Firm claims jobless not prepared to work hard

MP Rosie Winterton swapped Parliamentary duties for pie making after taking a tour of the Topping Pie bakery. She is pictured here with Lynda Povey, General Manager and Roger Topping. Picture: Marie Caley D3756MC
MP Rosie Winterton swapped Parliamentary duties for pie making after taking a tour of the Topping Pie bakery. She is pictured here with Lynda Povey, General Manager and Roger Topping. Picture: Marie Caley D3756MC
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A FAMILY run business claims it can’t fill jobs - because people are not prepared to work hard enough.

Bosses at the Topping Pie Company, in Chappell Drive, claim many people come looking for work, but most seem unwilling to pull their weight.

Owner Roger Topping said since July the firm has taken on new business meaning it needed to expand its workforce, but in three months has struggled to find staff.

He said: “We have taken on all Morrison’s Yorkshire stores, a number of Sainsbury’s and we have orders for Selfridges, Makro, Fenwicks and Asda,”

“Business has nearly doubled so we’ve had to expand our workforce but we just can’t find the staff.

“We can take people on temporarily and if they’re any good they could be taken on full time, but what we have been getting is a joke.”

The family business first started out as a butchers in Scawsby in 1962 before moving into Doncaster market and expanding to piemaking in 1991.

There are 35 members of staff at its depot, with jobs available in production, packing and fork lift truck training.

He added: “We just can’t get the staff, we are carrying out interviews and people seem interested and then they either just don’t turn up or are lazy.

“The staff we do have are having to work six and a half days a week because of the demand. The first half of the year it was dire, but now we’re flying.”

The latest official labour market statistics show 18,100 unemployed people in Doncaster.

Dan Fell, deputy chief executive at Doncaster Chamber, said: “Whilst Doncaster does have its challenges, like many other towns, when it comes to recruiting for some skilled positions, it is a mixed picture with a good many firms praising the high quality of the labour market in the town.

“The Chamber is working closely with the Federation of Small Businesses, Doncaster Council and Doncaster College at the moment to identify and address the skill needs required by employers in the borough, in order to develop an action plan across Doncaster to address any skills gaps highlighted, primarily through education, training and improved careers guidance.”

Unemployed people outside Doncaster Job Centre Plus were angry at the company’s claims, and rejected any suggestion that all those out of work are lazy.

Benjamin Breakwell, 23, of Broxholme Lane, Doncaster has been out of work for seven months after being made redundant from his last job as a de-pollution operative which he held for six months.

He said: “Lazy and unreliable?

“They obviously haven’t met me yet.

“They are obviously not getting the right sort of people.

“I’m a fast learner, good time keeper but I can’t get a job because there is so many people looking for work. Businesses want cheap labour.”