December 8 2013 Latest news:
Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A Wisbech recruitment agency claims English workers are not interested in most of the minimum wage 450 vacancies on their books.
The Workshop agency, based in Horsefair, says it has a record number of vacancies to fill and is hoping to help boost employment in the town.
The agency says it will help find a job for anybody that genuinely wants to work but it is hard to recruit English workers to the posts.
There is something to suit everyone as we have both skilled and unskilled positions available and our aim is to fill each and every one of them, said an agency spokesman.
However it has to be said nearly all are in factories locally and many people simply do not want to work in them, said the spokesman.
Yes, they are mainly minimum wage jobs but thats simply because companies can not afford to pay any more. Everytime the minimum wage goes up employers have to find an extra 15p an hour or so and that can be itself difficult.
The agency said it recently contacted Moy Park after it announced 300 job losses in Wisbech but only three English workers laid off came to see us for work. The trouble is many people forget that, traditionally, you need to start at the bottom and work your way up. Thats what you do if you want to make something of your life.
The Workhouse says it is not sure of the unemployment rate in Wisbech but at their Skegness office the town has 1800 unemployed and were only getting about 20 or so in a week asking about jobs.
Kevin Smith, manager of the Horsefair shopping complex, said: The Workshops vacancy level is great news for the town; it offers a brilliant opportunity for those looking to get back onto work or looking for a brand new challenge.
I wish the team the best of luck filling them.
He said the agency had a reputation for working hard within the local community by running charity initiatives for local causes.