Labour Workforce

Labour Workforce

Please take a look at the relevant sections for specific information for parents/carers, pupils, teachers and employers on careers provision at Haughton Academy.

The LMI Bulletin overs a wide range of online careers resources including labour market information, networking and employer brokerage and access to employer details who are willing to support careers and work related learning activities.  Please see  below.

LMI Bulletin (Issue 440)

Job News

A Durham security intelligence company has received funding to enable it to take on an additional 10 staff. Intelligence Fusion describes itself as "a Software as a Service company providing enhanced threat intelligence and situational awareness to help protect people, assets and reputation" (Business Live).

Two construction companies have run into problems in the last week. Joyce Construction and Civils based in Corbridge has appointed administrators with the loss of 86 jobs  (BusinessLive) and Clugston which is based in Scunthorpe and has in total over 600 employees across a number of companies. 150 have been directly affected (BBC) by the Clugston construction companies going into administration bringing a halt to work being carried out at Newcastle University. 


Quality of Work

In the last few years, the quality of work became the focus of  government attention with the recognition of the number of people working on zero hours contracts, the emergence of the gig economy and the self-employed versus employee issue. The Taylor Review of 2017 made over 50 recommendations about "Good Work" including the need for some form of metrics for measuring the quality of work. ONS has started this process using data from the Annual Population Survey which goes some way to measuring quality of work. ONS uses what it has to have a working definition of what constitutes an employee with “quality work”. This was someone with all of the following characteristics:

·         earning at or above low pay of the unitary authority or county in which they live, 

·         usually working less than 48 hours (including overtime) per week

·         not being underemployed, meaning that a worker does not want to work more hours than their job allows them to

·         having either a permanent contract or some other contract with a reason they do not want a permanent contract

This report from ONS uses available data covering pay, contracts and hours worked to provide some indication of the quality of work. The main findings were:

·         Four in five employees work “satisfactory hours” (48 hours or fewer) and do not consider themselves underemployed.

·         Almost all employees (99%) have a “desired contract” (either a permanent contract or non-permanent contract for a reason other than “could not find a permanent job”).

·         Using two-thirds of the UK median hourly pay as a measure for low pay, 7% of employees in the UK were in low-pay employment

For a fuller description of good quality work look at this report

Vacancy Boards

Not sure that this is completely robust as a methodology but after talking to one of our advisers I was interested to see what results were produced when you search some of the better known job boards. The job titles are shown and the location used  was "Durham" plus 30 miles:           

A few observations:

·         there is a huge difference in the number of vacancies retrieved. More does not necessarily mean better as these services are retrieving vacancies posted on employer sites and agencies and trying to avoid duplicates

·         I found Total Jobs the easiest to use - the suggestions for job titles or skills was very helpful - and Monster the poorest interface

·         Adzuna has a nice layout but is disappointing in that it doesn't allow a radius search up front. You have to wait for the results then click through to extend your search only to find that 30 miles isn't an option. 

In terms of where the jobs are retrieved from then Total Jobs helpfully provides a source for its vacancies.

The fact that more vacancies were through agencies may be a consequence of being easier for Total Jobs to obtain its vacancies from agencies rather than employers but it certainly confirms how important (particularly in manufacturing) it is to use recruitment agencies.  Of the 5,500 jobs currently on Total Jobs for the North East, 63% are through agencies.

The Adzuna job board is making use of its big data to produce some added value LMI - see the top tight of the Adzuna results page.  They use the salary and job count data to show trends and comparisons of demand in the last 12 months, the employers recruiting and a very rudimentary jobs location map.

LMI Bulletin (Issue 434)

Job News

Barrier Ex in Wallsend is looking to take on 50 more staff following a £700,000 grant. The company makes industrial lighting for use in hazardous work including the oil and gas  industry. (Buisness Live)

There is risk of redundancy at a contact centre on the Team Valley in Gateshead. What was Worldpay and is now Fidelity National Information Services Inc (FIS), has announced a consultation with staff on up to 140 redundancies.  The reason given is automation. Two considerations are that a) the finance sector is the biggest user of contact centres and b) the expectation that more jobs will disappear from contact centres as customer services become less dependent on human interaction. This is anticipated to result in a reduction across the UK of 25,000 agent positions over the next four years and for 250 contact centres to close.[1]

RegisUK which owns the Supercuts hairdressing chain has called in the administrators.  There are around 1,200 employees affected across the UK including salons and staff in the North East. Hairdressing you would imagine is an type of work which is not likely to be impacted by technology. Rather employment levels will be more affected by disposable income (mean time between hair cuts might increase). The graph below shows haidresssing employment in the region over the last 15 years. This shows the fall in numbers following the recession around 2008/9 and an increase from 2014 as possibly more people took to hairdressing self-employment? Things have settled in the last few years and the numbers are pretty much back to where they were in 2004.


