The Yorkshire and the Humber LMI Bulletin (Issue 24)

National News

Skills Shortages in the UK 2019/20

Produced by HECSU Prospects and AGCAS, the latest report is now available to download. The report identifies the key industries and occupations facing skills shortages and looks at why so many vacancies are proving so hard to fill. 

Yorkshire appears to be reporting fewer and less intense shortages than other regions of England although they have particular issues with electrical engineers, IT operations technicians and child and early years officers.  See full list below.

  • Nurses
  • Electrical engineers
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Engineering professionals n.e.c.
  • Business sales executives
  • Business and financial project management professionals
  • Social workers
  • Welfare and housing associate professionals n.e.c.
  • IT operations technicians
  • Finance and investment analysts and advisers
  • Child and early years officers (,12/2019)

Hair salon chain deal secures more than 1,000 jobs

More than 1,000 jobs have been saved after a deal was agreed for the Regis and Supercuts chain, according to reports.  The Bushnell Investment Group has agreed to buy 140 of the 200 outlets which were put under threat when owner Regis UK went into administration in October.  A total of 60 sites have closed as a result of the deal, with the loss of 200 jobs.  (,17/12/2019)

Staying safe when job searching, a job site aimed at over 50s jobseekers, has put together some guidance on staying safe when job searching which can be found here.  (, 23/12/2019)

HMV and Debenhams become latest major retailers to close high street stores

HMV and Debenhams have announced they are closing stores on UK high streets.  Music retailer HMV has confirmed three of its stores will shut at the end of the month.  The company has warned of job losses and the closure of up to 10 stores by the end of this month unless it is able to secure new deals with its landlords.  These stores include Leeds Headrow, Grimsby and Sheffield Meadowhall in our region.  The company said the its store at the St John's shopping centre in Leeds will not be affected.

It comes as the department store chain Debenhams, which entered administration in April 2019 to reduce its debt, said it was due to close 19 of its stores between 11 and 25 January.  A further 28 are reportedly set to close in 2021.  (, 04/01/2020)

Disability confident employers

The document listing the employers that have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme, and their status (committed, employer or leader) has recently been updated and can be accessed by clicking the heading. (, 06/01/2020)

Apprenticeship standards

If you want to know the full set of standards and what is involved in, for example, a business administrator or infrastructure technician role and what knowledge, skills, attributes and behaviours they require, look at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education apprenticeship standards. (, site accessed 10/01/2019)

Jobs and employment news

Yorkshire and the Humber

North East builders merchant creates new Yorkshire jobs

James Burrell Builders Merchants, which is based in Gateshead is set to create jobs in West and South Yorkshire with a £1m investment into its regional team.  The firm is investing £1m into its newly opened Rotherham branch, as well its key accounts team in Ossett near Wakefield.  James Burrell Builders Merchants supplies construction materials and tools, with customers including Persimmon Homes, Miller Homes, Bellway Homes, Sir Robert McAlpine, Robertson Construction and McCarthy & Stone.  The firm expects to create eight new jobs from the investment, as well as accelerating its expansion into areas such as Doncaster, Sheffield and Barnsley. Jobs are advertised here. (, 10/12/2019)

Jobs saved at Yorkshire Poundbakery stores

Jobs have been saved at all 11 Poundbakery stores across Yorkshire as part of a rescue deal after its owner went into administration.  Grant Thornton UK, were appointed joint administrators to Sayers The Bakers Limited (Sayers) in December.  A new company called Sayers and Poundbakery, which will be run by the former management team has been formed.  The new company will take on the bakery and distribution centre in Bolton and the majority of the bakers shops throughout the Northern England, North Wales, Yorkshire and the Midlands including the transfer of approximately 1,400 employees.  The majority of shops will continue to operate, however a small number will now close, it said. A spokesman added that none of the Poundbakery stores in Yorkshire would be affected. (, 17/12/2019)


