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Vacancies: Chelmsford

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were notified to Chelmsford Jobcentre Plus in each of the last six months for which figures are available. (298791)

[holding answer 9 November 2009]: The following table shows the number of notified vacancies at the Chelmsford Jobcentre in the six months from April 2009 to September 2009 inclusive. The information covers both the number of live unfilled vacancies, and the number of notified vacancies:

Jobcentre Plus Chelmsford

Live unfilled vacancies

Notified vacancies

April 2009



May 2009



June 2009



July 2009



August 2009



September 2009




1. This information is available in the public domain at:

2. Data are unrounded.

3. Changes to Jobcentre Plus vacancy handling procedures have led to a major discontinuity in the vacancy statistics pre and post May 2006. Consequently, care should be taken in interpreting time-series data.

4. 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. 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.

5. Notified vacancies—uses monthly data on the inflow of newly notified vacancies to Jobcentre Plus.

6. The stocks of live 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.


Jobcentre Plus Labour Market figures.