References for UCAS Undergraduate Applications

Guidance for prospective students on the UCAS website around requesting a reference to support a UCAS application. This includes a 3 minute video which might go down well in the class.

Careers and Enterprise Company, State of the Nation 2019

The third of the Careers and Enterprise Company's annual state of careers education in England report (actually published at the back end of September but just in case you missed it).  The report uses data that was collected from schools and colleges via the Compass self-assessment tool. Two of the findings are that an increasing number of schools are self-assessing and doing this more than once to monitor improvements. There are also more schools and colleges providing students with employer encounters.

Families and the labour market

An ONS release on the employment rates of parents with dependent children in the labour market in 2019. The statisticians comment

"In 2019, three-quarters of mothers with dependent children were in work, up from two-thirds of mothers at the start of the century. In comparison, over 9 in 10 fathers were working". "Many parents make changes to their work to help balance work and family life. Almost 3 in 10 working mothers said they had reduced their hours to help with childcare, compared with 1 in 20 fathers".

Over the last 20 years, fathers have consistently had a higher employment rate than men without dependent children. During this period, the rate of mothers in employment has overtaken the employment rate of women without dependent children. In 2019, the employment rate of mothers (75.1%) was greater than men without dependent children (73.5%).

LMIBulletin (Issue 433)

Job News

A Mexican restaurant is being opened in Durham creating 25 jobs, The restaurant will be on Church Street, with a two floor venue consisting of a ground floor taquiera, outdoor patio area and a basement with a bar and table to seat 16 to 18 people (Insidermedia).


Labour Market Economic Commentary

Every month ONS publishes labour market statistics which show the changes in employment, unemployment, economic activity/inactivity, vacancies, jobs etc. There is no shortage of data. What is often difficult is making sense of it. The Labour Market Economic Commentary provides some analysis of the change at the UK level. To save you clicking the link, these are the main points

·         The UK labour market showed signs of slowing, with the level of employment falling by 56,000 to 32.69 million and the level of unemployment increasing by 22,000 to 1.31 million, in the three months to August 2019.

·         Over the same period, the employment rate for men remained unchanged (80.2%) and that for women declined to 71.6%.

·         The total number of people working part-time fell by 129,000 on the quarter, which is the largest fall since the three months to August 2011.

·         The unemployment to vacancy ratio has increased slightly in the latest period, which may be an early indication that the labour market tightness is levelling out.

·         In the three months to August 2019, both real regular pay and real total pay were below their pre-downturn peaks.

Whether this means the real beginning of a slowdown and what post October 31st will mean and bring we will have to wait and see. 

What do graduates expect?

A short piece on what employers could do to meet the expectations of graduates. In a relatively tight labour market the idea is that employers have to be more in tune with prospective employees to attract the best people.  The report starts with a comment that around a third of the 10,000 people surveyed thought they would have moved on from their first full-time graduate job within two years of joining. However it then says that the most important factor in retaining a new employees interest and commitment, would be showing them a clear career progression (is this realistic?) Other findings seemed to suggest that women were more influenced by personal development within the job and job fulfillment than men who were also more influenced by a quick salary improvement.  The authors are from a consultancy branch of the business which draws its intelligence on the thoughts of 16-20 year olds from  The Student Room which provides various services to prospective and current undergraduates and says it attracts 75% of students on to its site.


If you are looking for a successful manufacturer then it might be helpful to have a look at the businesses which have taken part in this years Made in the North East awards. The Apprenticeship/Training Scheme Award went to Houghton International with Funky Chunky Furniture, TDR Training, Barrier Ex and Cleveland Bridge, shortlisted.


This is the October edition of Pathfinder, the magazine aimed at ex service personnel.

Get Help to Retrain

Just to say that the Adult National Retraining programme, Get Help to Retrain is continuing its rollout in the Leeds City Region, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, and the Heart of the South West. The National Careers Service is supporting this programme which started in the North East, West Midlands and Liverpool City LEP areas.  

DWP Benefits on Facebook

DWP has started up a Facebook page to provide information on its benefits

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