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Job Vacancies

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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20.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish an analysis of known job vacancies by skill category required.

I will arrange for a table showing the number of unfilled vacancies at jobcentres in Great Britain on 8 January 1988, analysed by occupation, to be published in the Official Report, Vacancies have risen by nearly 20 per cent. over the last year with increases for most occupations.

Unfilled vacancies in Great Britain—8 January 1988
Occupation descriptionNumber of vacancies
Managerial10,699
Nursing4,482
Typing and Secretarial5,956
Clerical and Machine Operators33,967
Selling-Distribution22,493
Selling-Others9,705
Security and Protective Services5,122
Catering29,665
Cleaning and Personal Services30,288
Farming and Fishing1,959
Materials Processing-Textiles/Cloth562
Materials Processing-Food2,226
Metal Processing463
Metal Processing-Others383
Making/Repairing-Textiles/Cloth5,442
Making/Repairing-Others5,226
Machine Operator (Engineering)-Skilled3,401
Machine Operator (Engineering)-Unskilled404
Toolmakers/Fitters1,192
Installation/Maintenance4,892
Electricians3,088
Electronic Technicians1,218
Welding/Fabrication4,625
Painting1,724
Assembling/Packaging/Inspecting5,611
Construction-Skilled5,203
Construction-Unskilled1,855
Mining and Quarrying119
Transport Operators-HGV and PSV2,622
Transport Operators-Others9,962
Miscellaneous8,580