The Yorkshire and the Humber LMI Bulletin (Issue 25)

National News

HMV Stores saved from closure

Five HMV stores have been saved due to a new agreement with its landlords.  These include:

  • Grimsby
  • Meadowhall, Sheffield
  • Reading 
  • Braehead, Glasgow
  • Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

It has almost been one year since HMV fell into administration putting 2,200 jobs at risk. But the chain was bought out in February 2019 by Canadian retailer Sunrise Records, saving 100 stores and almost 1,500 jobs.  HMV in Leeds Headrow was replaced by a new store in Leeds St Johns Shopping Centre.  (, 15/01/2020)

Labour market LIVE

Unemployment is 1,306,000, risen by 26,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down by 7,000) and the unemployment rate was stable at 3.8%, on last month and fell by 0.1 percentage points on last quarter.

  • The ONS figure for claimant unemployed is 1,241,200, up by 14,900 on last month, and the claimant rate is 3.5%.
  • The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 981,000, has fallen by 26,000 on the quarter, and is now 14.2% of the youth population (down by 0.4 percentage points).
  • Youth unemployment (including students) is 482,000, and is down by 12,000 on the quarter.
  • There are 1.6 unemployed people per vacancy.
  • The employment rate is 76.3% (up by 0.1 percentage points on last month’s published figure and increased by 0.4 percentage points in the preferred quarterly measure).  (, 21/01/2020

Bradford-based supermarket giant to axe 3,000 management roles but more shop floor jobs are to be created

Bradford-based Morrisons is to axe around 3,000 managerial roles across its stores as part of a restructure which will see it create more shop floor jobs.  The supermarket said it will have 4,000 more employees as part of the plans which will see the creation of 7,000 new hourly-paid roles.  Many of the new jobs will be on Morrisons' Market Street counters - where butchers, bakers, fishmongers and other fresh food specialists serve customers.  It said that managers who are retained will "concentrate on helping frontline colleagues to do their job and run their stores". (, 23/01/2020)

National Apprenticeship Week events

The National Apprenticeship Service has an events map online which can be accessed by clicking the header.  Here, you can find out about local events for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 (3rd-8th February). (, site accessed 31/01/2020)

BBC News to close 450 posts as part of £80m savings drive

Around 450 jobs will be cut from BBC News under plans to complete its £80m savings target by 2022 in a move towards digital and away from traditional broadcasting.  Outlets to be hit by job closures include BBC Two's Newsnight, BBC Radio 5 Live and the World Update programme on the World Service.  BBC News currently employs around 6,000 people, including 1,700 outside the UK. (, 29/01/2020)     


Regional jobs, employment and training news

Yorkshire and the Humber

HTA launches Taxi and Private Hire driver training courses into South and West Yorkshire

Humberside Training Associates (HTA) has launched its Taxi and Private Hire Driver BTEC and functional skills courses into South and West Yorkshire as councils across the country ramp-up requirements on new and existing driver qualifications.  Work-based learning provider HTA started delivering Pearson-accredited BTEC Level 2 Taxi training and Level 3 Numeracy and Level 1 Literacy courses to taxi and private hire drivers in Hull and East Yorkshire in the middle of last year.  Existing and potential new taxi and private hire drivers across South and West Yorkshire will now be able to enrol on those courses according to the Director of Education and Learning at Hull-based HTA. (, 17/01/2020)

Leeds and Sheffield predicted to create thousands of jobs in 2020 but Yorkshire lags behind rest of UK

According to the latest UK Powerhouse City Growth Tracker study from law firm Irwin Mitchell which has been produced by the Centre for Economics & Business Research (Cebr), Leeds and Sheffield are set to have the fastest employment growth compared to all other cities in Yorkshire by the end of the year, with a 1.2 per cent increase in employment expected across the two.  This would see a total level of employment of 472,200 in Leeds and 307,500 in Sheffield. 

