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Vacancies

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment vacancies there are in (a) Castle Point constituency, (b) Essex and (c) London. (243812)

The available information is in the table.

Jobcentre Plus vacancies in Castle Point parliamentary constituency, Essex and London as at October 2008

Notified vacancies

Live unfilled vacancies

Castle Point Parliamentary Constituency

263

318

Essex

6,864

6,185

London

37,742

31,784

Notes:

1. Interpretation of these 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.

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. In the case of unfilled vacancies, use of the figures on live vacancies is recommended. 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. Data are unrounded.

5. Figures cover only those vacancies advertised through Jobcentre Plus, and so will not capture all available vacancies. 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of job vacancies (a) in each region and (b) in Blaenau Gwent. (243872)

The available information is in the table.

Number of vacancies in each region and nation and in Blaenau Gwent parliamentary constituency: as at October 2008

Notified vacancies

Live unfilled vacancies

Blaenau Gwent

267

226

North East

19,238

16,357

North West

48,673

43,788

Yorkshire and The Humber

33,544

28,858

East Midlands

28,973

76,744

West Midlands

38,874

35,047

East

30,028

27,913

London

37,742

31,784

South East

45,385

43,539

South West

31,471

31,236

Wales

19,251

18,690

Scotland

33,511

29,375

Notes:

1. Interpretation of these data should 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.

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 job opportunities 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.