Boost for electrical and offshore sectors with opening of Hull training centre

A new work-based learning provider is expanding its range of courses after opening a main training facility in the heart of industrial Hull.   Humberside Training Associates’ new base at Facilities House on Main Street, near Wincolmlee, is a training base for its health and safety, electrical, construction skills and offshore wind training courses.  Courses are due to start in January 2020.  In the renewables sector, they will provide the offshore wind Client Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) Safety Passport course. (bdaily, 10/12/2019)

New owner plans refurbishment for former Heeco factory

The former Heeco factory in Hull has been acquired, with its new owner planning to refurbish the unit, potentially supporting the creation of up to 100 jobs. The property is now in the ownership of Hessle-based Essential Estates Ltd.  The new owner has pledged to bring both the offices and manufacturing staff facilities up to date, with an extensive refurbishment set to be completed early in 2020. (, 17/12/2019)

Technology group Tevalis set to create 25 new jobs in Hull

A technology company in Hull is set to create 25 new jobs after securing a £350,000 loan to support its growth from NPIF.  Tevalis supplies electronic point of sale systems to the hospitality, leisure and gaming sectors including venues such as Kew Gardens and the Tower of London. Tevalis has increased turnover from £3.3m to over £6m and created almost 50 new jobs, bringing staff numbers to 115, since the first loan of £190,000 in March last year. (, 26/12/2019)

25 of the best (and worst) moments in Hull’s business world 2019

Hull Live has put together an article highlighting all the standout news stories from the world of business across Hull and East Yorkshire in 2019 showing that it’s never dull in ‘Ull.  To see the full article, click the heading. (, 30/12/2019)

New teachers wanted in Hull now – here’s how to apply

Teach Hull and Humber, a local Teacher Training network, are hosting the event from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday, January 21st at Kelvin Hall School offering local people the opportunity to find out more about getting a job in teaching. The free events will be attended by all local providers of primary and secondary teacher training to help get more teachers in schools. For more information, visit the Teach Hull and Humber website here  (, 14/01/2020)

West Yorkshire

Wetherspoons investment drive includes Leeds

Pub giant Wetherspoon has revealed plans to invest more than £200m on its estate over the next four years in a move the business said would create thousands of jobs.  The money will be spent developing new pubs and hotels as well as enlarging its existing pubs across the UK and Republic of Ireland.It will also be investing in major cities including London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds and Galway. (, 10/12/2019)

80 jobs to be created when Huddersfield mill development completes in the summer

Work to develop a West Yorkshire textile mill, which will create 80 new jobs, is due to complete in July, it has been announced by contractors JM Building Yorkshire Ltd.  The speculative development of The Mending Rooms building, a historic Grade II listed textile mill in the heart of Park Valley Business Park in Lockwood, Huddersfield, will see the 20,600 sq ft building being converted into business accommodation. (, 31/12/2019)

New manufacturing base to create 70 jobs in West Yorkshire

Around 70 jobs will be created when a new manufacturing facility opens in Yorkshire in February.  The owners of Yorkshire-based ambulance manufacturer O&H Vehicle Technology have announced that its parent company – Venari Group – is to launch a new, state-of-the-art, manufacturing facility in West Yorkshire in February. The firm already builds vehicles for the majority of the UK’s NHS Trusts, and has a turnover of £25m.  Recruitment for 55 coach building, mechanical and electrical production roles has now started. Jobs are being advertised here. The location for the new headquarters is set to be revealed later this month. (, 02/01/2020)

Leeds Bradford Airport Jobs Fair

The jobs fair will be hosted at the Britannia Hotel in Bramhope from 11am until 2pm on Saturday, January 18.  Anyone interested in attending should fill out this online form in advance and bring along multiple copies of their CV to hand out on the day.  Successful applicants must undergo a criminal record check (CRB), a five-year employment and background check and they must have been a UK resident for a minimum of three years to obtain government clearance.

