More people out of work

Rushden Lakes developers: Jon McCarthy, with shop keeper Adrian House
Rushden Lakes developers: Jon McCarthy, with shop keeper Adrian House

As young people across the county look to the future after collecting their GCSE results today, figures show certain industries in the county are over-run with newly-qualified people looking for work, while in other industries there is a surplus of jobs compared to the number of people training to do them.

The numbers show that for every person who trains in Corby, two jobs are advertised. In East Northamptonshire more than two vacancies are advertised per person that qualifies.

But the picture is bleaker in Kettering and Wellingborough.

In Kettering the equivalent number of vacancies advertised per person who trains is 0.75, and there is about one vacancy posted for every newly-trained person in Wellingborough.

One industry over-run locally with trained people looking for work is hair and beauty. In 2010-11 230 people trained in Corby in the industry, 10 in East Northamptonshire, 200 in Kettering and 20 in Wellingborough.

But that year there were just three hair and beauty vacancies advertised in Corby, three in East Northamptonshire, 24 in Kettering and none in Wellingborough.

This means that there was the equivalent of only one vacancy in hair and beauty per 100 jobseekers in Corby.

Another industry where there are few jobs and a large number of hopefuls is hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism – in Corby there was only one vacancy advertised per six people who trained in the industry, while there were no vacancies at all in East Northamptonshire or Wellingborough. But in Kettering there were 193 vacancies and 140 people who trained – more than one job per person.

The figures also reveal there are more jobs than people training to do them in the automotive industry.

In Kettering there were more than nine vacancies advertised per person who trained in the automotive industry, compared to about four vacancies per jobseeker in Corby, three in East Northamptonshire and more than one vacancy per jobseeker in Wellingborough.

There was more security work than people training to do it in Corby – more than 13 jobs were advertised per person who trained in the field.

In Kettering there appears to be more jobs in contruction than people training to do them, with more than five vacancies per person who trained.

Adrian House, chairman of Rushden and District Chamber of Trade, said he wasn’t surprised to see there were more automotive jobs than people training, as the industry was an essential.

He said: “It’s tough for people because the employment laws make it so restrictive – you take hairdressing for example, to be able to cover five weeks’ paid holiday a year for a hairdressing business is a big commitment. It does put them off hiring.

“The motor industry seems to still be doing well because cars keep going wrong. It’s still a good industry if people are willing to get their hands dirty.

“I don’t think many people are taking on in Rushden at the moment.”

Tresham College principal Stuart Wesselby said he was confident people who completed courses at Tresham were going on to work in their chosen field. He said: “At Tresham our main priority is to ensure that each one of our students completes their course successfully and progresses into employment, an apprenticeship, university or further training.

“We realise that young people and adults who complete their courses are entering a very competitive jobs market. However, I am confident that the additional skills and support we provide are resulting in job and university offers.

“Tresham provides courses in a range of subjects with additional employability skills and regularly reviews the courses on offer to suit the local labour market as it is important for us to ensure that local and national business gain the employees with the skills required to improve their competitiveness and productivity.”