The Yorkshire and the Humber LMI Bulletin (Issue 23)
Chinese firm Jingye has signed a deal to rescue British Steel. Whilst there is no guarantee that all jobs will be saved, the company said it would seek to "preserve thousands of jobs in a key foundation industry for the UK". British Steel employs about 4,000 people in Scunthorpe and Teesside. (bbc.co.uk, 11/11/2019)
ONS estimates of young people (aged 16 to 24 years) who are not in education, employment or training, by age and sex. Main points:
- There were 800,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in July to September 2019; this number increased by 43,000 when compared with July to September 2018 and was up 8,000 from April to June 2019.
- The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET in July to September 2019 was 11.6%; the proportion was up 0.7 percentage points from July to September 2018 and up 0.1 percentage points from April to June 2019.
- Of all young people in the UK who were NEET in July to September 2019, 39.6% were looking for, and available for, work and therefore classified as unemployed; the remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive. (ons.gov.uk, 21/11/2019)
It has been announced that TSB is to close 82 branches next year as part of a plan to make £100m of cost cuts by 2022. The Spanish-owned bank has 540 branches and is trying to restore its reputation after last year's huge IT failure, which hit 1.9 million customers. The outlets to be shut will be named on 28 November after staff have been told. TSB would not comment on job numbers, but it is thought that between 300 and 400 positions will be affected. (www.bbc.co.uk, 25/11/2019)
Barclay’s LifeSkills programme is being extended to help millions of adults across the country, with the aim of giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to succeed in the workplace. Free online tools and resources including articles, videos and career case studies are available as Barclays launches a drive to boost workplace skills to meet the needs of the UK economy. (www.fenews.co.uk, 29/11/2019)
ScreenSkills, has published its Quarterly ScreenSkills Barometer in November which can be accessed by clicking on the heading. Some of the main findings are as follows:
- High-end television production is at its highest level since the introduction of the tax relief and cinema-going over the summer set a new box office record
- Almost two thirds (64%) of those surveyed suggested it was difficult to recruit, with respondents highlighting difficulties in filling a wide range of roles.
- One problem with recruitment difficulties, is a small pool of applicants with the required skills (74%).
- In terms of general skills gaps, 70% of respondents identify managerial and leadership skills as the major concern. Other areas include financial skills and the ability to work to a budget and project management, planning and organisational skills.
- Increased demand, new commissions, the relocation of parts of Channel 4 to Leeds and the launch of the Young Audiences Content Fund were identified as positive factors affecting the industry in the next quarter. (www.screenskills.com, site accessed 29/11/2019)
Regional jobs and employment news
Yorkshire and the Humber
The financial services division of a Northern independent estate agency has become part of a national franchise group. Dacre Son & Hartley’s financial services arm has been sold to national firm Belvoir Group, which aims to increase the division’s headcount by 150 per cent by the end of 2020. (Bdaily.co.uk, 08/11/2019)
It has been reported that Reach plc is launching seven digital-only news titles and creating 46 jobs as it expands further into its rivals’ territories. The regional publisher has announced the launch of the new titles to be launched under its ‘Live’ brand, which will cover Sunderland, County Durham, Newport and Bolton and, in our region, Sheffield, North Yorkshire and Bradford. Reach will hire 46 journalists to work across the titles, some of which will be run as standalone sites and some of which will form sub-brands within larger existing sites. (www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk, 21/11/2019)
As many as 50 highly skilled jobs will be lost in the region next month as Yorkshire’s cervical screening labs move to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead where testing will take place instead of local labs in Leeds, Sheffield and York. The 46 cytology labs currently operating in England are set to be reduced to just seven over the next few weeks in a huge shake-up that will affect hundreds of biomedical scientists and technicians across England. The services are being consolidated because technology has improved, meaning fewer staff are required. (www.yorkshirepost.co.uk, 29/11/2019)
From doing a search on Indeed.co.uk, Christmas positions are still being advertised across Yorkshire and the Humber. Here are some examples of larger companies advertising across the region as at 29/11/2019.
