Town shows slight rise in job vacancies

Working Links employer services manager, Helen Pendleton.
Working Links employer services manager, Helen Pendleton.

HARTLEPOOL is bucking the regional trend by seeing a rise in job vacancies.

The latest statistics saw unemployment rise in the North-East by 12,000 to 148,000 on the previous three months, while the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Hartlepool dropped slightly last month to 4,267 claimants.

But employment experts say there has been some encouraging growth in jobs in some trades, while Hartlepool has also seen a rise in vacancies compared to this time last year.

Employment experts from Working Links, which delivers pre-employment training for employers in the region, is seeing an increasing number of vacancies in the retail and contact centre industries as it helps its customers find work.

Overall, they say vacancies in the North-East have fallen by 15 per cent compared to the same period last year, but Hartlepool is one of only two areas in the region to see a rise.

The town saw vacancies rise by five per cent, followed by Northumberland with a two per cent rise and North Tyneside with a five per cent fall.

Commenting on the current trends, Working Links’ employer services manager Helen Pendleton said: “We’re working with a number of employers across the North-East to train new staff to hit the ground running, particularly in the retail and contact centre industries.

“Employers in the region are generally looking for candidates who are motivated and have the right attitude. We’re working with a number of colleges across the North-East to help train people for specific vacancies.”

The figures also showed that across the North-East the top performing sectors for year-on-year for August to October this year were:

l Metal forming, welding and related trades which saw a 148 per cent rise;

l Business and finance associate professionals which saw a 117 per cent rise;

l Science and engineering technicians which saw a 70 per cent rise;

l Construction operatives which saw a 68 per cent rise.

The least well performing areas were:

l Administrative occupations (records) which saw a 66 per cent fall;

l Health associate professionals which saw a 61 per cent fall;

l Healthcare and related personal services which saw a 42 per cent fall;

l Process operatives which saw a 36 per cent fall.