Jobless figures for Doncaster fall, say employment bosses

Jobcentre Plus.
Jobcentre Plus.

Unemployment has plunged in Doncaster with a string of employers recruiting, say Jobcentre bosses.

Figures published yesterday show a 27 per cent drop in unemployment year on year, with the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants down from 8,621 in January 2014 to 6,278 last month.

But the figures were up on December’s level of 5,849.

Nigel Coleman, an employer account manager at Jobcentre Plus, said there had been a surge of jobs with big employers mostly in call centres, logistics and care industries.

He said: “There is always going to be unemployment because of changes in industry and firms going out of business, and there are still people who have not found the right sort of work.

“But account managers looking after Doncaster are constantly busy at the moment. There are a lot of vacancies in logistics, call centres and warehouses.

“BT has been recruiting in the past couple of weeks and were among 45 employers at a job fair which attracted 600 job seekers recently.”

Other big employers include Hesley, Direct Line, and pub firms Hungry Horse and Marstons.

Mr Coleman said although many jobs paid minimum wage, there were also managerial jobs available.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said:“Employment in Yorkshire and Humberside is at a record high.

But Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton said of the rise since December: “The increase in the number of people claiming out of work benefits is worrying.”