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Employment: North East

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many vacancies for positions within the Jobcentre Plus network have been advertised in each of the last 12 months in the North East; and what proportion of those were advertised in local newspapers. (254914)

The. administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking how many vacancies for positions within the Jobcentre Plus network have been advertised in each of the last 12 months in the North East and what proportion of those were advertised in local newspapers. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

The table below gives the total number of vacancies in the North East Region of Jobcentre Plus, and the number and proportion of these that are externally advertised through a variety of routes. We are not able to identify which specific vacancies were advertised in local newspapers. However, external vacancies were advertised by grouping these into 16 separate recruitment exercises and of these, 12 recruitment exercises advertised vacancies through the local press.

Month

Total vacancies

Vacancies grouped into external adverts

Proportion of total vacancies advertised externally (percentage)

2008

February

31

30

97

March

58

40

69

April

23

20

87

May

42

20

48

June

13

0

0

July

19

0

0

August

108

88

81

September

53

50

94

October

3

0

0

November

9

0

0

December

153

110

72

2009

January

233

210

90