LMI Bulletin (Issue 456)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin (Issue 456)

Job News

Amazon has already started recruiting for HR, IT and Operations positions for its Bowburn (just outside Durham and next to the A1) fulfillment centre. No dates as yet on their site for any of the larger scale recruitment for centre which Amazon says will ultimately employ 1,000 people. For more details of life in an Amazon fulfillment centre, look here.

Durham Constabulary is recruiting a Crime Scene Team to work from its Bishop Auckland Police Station

The former SSI steelworks site in Redcar (I wonder how many years we will keep having to locate it in that way) is continuing its transformation into a new workzone with plans submitted for a new manufacturing scheme which will, if approved, create construction work and once completed be home to 9,000 manufacturing jobs.


A Plan for Jobs
The major announcement for the labour market in the last week was the Chancellor's Plan for J.obs. A raft of measures and initiatives to help secure work and provide opportunities. 

  • a Job Retension Scheme Bonus - UK employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021
  • the Kickstart Scheme - Starting in the Autumn, this is funding to provide 6 month placements for those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Each job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top up this wage.   
  • funding to potentially triple the number of traineeships for 16-24 year olds. The government will fund employers at a rate of £1,000 per trainee. The eligibility is being expanded to those with Level 3 qualifications and below
  • a payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August
    2020 to 31st January 2021
  • funding for the 2020-21 academic year to give all 18-19 year olds in England the opportunity to study targeted high value Level 2 and 3 courses when there are not employment opportunities
    available to them
  • an expanded Youth Offer to increase the intensive support offered by DWP in Great Britain to young jobseekers, to include all those aged 18-24 in the Intensive Work Search group in Universal Credit. 

In terms of providing help and guidance, the announcement included:

  • an additional £32 million funding over the next 2 years for the National Careers Service so that 269,000 more people in England can receive personalised advice on training and work
  • doubling the number of work coaches in Britain's job centres by the end of the year
  • £40 million to fund private sector capacity to introduce a job finding support service in Great Britain in the autumn. An online, one-to-one service aimed at helping those who have been unemployed for less than three months. 

Vacancy Count
Using data form the Labour Insight Jobs vacancy analysis tool, there were 14,9714 vacancies advertised in the last 6 weeks in the North East. This was 7.5% down on the number of vacancies in the same six weeks in 2019. However this is an improvement on the May figures where there were 15% fewer vacancies in 2020 compared to May 2019. 

In terms of the demand, then in the last six weeks the occupations showing the highest demand were:

  • Nursing
  • Caregiver
  • Software developer
  • Teaching assistant and
  • Care assistant

Going to work on a scooter
While not exclusively aimed at commuters, this is the first pilot of using e-scooters in the country and it is in Tees Valley. The roll out of the pilot comes just two weeks after the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps changed the legal status of e-scooters to allow them to be used on roads as part of the pilot. Hopefully this is both an step in the direction of reducing cars on the road and improving opportunities for travel to work for people without cars.

Bulletin date: 
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 14:00