asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest estimate by region of the percentage of (a) full-time and (b) part-time vacancies notified by employers to local offices of his Department.
It is regretted that this information is not available.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is satisfied with the current level of notification by employers of (a) full-time and (b) part-time vacancies to local offices of his Department; and whether he will make a statement.
The best estimate that has been made suggests that around 25 per cent. of all vacancies are notified to the employment offices of the Employment Services Agency or to the careers offices of local authorities. I should obviously prefer this figure to be higher but I am pleased to have been informed by the Manpower Services Commission that there has already been a significant relative increase in the number of notified vacancies in those areas where the service has been improved by comprehensive modernisation. This includes the introduction of new-style offices known as jobcentres, self-service facilities and employment advisory staff.We do not keep separate statistics of notified vacancies for full-time and part-time employment.