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Employment: Wimbledon

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were notified to the Jobcentre Plus branch which serves residents of Wimbledon constituency in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008. (256616)

[holding answer 12 February 2009]: The information is in the following table.

Number of notified vacancies in Wimbledon parliamentary constituency in 2006-08

Number

2006

4,463

2007

4,667

2008

4,903

Notes:

1. Changes to Jobcentre Plus vacancy handling procedures have lead to a major discontinuity in the vacancy statistics pre and post May 2006. See

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/articles/177.aspx#may06

before comparing data over this period. Interpretation of this data needs to take account of changes in recent years to Jobcentre Plus procedures for taking and handling vacancies.

2. 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.

3. These are not whole economy figures. Coverage relates just to vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus and as such represent a market share of vacancies throughout the whole economy. This proportion varies over time, according to the occupation of the vacancy and industry of the employer, and by local area. Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System.

4. 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 of the notified series.

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

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System.