Local Jobcentre Plus reports huge rise in vacancies being posted


Close to 1,000 jobs have been posted in the space of one month in just one local Jobcentre Plus, highlighting the ongoing increase in the number of new vacancies being created.

After several years of relative inaction, the UK jobs market is almost back in full swing, with the latest official statistics suggesting that there are currently more openings than there have been for some time.

Indeed, highlighting this upturn in fortunes, the Isle of Man government has reported that its central Jobcentre Plus office was notified of some 900 new vacancies over the course of September alone.

Moreover, of these, around 500 were still up for grabs by the end of the month, indicating not just that local employers are stepping up their recruitment efforts, but that many people have already found new positions and so are not in the market for a new job, with this situation being mirrored in several other parts of the country.

Efforts to get people off benefits and into work 'are succeeding'

Welcoming the news, Chief minister Alan Bell told the local Isle of Man news: "The current environment of high job vacancies is also a favourable backdrop for this government’s policy of supporting people to move off benefits and into employment, which is much better for the individuals concerned as well as for the economy, society and our public finances."

This comes as a new report has revealed that consumer confidence in the UK has been on the rise over recent months, thanks in no small part to the fact that growing numbers of people have made the move into paid employment.

Indeed, according to the latest consumer confidence index from Lloyds Bank, consumer confidence has gone back up again after a difficult period, with all the signs suggesting that enhanced levels of job security as well as improved prospects for those looking for new positions are behind this trend.






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