A study examined the challenges faced by young unemployed people looking for work, focusing on those with limited education and skills and from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Even in the stronger local job market investigated, there were 24 unemployed people chasing each retail vacancy available through Jobcentre Plus, and 50 for each office vacancy. In a weaker local job market, the figures were 66 and 44 respectively. Over two-thirds of applications (69 per cent) received no response at all. 78 per cent of the jobs applied for paid under £7 an hour, while 54 per cent offered the minimum wage. Just 24 per cent of the vacancies offered full-time, daytime work.
Thursday, 18 October 2012