Employment Vacancies: Chelmsford

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many notified vacancies there were in Chelmsford local authority area in each of the last six months for which figures are available.

Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions

holding answer 6 October 2008

The available information is in the table.

Number of vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus in the Chelmsford local authority area—March to August, 2008
March 1,029
April 930
May 1,052
June 1,195
July 1,339
August 1,246

1. Jobcentre Plus handles only a proportion of vacancies notified by employers. Consequently the figures do not represent the total number of job vacancies available.

2. Interpretation of the Jobcentre vacancy data should take account of changes in recent years to Jobcentre Plus procedures for taking and handling vacancies. The figures are not fully comparable over time and may not indicate changes in labour demand.

3. The Jobcentre Plus vacancies series do not provide comprehensive measures relating to all vacancies in the economy. The proportion of vacancies which are notified by employers to Jobcentre Plus varies over time, according to the occupation and industry of the vacancies and also by geographical area.

4. Comprehensive estimates of all job vacancies (not just those notified to Jobcentre Plus) are available from the monthly ONS Vacancy Survey since April 2001, based on a sample of some 6,000 enterprises. However, the ONS survey is currently designed to provide national estimates only.


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Jerry Co
Posted on 16 Oct 2008 11:26 am (Report this annotation)

These vacancies are 'vacancies'... i.e if an employer says in Jobcentre advert you need 10 people then i appears as ten vacancies. This causes a problem because multiple vacancies placing by recruitment agencies, especially all chasing the same lucrative contract may show more vacancies than those available. Also doesn't show type or duration of job. Northampton Jobcentre for example had 100 vacancies for chauffeurs in July but they were only required for the Silverstone Grand prix weekend