Part-Time Work Drives Britain To Record Employment
Official figures show employment has reached a new record high with the UK jobless rate falling to 7.9% despite the country being mired in recession.
Upbeat figures of recent months, which came as something of a surprise, have led economists to question how the Office for National Statistics (ONS) calculates GDP growth.
The latest employment figures, also released by the ONS, showed the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in September fell by 4,000 to 1.56 million.
The unemployment total fell by 50,000 between June and August to reach 2.528 million, helping the unemployment rate to drop to 7.9% from 8.1% the previous month.
The employment total of 29.59 million was the highest since records began in 1971. As in previous months, the performance was largely driven by people in temporary jobs.
The ONS also reported that part-time employment increased by 125,000 between March and May to a record high of 8.13 million.
The number of people in part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work was close to a record high at 1.4 million.
Youth unemployment fell by 62,000 to 957,000, the lowest figure for over a year but only 50 thousand were shown to have taken jobs.
Self-employment increased, up by 35,000 to 4.2 million while the data also showed a rise of 13,000 in the numbers on Government-supported training and employment programmes, leaving the total at 158,000.
Separate figures on pay growth show average wage settlements are still lagging behind inflation, standing at 2.2% annually in September.
The figures were welcomed by the Government.
Minister for Employment Mark Hoban said: "It's a real landmark to see more people in work than ever before. Despite the tough economic times, the private sector continues to create jobs and our welfare reforms are encouraging people to return to work - with 170,000 fewer people on the main out-of-work benefits than in May 2010.
"The big fall in youth unemployment is particularly welcome, but we know this remains a challenge, which is why we have the £1bn Youth Contract offering nearly 500,000 work experience places, apprenticeships and wage incentives to help young people get a job."
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "These may be the best figures for some time, but we still need to do much, much better.
"There are still hundreds of thousands of young people without work, over a million people working part-time who want full time-jobs and wages are still trailing below inflation."
Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG added: "Today's workforce will not be around forever and unless businesses across the country put plans and people in place to share expertise and experience, they will find themselves bereft of the skills which can make them competitive.
"It's well known that organisations benefit from a blend of youth and experience. Employers will do well to remember this or risk an uncertain future for individuals and organisations alike."
what do you think?
amazing what you can do when you really use the figure to LIE LIE LIE!
Yes Simon, statistics can be manipulated. If for example, 10% of road accidents are caused by drink driving, then the sober 90% are the biggest danger !
So why can't our youth get work?
Because there isn't any work for people without experience, and nobody is going to give them any ! But it has to be said, that there are some who can't/won't get out of bed in the morning.
There is tonnes of work out there. If one really wants to work they will take anything they can get.. Most jobs are crap ofcourse such as being a kitchen porter but work is work (I hear theres plenty of work as a farm hand, but havnt looked into it myself since I got a job).. The problem with many of these people is that they will only go for jobs they want instead of what is available (and then try to get the job you want while working)
Not true, Scott. About half a million available jobs vs two and a half million jobseekers. If you were given the choice of hiring someone in their 30s with experience, or a seventeen year old with none, which would you take on?
Many young people can not find employment the education system as failed them leaving them without the skills, attitude, work ethic and confidence to compete for jobs. Young people who have these attributes will get jobs and succeed. As a former employer I have proved this many times over.
Scott, funny that you should use kitchen porter as an example. I know a bloke who started his working life doing that. Hes now a production manager for a small specialist camera company. Doing very well for himself. To my knowledge, he hasn't been out of work since he left school 35 odd years ago. Just goes to show ,that if you start working at whatever is there, and keep at it, you could end up with a good job.
because the last government built up expectations to an unreasonable level making everyone believe that they were entitled to a well paid job while at the same decreasing education standards thereby rendering people ill equipped for the transition from education to work. Look at the size of the eastern european community in Methyr Tydfill and the level of local unemployment there, the eastern europeans didn't move there for the weather so there must have been jobs for them to go to
Looking good for the Tories !!!!...........................just saying
Not really grant will mainly part time work pay all the bills and put food on table I think not. Especially with utilities and food bills to soar!!
not as good as my bet with you that that the tories get kicked out next election Grant !! 20 quid remember!!
Grant. Some posters on here appear seem very disappointed that 50000 people have found work and now have a wage coming in. It seems they would rather they were still out of work to provide more ammunition for their anti govt rhetoric
dave no one is dissapointed about people being employed. people are dissapointed in the fact that this tory government are fiddling the figures to make things seem better than they are. i myself are more dissapointed that there are people like your goodself are silly enough bto believe the spin. i really thought better of you
Hi Michael. Successive govts have been manipulating figures for decades to show themselves up in a better light. Whichever party is quoting the figures it depends on your political leanings as to whether they are believed or not.
