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Jobcentres

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1993-94W, on jobcentres, how many vacancies have been advertised in jobcentres in each of the last six months. (241037)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how may vacancies in the Jobcentre Plus network have been advertised in each of the last 12 months. (241451)

The available information is in the table.

Jobcentre Plus vacancies: Great Britain

Notified vacancies

Live unfilled vacancies

November 2007

381,463

469,282

December 2007

393,606

394,904

January 2008

194,349

299,192

February 2008

459,053

387,359

March 2008

362,386

397,505

April 2008

346,063

385,082

May 2008

341,317

377,648

June 2008

415,627

386,810

July 2008

316,569

353,493

August 2008

405,470

348,451

September 2008

353,036

373,922

October 2008

366,690

383,331

Notes:

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 https://www.nomisweb.co.uk

2. Notified vacancies includes 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.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System.