credit. A number of new measures are taking affect in April,. Details can be found here 

Jobcentre changes
The latest closures and mergers of DWP Jobcentres can be found following the link. In the North East, Condercum House on the West Road will merge with Newcastle Cathedral Square jobcentre by the end of May.

Six reasons behind the high street crisis
Interesting article from the BBC which looks to explain what has been affecting retail, specifically with the closures of stores such as Toys R Us and Maplin. The report explores reasons such as the continued shift to internet shopping and rising overheads, particularly with regards to payroll.

Newcastle College Degree Open Evening
Newcastle College are holding an open evening on Thursday the 22nd March from 4.30pm - 7pm at the Rye Hill Campus. To attend the open evening, a booking form can be accessed via the link above.

Underpaid Workers
The Government has published the names of 179 employers who have been underpaying the National Minimum Wage. These range from Wagamama and Thursdays (UK) Ltd (who trade as TGI Friday's) with underpayments over £50,000 and over 2,000 people affected in each business, to a Pizza company in Tower Hamlets underpaying £101 to one worker. The sectors with the largest number of businesses affected are:

  • Hospitality: 43 employers named for underpaying 5,726 workers a total of £460,459
  • Hairdressing: 19 employers named for underpaying 152 workers a total of £43,938
  • Retail: 18 employers named for underpaying 85 workers a total of £27,332

National Minimum Wages
The next rise in the minimum wages - the NMW and NLW (I wish they would merge the terms) happen on the 1st April, when the wages for workers aged 25+, goes up from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour. Click the link for a list of the increases for all age groups and apprentices. 

The definition of low pay used by the Office for National Statistics is taken from the OECD. It is the value that is two-thirds of median hourly earnings. Using the ASHE data for 2017, the median hourly earnings for full-time employees in the UK was £14.00, therefore, low pay employees are considered to be anyone earning below two-thirds of £14.00, which is £9.33 per hour. 


Bulletin date: 
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 12:00