Scottish Unemployment Rises But More Jobs On The Way
December 4, 2013
The number of Scots out of work increased by 10,000 to 203,000 according to figures recorded earlier this year.
The Office for National Statistics conducted the research in May and June which also showed that overall UK unemployment fell by 24,000 to 2.49 million.
These figures mean that Scotland’s rate of unemployment is now 7.4% which is below the UK average of 7.7%.
Responding to the figures, Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive Liz Cameron said:
“This is another clear signal that whilst many economic indicators may be improving, we are far from being out of the woods and there is no room for complacency, especially when it comes to creating and sustaining jobs in Scotland.”
For those currently unemployed and facing financial responsibilities, the prospect of falling into debt is of real concern. However, the more positive news for those north of the border is the increasing amount of job opportunities available in recent months.
From full-time work to seasonal jobs for the Christmas rush, many companies are expanding their Scottish workforce at present… including:
Webhelp – The Falkirk-based call centre Webhelp UK is creating around 170 full-time and part-time posts in Scotland over the next two months. The company said 75 positions would be recruited in Falkirk, more than 40 in Kilmarnock, 27 in Glasgow, 16 in Dunoon and 15 in Greenock.
Teleperformance – The French-owned call centre has confirmed it is to create up to 1,000 new jobs in Scotland. Around 600 jobs will be based in Glasgow with the rest in Airdrie, Erskine, and Kilmarnock with roles specifically aimed at customer service advisors, trainers and team managers.
GAMA Aviation – GAMA’s new state-of-the-art hangar and office terminal at Glasgow Airport will cater for private and business jets ahead of next year’s Ryder Cup, Commonwealth Games and MTV Awards, creating 50 new jobs.
Amazon – The online retail giant is hiring 2,700 seasonal staff to cope with Christmas demand so immediate starters are required. The company said it was creating a variety of roles for its Edinburgh customer service centre and also fulfilment centre opportunitiesin Dunfermline and Gourock.
Glasgow 2014 – Some exciting contract roles are being advertised for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which are being held in Glasgow next summer. The event’s recruitment partner Search is looking to fill 800 roles after already taking on 700 staff.
Don’t forget, if you’re currently unemployed and looking for work, you might be eligible for Job Seeker’s Allowance to help in the meantime.
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