Big firms' drive to recruit is 'encouraging' sign for Sheffield jobseekers

The new Ikea under construction in Sheffield will provide 480 new jobs.
The new Ikea under construction in Sheffield will provide 480 new jobs.
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The year is shaping up to be a good one for Sheffield jobseekers as major companies launch recruitment drives in the city.

Firms such as Ikea and Santander, along with public bodies including the NHS, are looking for hundreds of new workers to start in the coming months.

NigelColeman, of JobCentre Plus South Yorkshire

NigelColeman, of JobCentre Plus South Yorkshire

Unemployment is 47 per cent lower than it was five years ago, with 9,515 people claiming jobseeker's allowance, or JSA - down from 17,837 in 2012.

The current unemployment figure, released by the Office for National Statistics today, is up by 210 on the same period last year.

But according to Nigel Coleman, of JobCentre Plus South Yorkshire, the number of roles that are available or will soon be advertised is 'very encouraging'.

"In Sheffield we have got a number of recruitments going on," he said.

"Santander has got a big contract and will need 12 new people a month from Jobcentre Plus.

"The NHS has got 40 vacancies. They have ring-fenced some for Jobcentre Plus customers and the rest will be advertised on the NHS website.

"There is a new Co-op opening in Stannington, a new Home Bargains in Queens Road.

"And we have a jobs fair at Cavendish Court on July 5."

The number of unemployed young people, aged 18 to 24, also rose slightly compared to last year, up 85 to 2,090. But the figure is 62 per cent lower than it was give years ago.

Mr Coleman looked ahead to September, when Meadowhall will hold its recruitment event for Christmas staff.

"Quite often we are talking 2,000-plus jobs," he said.

"People need to get their CVs ready over the summer so they are prepared for interviews in September. A lot of people will remain at Meadowhall after their seasonal jobs finish."

Furniture giant Ikea is also bringing 480 new jobs to the city at its site on the old Tinsley Wire factory. The shop is expected to open towards the end of the summer.

"They have already got 400 people into work there," said Mr Coleman.

"There will be some job changes, with people leaving jobs behind and leaving a hole for someone else to fill in, which is great news.

"They are a fantastic employer, with brilliant opportunities in that organisation."

Nationally the employment rate is at a joint record high of 74.6 per cent, with 31.95 million people now in work.

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