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Vacancies rocket as Stafford claws its way back from recession

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

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UNEMPLOYMENT is at its lowest for five years with job vacancies rocketing as Stafford claws its way back from recession.

A total of 1,458 jobs are up for grabs within a two-mile radius of the town centre, a figure which has more than doubled since May last year.

The news comes as it was revealed the number of jobseekers in the Stafford constituency stood at 1,018 by the end of December, down from 1,067 in November - the lowest rate since June 2008.

JobCentre Plus lists all the jobs in the borough on the Universal Job Match website.

This week the Newsletter is advertising more than 500 of the positions, with more due to be advertised next week.

The range of help available has resulted in a number of success stories for Stafford residents, who were previously struggling to get back into work.

One teenager, Shaun Fielder, 19, was taken on at Gnosall Family Butchers in August last year through the Wage Incentives scheme. He was matched to the job and his employers were paid an incentive.

Amanda Hoof, who runs the business in Wharf Road, said: "Shaun saw the job advertised and came into the shop.

"We found out about the incentive scheme with Jobcentre Plus and took him on. The money we received has been used for training, which has been really important, and it has also given us the incentive to take on another employee.

"It has worked out very well for us. Shaun is very hard working."

Emily Dawson, 21, also benefited from a similar scheme after looking for work for some time.

A wage incentive opportunity arose at the Stafford Department Store in Greengate Street so Emily was given interview coaching by her personal Jobcentre Plus adviser. She now has a full-time permanent position.

Store manager Deana Holland added: "It is a real incentive for companies."

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy said: "Growth forecasts have gone up and that is beginning to show through the number of vacancies available. Things are looking up.

"We need to ensure that local people are in the best possible position to take on those jobs. Some employers have said they are struggling to recruit engineers or IT specialists.We need to ensure people are equipped with the skills."

Turn to page 25 for the start of the Newsletter's eight-page jobs pull-out.

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