- Costa Coffee
- New Look
- Pizza Hut
- The Body Shop
- The Entertainer
Construction has begun on the development on Arco’s new £16m headquarters. According to reports, it is the largest development of its kind in Hull in over half a century. PDR Construction is the principal contractor for the project, due to be completed by the end of 2020 and it is understood that the development will create around 200 jobs during the construction phase. PDR Construction roles are advertised here. (www.business-live.co.uk, 14/11/2019)
Plans for a £200m energy park between Hull and Hedon have been given outline approval. As reported in the last bulletin, developers behind the huge scheme earmarked for a 200 acre site next to the A1033 say it could create nearly 4,500 jobs. (www.hulldailymail.co.uk, 14/11/2019)
Mamas & Papas has gone into administration. The Huddersfield based baby shop, which has its headquarters and factory at Colne Bridge, has closed six of its stores making the 73 staff at those locations redundant. It has announced plans to "simplify" operations at its Huddersfield head office, which could lead to further 54 further jobs being lost. A consultation is underway. (www.examinerlive.co.uk, 08/11/2019)
Dewsbury industrial automation firm Sewtec has is relocating to a new facility in Wakefield in Silkwood Park near junction 40 of M1, more than double the size of its current premises in Dewsbury. Expected to be operational by March 2020, all 130 employees will relocate and the business estimates that more than 70 new jobs will be created at the site in the next three years. Sewtec jobs are currently advertised here. (www.bdaily.co.uk, 11/11/2019)
Bradford has emerged as this year’s top improver of UK cities on the PwC's Good Growth for Cities 2019 index. According to the report, this improvement has been driven by jobs, skills of 25-plus year-olds and work-life balance. Bradford has experienced a large reduction in its unemployment rate, measured at 4.1% in 2018 compared to 10.0% in 2015. It has also seen improvements in skills among the adult population, work-life balance, health and environment. The annual Good Growth for Cities 2019 sets out to show there is more to economic well-being than just measuring GDP. The index measures the performance of 42 of the UK’s largest cities, England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and ten Combined Authorities, against 10 factors it is believed the public think are most important when it comes to economic well-being. (www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk, 12/11/2019)
Forty five jobs have been created at a new plastic recycling plant, OSO Polymers in Stourton, with the promise of 300 jobs by the end of 2021. The plant has benefited from £3m worth of Chinese investment. OSO Polymers currently run two production lines at their factory processing 10,000 tonnes of packaging waste per year. They plan to install a further six lines over the next two years. (southleedslife.com, 18/11/2019)
Wakefield based homebuilder Avant Homes is planning to build 226 new homes and create up to 250 sales and construction jobs land at the former St Luke’s Hospital site in Huddersfield. Henry Boot Developments will develop a remaining two-acres at the 22-acre site. The first homes are due for completion in mid-2020, with the overall build expected to take over five years. Avant Homes jobs are advertised here. (bdaily.co.uk, 19/11/2019)
Plans to create a massive logistics hub at Doncaster Sheffield Airport have been given the go ahead by Doncaster Council. Approval (subjection to a s106 agreement and finalising highways conditions) has been given for the construction of a 3.5m sq ft advanced manufacturing and logistics development, which is one of the largest strategic development zones in the Yorkshire region. It is reported that the hub will create around 4,300 jobs. (www.yorkshirepost.co.uk, 14/11/2019)
A Sheffield-based plant hire firm has more than quadrupled the size of its business premises after purchasing a new six-acre site. The business is relocating to accommodate increased storage of construction machinery. The business currently employs 25 staff and will look to create new jobs in the near future. (bdaily.co.uk, 13/11/2019)
32 Eyre Street, formerly known as Deacon House, a prominent building in the centre of Sheffield, is undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment by Wizu Workspace to be transformed into an SME workspace. It will become a new workspace for startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and SMEs. An official launch is scheduled for February 2020. (bdaily.co.uk, 13/11/2019)
Rothbiz has reported that Aldi has finally announced when its latest store in Rotherham (on Sheffield Road between Swallownest and Fence) will open, more than six years after plans were originally submitted. The Swallownest store is said to be due to open in March 2020 and the proposed store will create up to 35 full and part time jobs. It is also anticipated that up to 200 job opportunities will be created at the construction phase. Aldi jobs are advertised here. (www.rothbiz.co.uk, 22/11/2019)
York and North Yorkshire
Work has started on the redevelopment of the £25m Hampton by Hilton York Piccadilly hotel in York’s city centre by Avantis Hotels. It is reported that more than 50 full and part time jobs will be created when completed, which is due to be in the first quarter of 2021. (bdaily.co.uk, 07/11/2019)
Elderly care company Hadrian Healthcare is planning to build elderly care accommodation overlooking the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Skipton with a new build development at Sackville Street and could create up to 100 jobs for the local area. There are no current vacancies but Hadrian Healthcare jobs are currently advertised here. (www.bdaily.co.uk, 12/11/2019)
Infiniti Roofing and Construction has started refurbishment work on the Bike and Boot Hotel (formerly ‘The Mount Hotel’) which overlooks Scarborough’s waterfront. The hotel will be totally overhauled into a 65 bedroom ‘home from home’ which will include the creation of a new in-house hotel cinema, e-bike charging stations, dog and boot wash, and refurbished bar, restaurant and kitchen areas. It is not currently known how many jobs will be created when the hotel is opened. Infiniti Group jobs are advertised here. (bdaily.co.uk, 18/11/2019)
A new degree aiming to take advantage of North Yorkshire’s vibrant sport and leisure industry is being created by CU Scarborough. CU Scarborough – part of the Coventry University Group - will be launching its three-year Sports and Leisure Management BA (Hons) course in September 2020. It has been designed to give students an edge over graduates with traditional business management qualifications and will also help fill the growing demand for managers in the sector. (www.yorkshirecoastradio.com, 14/11/2019)