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MP urges employers to use free help when recruiting


Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie is reminding employers of the free help available from the JobCentre Plus to find the staff they need.

Ms Baillie visited the office in Union Street to meet the team and be given an update on the local job situation.

She was told the latest payroll figures show the number of people on the payroll increasing in every Gloucestershire local authority area since the beginning of the pandemic two years ago.

In Stroud, there are now 1068 more people on the payroll than two years ago.

Employers are struggling to fill vacancies due to the healthy jobs market and she was told the Job Centre does not charge employers to advertise their vacancies.  

Staff can also help with interviewing, sifting through candidates’ CVs and applications all free of charge to the employer and potential employee.

“We have challenging times around the increasing cost of living but the job market is a real positive and I was really pleased to see how good it is in Stroud at the moment,” said Ms Baillie.

“The JobCentre Plus team is working really hard and are exceeding regional and national expectations on a range of services.  They have also opened a Youth Hub in Brimscombe with the fantastic Access Bike team. 

“But it is also really important to highlight just how much free help and experience a JobCentre Plus can give to employers to find the staff they want.

“I would urge employers to tap into these services to ensure they can link up quickly and easily with those looking for work and local people to see what is available.

“Thank you to all the staff at the JobCentre Plus for all they are doing to make sure we have employment and training on offer across Stroud, the Valleys and Vale.”

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