There are dozens of jobs on offer, including roles with the airport's food and retails outlets such as WHSmith, InMotion and World Duty Free.  Roles will also be available with the security team and in the car parks, while Jet2 and Swissport will have stands where people can find out more about their ground handling jobs at the Yeadon terminal.  The recruitment fair comes as Leeds Bradford Airport is preparing for a huge expansion, with plans to increase passenger numbers to seven million by 2030. (, 03/01/2020)

Huddersfield Jobs Fair

When and where?
Wed, 26 February 2020, 10:00am to 2pm

Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA.

Click the heading for further information. (, site accessed 15/01/2020)

South Yorkshire

Barnsley town centre set for major overhaul with upcoming £180m leisure and retail site

Adept Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers has been awarded the contract to provide full civil and structural engineering services on the second phase of a regeneration scheme aiming to transform Barnsley’s town centre. The second stage of The Glass Works build is currently under construction, and will be home to retail and leisure facilities including 26 new retail units, a 13 screen Cineworld, seven family restaurants, a Superbowl UK bowling, soft play and laser quest, a new public square and a 500-space multi-storey car park.  Confirmed names for the scheme so far include Next, Sports Direct and USC, Nando’s, Muffin Break, independent restaurant MEET, Coffee Boy and JD Sports. (, 07/12/2019)

£1.7m Barnsley digital hub set to create over 100 jobs takes shape

Work is underway on a £1.7m project to transform a Barnsley office building into a workspace as part of the town’s Digital Media Centre.  Yorkshire construction company Harris CM is currently working on the refurbishment of the four-storey building on County Way in Barnsley town centre, which is expected to create over 100 jobs. (, 08/01/2020)

Liberty Steel to cut jobs at sites including Yorkshire

Liberty Steel is set to cut about 350 jobs across its Newport and South Yorkshire operations in response to "challenging market conditions and a lingering reduction in demand".  The move follows a review of its UK business in response to "challenging market conditions and a lingering reduction in demand for UK steel products".  Its workforce is set to be reduced by up to 355, with sites in Stocksbridge, Rotherham, Brinsworth and Newport affected. About 70 jobs are at risk in South Wales. (, 10/01/2020)

National Horseracing College open days

The National Horseracing College, formerly Northern Racing College, is advertising open days on its website.  Click here for further details. (, site accessed 15/01/2020)

100 new jobs to be created when former Sheffield Hilton Hotel reopens next month 

Legacy Hotels and Resorts has been hired to re-launch and run the former Sheffield Hilton Hotel which shut on 15th December.  It is expected that, once fully open, they expect the hotel to employ in the region of 100 full time equivalent staff.  The new hotel will be called Quays Hotel and anyone interested in jobs should email their interest with Calum Colquhoun, Regional Operations Manager to (, 14/01/2020)

York and North Yorkshire

York Jobs Fair

York Jobs Fair is held twice a year at York Railway Institute, which brings together employers and job seekers from York and the surrounding area.

The next York Jobs Fair

  • Wednesday 25th March 2020 from 10.00am to 2.00pm
  • at York Railway Institute  (, site accessed 15/01/2020)

York College open event

The next open event at York College will be on Tuesday 11th February 2020 – 5:30 – 8pm.  This event will cover apprenticeships and adult learning as well as vocational and higher education. (, site accessed 15/11/2020)

Anglo American eyes bid for potash mine firm Sirius Minerals

Sirius Minerals, the company behind plans for a £4bn potash mine in North Yorkshire, is considering a takeover bid from mining giant Anglo American.  The future of the mine has been in doubt after Sirius failed to raise cash to unlock funding. The mine had been expected to open in 2021 and create 1,000 jobs, although Sirius Minerals slowed construction work at the end of 2019 due to its funding problems. (, 08/01/2020)

Jobs go at financial services company

Financial services company Computershare, which bought HML from Skipton Building Society in 2014 for £47.5 million, has made some redundancies following a restructure of their UK mortgage servicing business.  The number of people losing their jobs at the site, near the Gargrave Road roundabout, is unclear, but the losses were confirmed by the company on Tuesday. (, 08/01/2020)


Bulletin date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 09:30