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Employment Vacancies: Glasgow

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies are available in (a) Glasgow South West and (b) Glasgow; and if he will make a statement. (240801)

[holding answer 10 December 2008]: The available information is in the following table.

Vacancies in Glasgow city council area and Glasgow south west parliamentary constituency: as at October 2008

Notified vacancies

Live unfilled vacancies

Glasgow south west parliamentary constituency



Glasgow city local authority




1. Interpretation of this data needs to take account of changes in recent years to Jobcentre Plus procedures for taking and handling vacancies. These figures are not fully comparable over time and may not indicate developments in the labour market. A more detailed explanation is available on the Nomis website at:

2. Notified vacancies include any speculative placings recorded by Jobcentre Plus. Datasets from May 2006 may reflect substantially reduced levels of speculative placings as part of the notified series. Consequently, care should be taken in interpreting time-series data.

3. The stocks of unfilled vacancies reflect more accurately the job opportunities actually available via Jobcentre Plus. In the case of unfilled vacancies, use of the figures on live vacancies is recommended (i.e. excluding suspended vacancies), and this is the default option. Live vacancies may still include some vacancies which have already been filled or are otherwise no longer open to recruits, due to natural lags in procedures for following up vacancies with employers.

4. Comprehensive estimates of all job vacancies (not just those notified to Jobcentre Plus) are available from the monthly ONS Vacancy Survey since April 2001, based on a sample of some 6,000 enterprises. However, the ONS survey is currently designed to provide national estimates only.


Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System