Christmas recruitment campaign as Burnley job market remains buoyant

Burnley's jobs market remains buoyant according to the town's Jobcentre, but the number of people claiming out-of-work benefit rose slightly last month.

Thursday, 20th October 2016, 3:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 6:45 pm
Burnley Jobcentre

Figures reveal that 1,670 people claimed Universaly Credit in September, up by 200 from the previous year.

However, the figure is 656 less from September 2010, a 36% decrease.

Ken O’Shea, Pennine Employer and Partnership Manager at Burnley Jobcentre, said: “My usual message is that the job market remains buoyant and we continue to work with a number of employers to support unemployed people into work.

“Christmas recruitment campaigns are in full swing with a number of retailers – Asda, TK Maxx, Marks and Spencer, Boundary Mill, The Toy Shop, Tesco, H Samuel, Greggs, Ernest Jones, Boots, Argos, Next and Sainsbury’s to name a few.

“The annual Feeding Britain’s Future Campaign has just finished with 20 local jobseekers securing employment in the food sector.

“I would like to thank all our partners and businesses who supported the campaign.”

Meanwhile, the BooHoo expansion continues apace, and the company is now trying to fill an additional 200 jobs in the warehouse.

Mr O’Shea added: “Two DWP colleagues and I spent a morning working at BooHoo. It was a great opportunity to gain real insight into working at the UK’s fastest growing on line retailer and I would encourage any one out of work to consider applying for a job there.”

The Jobcentre is also holding a Disability Confident Event, supported by Burnley MP Julie Cooper at Burnley Football Club on Friday November 25th from 10am to 1pm. The event is designed to encourage employers to understand the business benefits of employing disabled jobseekers.