LMI Bulletin 18/05/2018 (Issue 368)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin 18/05/2018 (Issue 368)

Job Gains & Losses

Home Bargains is set to open in July as part of the regeneration of Stanley, with recruitment being carried out at present. A new Aldi store and McDonald's will also be opening (Business Durham).

Blue Square Utilities, a smart meter firm based in Newcastle have secured funding which will enable the company to expand across the UK, including expanding its workforce (Bdaily).

Northumbrian Fine Foods on the Team Valley in Gateshead has been taken over by International Biscuits (what else would you call a biscuit company) with the promise of more jobs (Chronicle Live)


Universal Credit - Support 18 to 21 year olds
DWP is rolling out a programme for 18 to 21 year olds alongside the roll out of Universal Credit. The programme is entitled the Youth Obligation Support Programme and encourages all young people into employment, work-related training or an apprenticeship.

Tech Talent 2018 
...is a careers and jobs fair for the tech sector being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle on 24th May. You can meet regional digital and technology companies, training providers and further and higher education establishments; apparently the exhibitor places are fully booked . Attendees should click the link to register. 

On a related topic, the Tech Nation 2018 report on the state of the UK tech secror has been published. Some of its findings are:

  • of the 1.87million tech jobs in the UK, over half are tech jobs in in non-tech companies
  • the average wages for tech workers (£42k), is higher than the average  for non-tech jobs
  • the density of tech activity in terms of jobs and turnover varies around the travel to work areas (ttwa) of the UK. The high points however are still in the Thames corridor and Newbury ttwa has the highest tech density in the UK. There is a useful map of the high growth tech firms (scroll down the page), for anyone looking for ideas on tech businesses. 

there is also a short test of your knowledge of the composition of the tech workforce (scroll down the page).

Medical roles for non-medical graduates
The strain on the NHS is well documented and reported on with demand on its services and medical roles particularly. The Guardian has published a piece with a reminder of the roles that have emerged over the years that offer support for hospital doctor's through trained up positions for non-medical graduates.  The roles are, physician associates (PAs), advanced critical care practitioners (ACCPs), surgical care practitioners (SCPs) and physicians’ assistants (anaesthesia) – PA(A)s. The Health Careers site is an excellent resource for information on all the jobs in the NHS

Evaluation of Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools Programme
A review undertaken by  external research consultants which evaluates the Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools programme. Overall the programme has been well received and findings show that it has been particularly beneficial where efforts have been focussed around students that are at greatest risk of becoming NEET and who have received support on a one-to-one basis.

Wages above inflation
Not sure if you are feeling better off after the announcement that, based on the average of the last three months, wages grew faster than inflation for the first time in a year.  The 2.9% three-month average rise is the highest since July 2015.  Wages are clearly one of the factors in career choice and the average wages before tax for the major sectors and public/private split are shown below (always guaranteed to make some feel a little bit glum and cheer others up), along with the numbers of employees in the North East in the groupings. .







Bulletin date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:00