‘Dramatic improvement’ on people getting into work across Fenland and East Cambridgeshire – as national unemployment rate at its lowest in 40 years

15th May 2018

Dozens of jobs are up for grabs across Fenland and East Cambridgeshire as nationally unemployment is at its lowest rate in more than 40 years.

Employment bosses say there has been a ‘dramatic improvement’ locally in the amount of people getting into work across the county in recent months.

It comes as there are around 100 job vacancies on offer in Ely and Surrounding areas.

It includes more than 30 production and office jobs at G’s Fresh and various clinical and bank staff roles at Addenbrookes Hospital.

However, in Wisbech there are still around 150 more claiming JSA (Job Seekers Allowance) or searching for work on Universal Credit than this time last year.

But bosses say on-going positions are available at Caretech, Labourtech Agency and VIP Hair Walsoken.

In March, B&M also have positions open for applications.

Stephen Lankester, Jobcentre plus district operations leader, said there was a ‘job for everyone’.

He explained: “There are a lot of companies advertising from production to agricultural seasonal work in Fenland. G’s Fresh have more than 30 jobs on offer and they attract people from across Ely, March and Wisbech areas.

“Elsewhere it is a bit of a mix – with this time of year seeing some differences following the end of the tax year.

“But I would say that there is a job for everyone as long as you are flexible.

“We have seen a dramatic improvement in the amount of people getting into work and it is a credit to them.

“There has been a slight increase in those claiming, but with Universal Credit rolling out there will be some people on benefits expected to look for work.

“Anyone who is still looking I would say get a job in either catering or retail and then try to work on the bigger picture of your career.”

The unemployment rate in Britain remains at a 40-year low, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The figures released today, also show the employment rate has remained at a record 75.6 per cent, with 197,000 more people in work compared to October to December 2017.