Hundreds of tourism jobs are up for grabs

PUBLISHED: 08:59 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:59 30 March 2018

There are hundreds of job vacancies in Great Yarmouth.  Picture: James Bass

There are hundreds of job vacancies in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

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Hundreds of jobs are available across a range of sectors in Great Yarmouth in what has been described as a “very buoyant labour market”.

Haven and Parkdean holiday parks are looking to employ more than 500 people. Picture: Jacob MasseyHaven and Parkdean holiday parks are looking to employ more than 500 people. Picture: Jacob Massey

Haven and Parkdean holiday resorts alone are looking to employ more than 500 people, while Staffline need 100 people and the Royal Hotel on the seafront is looking for 50 new staff members.

Julia Nix, district manager of Jobcentre Plus in East Anglia, said there are definitely enough jobs for everybody in the region.

She said: “I think a partnership approach has improved the economy in the area, it’s very buoyant right now.

“There is a very diverse range of jobs available, from hi-tech to retail.

“In February we had an absolutely fab jobs fair in Great Yarmouth which was absolutely buzzing with employers and potential employees.

“Matching people is the tricky part. We want people to do what they want to do and sometimes people may have to wait a bit longer, but there are definitely enough jobs to go around.

“Sometimes our job is to identify a job that could suit someone who hasn’t necessarily thought of that role.”

Ms Nix said there is a prevailing misconception about levels of unemployment due to a misleading comparison of figures.

She said: “Headlines are saying it’s the highest figures of unemployment since goodness knows when, but that’s not true actually, because of universal credit.

“This means we’re not comparing apples with apples because the way we count people now means even though people are in employment, we still help them in the system with the old working tax credit, so we actually have got more people in work.

“Plus universal credit makes it more flexible to take part-time and seasonal work, so it’s working for both the employer and the job seeker.”

Ms Nix added that Jobcentres would be doing more to assist disabled job-seekers.

She said: “We’re asking our employers to sign up to our health confident pledge, which means they will be equally opportunity employers and will interview disabled people.

“The government has also opened an access to work cap, which means we will support people by subsidising travel and adapting equipment.”

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