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Seven people chase every single job in Bradford, says union
At least seven unemployed people apply for every job that becomes available in Bradford, a survey has revealed today.
Unison, the UK’s largest union, said that there are 7.4 applicants for each role that comes up in the district.
The union claims its research exposes the scale of the jobs crisis and the urgent need for a bold strategy for growth and jobs in the March 20 Budget.
John Cafferty, regional secretary for Unison in Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “The scale of the ongoing jobs crisis, especially in our larger towns and cities, is deeply worrying.
“Three long years of cuts - with more to come – and still there are not enough jobs to go around. The Government has got it wrong on the recession and it has sacrificed our recovery. As well as laying waste to our public services, cuts have a stranglehold on the private sector.
“The Government does have a choice. Use the Budget to outline a bold strategy for jobs and growth. Make people feel secure in their jobs and they are more likely to spend. Give public sector workers a decent pay rise and more money will flow through tills in local shops and businesses, helping our beleaguered high streets.
“The most damaging thing the Government could do is to plough on regardless with its reckless anti-growth, no hope, cuts strategy.”
Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green said the situation was not unique to Bradford. “It doesn’t come as a surprise to me, which is why we are so heavily involved in working to upskill people in the district and working with the private sector to create as many jobs as we can,” he said.
Coun Green said jobs needed to be created “to just stand still” and said: “If we have seven unemployed people for every new vacancy it indicates that more work needs to be done to create six more job opportunities. We are committed to creating as many new jobs as we can and to helping the private sector do their bit.”
David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, said: “I am not pretending things aren’t difficult in Bradford, but we have got to be careful with these figures. Many people get jobs through word of mouth or through agencies. There are a lot more jobs than are advertised at the job centre.
“Many businesses I visit don’t use the job centre because a lot are unhappy with the people they get from there.”