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Unfilled Vacancies

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether, in view of the high registered unemployment figures in Essex and elsewhere despite the many unfilled vacancies for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled jobs, he will describe what special measures are being taken to persuade school leavers and others without work to accept employment in such vacancies.

It is normal practice for both the careers service and the employment service to submit suitable unemployed persons to outstanding notified vacancies. In recent years the careers service has been strengthened by the appointment of specialists to deal solely with unemployed young people.Any person who places unreasonable restrictions on the type of work he or she will consider or who declines to take up an employer's offer of a job is liable to incur a penalty affecting his or her entitlement to unemployment benefit or supplementary benefit or both.The co-existence of unemployment and unfilled vacancies is not unusual. Some unemployment is always generated by flows in and out of jobs, but more importantly the requirements of particular employers cannot necessarily be met from the labour available.The Manpower Services Commission has recently made a study of hard-to-fill vacancies which concluded that these vacancies usually arise for reasons with which it is not within the Commission's competence to deal. There is, nevertheless, some scope for improving the co-ordination

Over 26 weeks and up to 52 weeksOver 52 weeks
NumberPercentage of total unemployedNumberPercentage of total unemployed
July 1977242,61015·6307,05319·8
July 1978243,04716·1328,37221·7
July 1979211,55515·2340,54324·5