Other main points are as follows:

  • No Yorkshire city made the top 10
  • Decent job growth projections for Rotherham and Hull
  • Wakefield is one of four locations in the UK where headcount is expected to fall
  • Leeds continues to perform better than other locations in the region through its connections to other cities and its tech sector, which is of significant importance to the region with almost 1,500 digital companies and a combined workforce of around 10,000
  • Doncaster was the highest placed Northern location in the report predicted to see the fastest growth in the size of their local economies (GVA). Here, there were no cities from the North of England in the top 10. The report says that the Doncaster Rail Port – a strategic rail freight hub, as well having a number of other warehousing and logistic centres for UK retailers including Amazon and IKEA, has boosted its growth.
  • Both Bradford and Hull were ranked in the bottom five for GVA growth.   (, 20/01/2020)


Work starts on Croda Chemicals' distribution hub in Goole

Construction work has started on a major distribution warehouse in Goole 36 Enterprise Zone which is expected to create 200 new jobs.  It will be chemical company Croda Europe Ltd’s European distribution hub for products made at its manufacturing sites in the UK and outside Europe.  The facility will also house Croda's customer service and supply chain teams as well as a training centre.  Tritax Symmetry has now begun construction.  Croda is expected to move in by the end of 2020. (, 24.01.2020)

150 jobs saved as deal agreed for Clugston Group business

A deal has been agreed for a company in the Clugston Group which has secured more than 150 jobs.  The joint administrators of Scunthorpe-based Clugston Group Ltd have successfully agreed a sale of the share capital of Clugston Distribution Services Ltd.  The acquired business, which was not part of the insolvency process and continued to trade as normal in recent weeks, has been bought by AJWG Ltd. (, 29/01/2020)

Fifty jobs to be created at East Yorkshire business park

Broadhelm Venture has gained planning permission to develop a further phase of its 22 acre Broadhelm Business Park.  Light industrial warehouse and trade counter space will be created.  Work is due to begin in the summer of 2020 and will create up to 50 jobs for the local area across construction, local supply chain and new positions with occupiers. (, 31/01/2020)

A huge new Lidl is opening in Beverley soon

A huge new Lidl store in Beverley is due to open in the coming weeks.  The German supermarket chain has confirmed its newly built Hull Road store will be open for trading on Thursday 13th February.  Jobs at Lidl are advertised here. (, 30/01/2020)

West Yorkshire

New care home in Pudsey creates jobs

A new care home that will eventually employ 100 people has opened in West Yorkshire.

Burlington Care has officially opened the 86-bed Hutton Manor on Crawshaw Road in, Pudsey, with the new residential and dementia care home built on the site of a former care home. Burlington Care has a presence at other sites acrossYorkshire and Lincolnshire and jobs are advertised here.  (, 15/01/2020)      

Leeds factory will create 400 jobs and tackle housing crisis

A new house-building factory on the edge of Leeds will reportedly create more than 400 jobs and help meet the soaring demand for housing in the UK.  Legal & General Modular Factory, in Sherburn in Elmet, will use cutting edge technology to manufacture around 3,500 homes each year, that can be transported to various locations and assembled on site.  The company says the modular homes can be built within a few days, have up to 80 per cent fewer defects than traditional brick houses and reduce heating bills by up to 70 per cent.  Opportunities are advertised here.  (, 16/01/2020)

Discount retailer to create hundreds of jobs at former Poundworld warehouse

Discount retailer, The Range is set to create hundreds of jobs after agreeing a deal to lease a huge former Poundworld warehouse in West Yorkshire.  It has signed a 20-year lease on the Premier Way North building, just off the M62 at Normanton.  Look for upcoming roles on the Range’s website here. (, 22/01/2020)

Jobs at West Yorkshire Police

There are a number of roles currently being advertised at West Yorkshire Police.  Huddersfield Examiner highlighted some of the current jobs:

  • Contact Officers (Entry Level), Varied hours, Salary:  £18,951 - £22,833 p.a. (Career Progression Scheme)
  • Speed Camera Enforcement Operator, 18.5 hours, Salary: £20,619 - £22,833 pro rata, based in Bradford
  • Resourcing Assistant, Salary: £18,951 - £20,199 p.a., based at Force Headquarters in Wakefield city centre
  • Court Prosecution Officer, 18.5 hours, Salary: £29,064 - £30,951 pro rata, based in Bradford
  • Processing Officer, 37hours, Salary: £18,951 - £20,199 p.a., based in Bradford.
  • Head of Digital Forensic Unit, £49,023 - £52,332 p.a
  • Occupational Health Nurse Advisor, 37hours, Salary: £31,696 - £41,787 pro rata, based in Wakefield.
  • Digital Forensic Technician, Salary: £23,235 - £25,380 per annum

Many more West Yorkshire Police jobs are advertised here.  (, 29/01/2020)

South Yorkshire

Introduction to Creating Apps

Northern College are advertising a new course to learn all about what apps are and how to create and test them yourself.