Two and half million unemployed according to official figures, and the rest. And how many real jobs are waiting to be filled? The devil finds work for idle hands, the politicians need to realise this or they might find themselves taking a short journey in a tumbril.
The difference comes from weather they include all jobless (disabled, sick etc..) or just those on job seekers.. Depending on what they want to push determine what numbers they want to use.
Scott they also manipulate JSA by suspending claiments and making them put in a new claim, it saves money and hides the true figures for the month.
Successive govts have been manipulating figures for decades to show themselves up in a better light. Whichever party is quoting the figures it depends on your political leanings as to whether they are believed or not.
Must think we are stupid. Whats the saying "you can't fool all the people all the time"
Apparently you can if their name rhymes with Rant Merry ;-)
"..being in employment.." is an extremely loose phrase. "not being on the unemployment figures due to how we calculate them" would be far more accurate.
spot on Ben.
they are not jobs ,this is just rubbish from the tory spin people.If you believe this you may as well believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden !!
Lee. I do not dispute the many comments on here asking where are the jobs and agree it is a hard even impossible to find work in some areas. But lets rejoice that 50,000 more people have found work and now have a wage coming in or would you rather still have them on the dole so you can continue to call the coalition
Dave H, I would indeed rejoice if I thought 50,000 people had found work, as I know what a really fantastic feeling it is when that happens to anyone. Unfortunately, I believe these figures just about as much as I believe that inflation is currently 2.2%!!
Anthony. A very valid point but unfortunately govt figures are all we have to go on regardless of how they are distorted.
these employment figures are built on sand they will crumble. I have seen no knew jobs created nad plent yof places closoing down
yes Alf, take the £1bn given to rich employers to create none jobs work experience and wage incentives.
I'd like to know where the part-time jobs are in my part of the country then ... my 16 year old attends college three days a week, but can't find any part-time employment that fits in around his studies. I believe the Tories arfe very good and fiddling the figures and not disclosing the full details behind their findings!
Yes Ruth, perhaps they use the same number cruncher as star rake in the bucks.
Ruth. They are all good at fiddling the figures. I hold no truck with this lot but a certain G.Brown was an expert at it so don't expect anything to change in 2015
My wife's boss has just told her that he has had 243 applications for a slightly over the minimum wage post at her place of work.
John, I'm afraid that doesn't come as too much of a surprise. Just over a year ago I applied for a low paid, relatively unskilled job with one of the train operating companies which was only 'advertised' to 'friends and family'. There were over two hundred applicants.
On the flipside of this, there was a regional news item on BBC News the other night - London Midland are cancelling train services because they can't attract train drivers - their pay is apparently uncompetitive compared to other rail companies - it's a mere £40,000 per annum before overtime.
Absolutely right Mick. I'm sure there are many people (I'm one!) who would be quite willing to retrain (no pun intended) and work for that sort of money, but the train operators will not invest in this for new drivers. The training programme is extremely expensive, as one can imagine, and I believe it takes a minimum of two years....so they won't be taking me on as a 57 year old, eh? I gleaned this information from my neighbour who is an instructor for railway workers...or at least he used to be.....he was made redundant last month(!)....aged 53. 40K is indeed not a competitive salary for a train driver, btw....I understand that the norm is in the 48/52K bracket.
It seems rather odd then, that my local Job Centre has started opening on Saturdays to cope with the increased number of 'customers'.
21 yr old fully qualified mechanic has no chance of work in local garages as they all employ iraqis,polish,eastern european for less than minimum wage in cash,the downfall of this country,the same situation all over europe in years gone by that has created the wars and civil conflict me personally did not understand,i now know why these uprisings occured and realise it will happen here in the uk in my lifetime,WATCH THIS SPACE
AGREE STEVE its a pity those in the government cannot see the wood for the trees ..is it not? all those that seem to think these incomers are paying their fair share of tax ought to be made aware that these economic migrants ALSO get tax credits PLUS any claim for fictitious children they claim are living back in whatever country they arrived here from .MAKING SURE that the benefits they receive FAR AND AWAY OUTWEIGH ANY TAX THEY MAY HAVE HAD TO PAY !! yep , it pays to be a foreigner in britain
this has all been brought about because employers ARE using a LOOPHOLE in employment laws THAT ALLOW them to use AGENCY WORKERS ......... in order to PREVENT THEMSELVES HAVING TO PAY HOLIDAY PAY OR REDUNDANCY MONEY !!!
Cooking the books Cameloon.We can see the jobs lost every week so do not try to hoodwink us with your lies.
Yes indeed Alan, next they'll be telling us that inflation is down to about 2.2%! Oh, yeh....they just have...