Job Creation (Yorkshire)

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 26 January 2015.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley 2:30, 26 January 2015

How many jobs were created in (a) Shipley constituency and (b) Yorkshire in 2014.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

In the year to September 2014, employment rose by 6,500 in Shipley and nearly 30,000 in Yorkshire.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

I congratulate my right hon. Friend on those great statistics. Late last year, I organised a jobs fair in Shipley that had employers there with more than 300 current vacancies. She will be aware that many Conservative MPs in Yorkshire have also held jobs fairs in their constituencies. Will she ensure that jobcentres always support jobs fairs, to ensure that as many jobseekers as possible come to them?

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

I can absolutely give my hon. Friend that assurance. I congratulate him on holding a jobs fair. He is right to draw attention to the fact that Conservative MPs in Yorkshire have been putting the Labour MPs to shame for not holding as many job fairs. Because of those events and our welfare changes, and because of the success of our long-term economic plan, more jobs were created in Yorkshire last year than in the whole of France—something I am sure my hon. Friend is particularly pleased to hear.

Photo of Wayne David Wayne David Labour, Caerphilly

I am an only child, Mr Speaker.

With regard to Shipley and Yorkshire, can the Minister say how many of the jobs she mentioned were part-time, on zero-hours contracts or on the minimum wage? If she is not sure of the figures, does she agree with me that a heck of a lot of jobs are in those categories?

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

I thank the hon. Gentleman for asking that question, because I frequently hear the myths put about by the Opposition. I can assure him that 80% are full-time jobs and 75% are managerial and professional jobs. These are very good jobs for excellent people who are trying to support their families in Shipley and across the UK.