Hull 2017 leads to 'flurry' of job opportunities in the city

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Mar 2017

A "spring slump" for jobseekers in the Humber region is being shrugged off in Hull where the City of Culture effect is helping to shape happier prospects, it has been claimed.

Employment optimism in Yorkshire and the Humber has dropped in the weeks leading up to Article 50 being triggered, according to world workforce experts ManpowerGroup.

The EU Withdrawal Bill was in its final stages yesterday, with both Houses of Parliament due to debate and vote on the document.

Prime Minister Theresa May was planning to trigger Article 50 – which formally starts the Brexit process – as early as today if agreement on the text of the bill was reached in both the House of Commons and House of Lords last night.

In its Employment Outlook Survey (EOS), ManpowerGroup said outlook for the region was down three points to +5 per cent, matching the national average.

Amanda White, head of specialist markets for ManpowerGroup, said: "Hiring in Yorkshire is slowing down as we approach the triggering of Article 50, echoing the more cautious national outlook.

"However, there are still plenty of opportunities in the region's call centres and we're also seeing competition to find candidates for more technical roles. "Jobseekers are increasingly reluctant to commute long distances so employers are having to dig deep into local talent pools to find the people they need.

"Some employers are becoming more open to taking on staff with less relevant experience and offering on-the-job training to bring them up to speed."

Ms White said: "Hull becoming UK City of Culture 2017 has sparked a flurry of new hospitality and supply chain opportunities in the area.

"We're also seeing lots of engineering and manufacturing opportunities, particularly for maintenance engineers.

"Siemens recently announced the development of a new facility at Green Port in Hull, which will create more than 1,000 jobs, which is great news for the area."

Gill Dillon, employer and partnership manager at Hull Jobcentre Plus, said: "We have been seeing more hospitality-type vacancies advertised locally that we have been able to help businesses recruit to."It is certainly a sector our clients are interested in – hospitality is the fourth largest sector nationally so it is an important one.

"Hull City of Culture is a cause for optimism and increased opportunities, with the opening of restaurants and bars and so on.

"A lot of people have started their careers in the sector, which offers a wide range of skills and often leads to greater career opportunities."

Ms Dillon said: "Of course there is the effect of Siemens being felt across the wider range of manufacturing in the city."It is definitely a good time if you are looking for a job in Hull."

Mark Cahill, managing director of ManpowerGroup UK, said: "The impending trigger of Article 50 is clearly affecting confidence in the jobs market.

"The private sector plans to hire at its slowest rate since 2014 (+4 per cent), with only construction, manufacturing and transport and communications planning to hire at previous levels.

"The employment rate is at its highest level since records began in 1971, but if you lift the bonnet to look at the engine of the economy, job creation has slowed and employers are becoming more cautious.

"The companies which have powered Britain's economy through the immediate post-referendum period are easing off the gas."

All but five regions reported falling outlooks for the coming three months compared to the previous quarter.

The EOS is based on responses from 2,119 UK employers and asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter.

It is the most comprehensive, forward-looking employment survey of its kind and is used as a key economic statistic by both the Bank of England and the UK government.

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