LMI Bulletin (Issue 479)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin (Issue 479)

Job News

A new International Trade headquarters is set to be created in Darlington, (part of Department for International Trade). This is in addition to the Treasury which is establishing a headquarters in Darlington also. The government has predicted that by 2030, 500 Department for International Trade staff will be working at the site (Bdaily).

The BBC has reported that there may be shortage of bouncers as bars and nightclubs start to re-open. It reports that many security staff have found employment elsewhere due to closures. Also following Brexit, many of those non-UK nationals who were doing this job have returned home. (BBC)

North East leisure chain, Apartment Group have announced that they need to recruit 400 staff as bars and restaurants are set to re-open. The chain operates venues such as The Palm in Sunderland and As You Like It in Newcastle. The company are keen to recruit previous staff who they had to let go of due to the pandemic. (Bdaily)


Labour Market Update
The monthly update of the official labour market figures was released this morning by ONS. The changes in employment and unemployment were again not dramatic as commentators continue to point out the impact the job retention scheme has had on providing stability in the labour market, albeit nationally the estimate of people in employment and the employment rate (that is the percentage of 16-64 year olds in the UK in work), both fell and unemployment increased - the table below puts some meat on the bones or tofu on the skewer, comparing the latest quarter to the same period 12 months ago

  Employment level and rate
Nov 2020-Jan 2021
Employment level and rate
Nov 2019-Jan 2020

Unemployment level and rate
Nov 2020-Jan 2021

Unemployment level and rate
Nov 2019-Jan 2020

UK 32,374,000 (75.0%) 32,985,000 (76.5%) 1,703,000
North East 1,206,000 (71.3%) 1,209,000 (71.7%) 79,000

As has been mentioned before, the North East has not experienced the same rate of change in employment and unemployment that has been experienced nationally.

A couple of other headline announcements from the ONS report

  • The latest three months to February 2021 recorded small increases in the number of payroll employees although since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 693,000 with the largest falls seen at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Analysis by age band shows that under 25s contributed over 60% of the fall seen since February 2020.
  • Special analysis of new data using payroll employees and Migrant Worker Scan data shows a small fall in the number of non-UK nationals in employment last year.

Anticipating what's next is a tricky business but there are some positive signs in the CIPD/Adecco report just published of greater intentions by businesses to recruit and less likelihood of redundancies.  In terms of challenges, the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) says that while a major unemployment catastrophe might have been avoided, there will be three big challenges to overcome:

  • widening inequalities - the impact on young people and also mothers who they say have seen far larger impacts on their employment and hours than fathers or those without children
  • they predict a least a doubling in long-term unemployment in the next year
  • the impact on under-employment, working hours and pay - more temp work and fixed-term contracts.

An evaluation of the North East of England pilot of the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) has published an evaluation of the North East of England pilot of the Gatsby Benchmarks. The evaluation shows that in the 16 pilot schools,  there were many benefits through implementing the benchmarks. Teaching staff gained a greater understanding of careers and pupils had increased career readiness and were more engaged with their studies as they could see the links to the wider world of work. 

Careers professionals general maritime awareness CPD session
CPD sessions being run by Maritime UK to raise awareness of opportunities available within the sector. This session is aimed at careers advisers and leaders, teachers, tutors and school liaison officers. Session runs for 90 minutes on 5th May at 10.30am. Register via the link above.

Student finance eligibility: 2021 to 2022 academic year
Information on the eligibility requirements for undergraduate, postgraduate and further education financial support from Student Finance England for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.


Bulletin date: 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 13:00