Course: Introduction to Creating Applications
Dates: 12-14 Feb
Apply here or by phone on 01226 776000

They are also accepting applications for Access to Higher Education in Humanities and Social Science.

Aside from the above, there are also a couple of cleaning jobs currently advertised with the College here. (Twitter, @NorthernCollege, 31/01/2020)

230 jobs to be created in Doncaster with new industrial park

It is thought that as many as 230 jobs could be created after a deal was struck to create a new industrial unit near Doncaster.  Keyland Developments, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister company to Yorkshire Water, has sold a site at Little Lane, Kirk Sandall in Doncaster to Oyster Capital.  The site has planning permission in place for industrial development just 2.5 miles from Doncaster City Centre. Work on the site is expected to commence in the Spring. (, 20/01/2020)

Littlefish to create 150 jobs in Sheffield

IT Services and consulting business Littlefish has committed to creating up to 150 jobs in Yorkshire in 2020 after opening a new service centre in Steel City House in Sheffield as part of its expansion programme.  Littlefish has customers across six continents and works in seven languages. The Sheffield office will offer a range of services from assistance with managing IT and cyber security to cloud services and IT consultancy.  Littlefish roles are advertised here. (, 19/01/2020)

North Sheffield to get new Aldi and new Lidl after plans are approved

Sheffield Council has approved plans for a new Aldi which will be built across from Sheffield Wednesday's stadium and up the road from a new Lidl, which was approved during the same planning meeting on 28th January.  The site, opposite the entrance to the Kop at SWFC, on Penistone Road will be developed for an Aldi plus a Costa Coffee drive-thru and takeaway.  It is reported that it will create up to 250 new jobs and include eight trade units for businesses, including a builders merchants, a vehicle repair garage and parking for 270 cars.  Lidl will set up shop at the bottom of Stannington Road in Malin Bridge. (, 29/01/2020)

York and North Yorkshire

Legal firm Knights to create jobs in York as it opens new office

Knights, one of the UK’s fastest growing legal and professional services businesses, is opening an office in York later this month.  It is reported that they could employ up to 50 staff in the long term.  Opportunities with Knights can be found here. (, 15/01/2020)

£405m deal could save Sirius Minerals and jobs in North Yorkshire

It has been reported that Anglo American plc has agreed a significant deal to rescue the struggling North Yorkshire mining project, which exports fertilisers across the world.  The main site, which is based at Woodsmith Mine near Whitby, was tipped to become a world leader producer of polyhalite, with the potential of up to 4,000 jobs across the North.  But after it failed to reach its fundraising target last year, which would have unlocked bank funding for the project, bosses at the site decided to scale back its operations.  If the £405m deal by Anglo American is successful, it could guarantee the future of more than 1,200 workers. (, 20/01/2020)

Yorkshire dental group creates jobs

A Yorkshire dental group is creating 20 jobs as it starts its £2m expansion. Target Dental has acquired a sixth site, Starbeck Dental Centre in Harrogate, as part of the expansion. (, 27/01/2020)

41 jobs announced for Aldi in North Yorkshire

Aldi is looking to recruit at stores across North Yorkshire as a result of its growth across the region.  The discount supermarket is looking for four deputy managers, 30 store assistants and seven apprentices, at its Wetherby, Harrogate and Ripon stores. The majority of Aldi staff receive at least £9.40 per hour. The deputy store manager post would be £10.40, rising to £11.41 per hour.  See all Aldi vacancies here. (, 29/01/2020)


Bulletin date: 
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 18:30