4 April 2012
During my research in China I discovered that 50% of graduate’s can’t find a job on leaving uni, part of China’s future problems but then I was a tweet from Diana Johnson MP (one should point out she is my old boss) about finding work in Hull. From my experience finding work in Hull is hard, I know graduates in call centres and as a region we are being hit with multiple factory closers and public sector cuts. Some examples include BAE, Commit which was started in Hull and the 20% tax on caravans levied recently a sector which employed 1,000 Hull workers. Whilst to their credit local politicians have not towed the government line of relying on the market to attract work but used their office, this even includes the odd Conservative but mainly Labour.
So let’s look at two statistics, graduation employment and work in Hull. On the graduate front 70 people now apply for each job, with a decrease of 7% in jobs available, the vast majority now insist on a 2.1 and some work experience, when I looked at graduate jobs in Hull just 14 came up on the search and most of them didn’t really look like you needed a degree. Then if we look at the number of people fighting for each job in Hull, we are the top in the whole country with 80 people fight for each post, this is almost a freak, most of the top ten worst have between 25-40 people for each role, only stoke comes near us with 73 per role.
I don’t have the stats to hand, but when I ran for parliament I put together a briefing note on to my campaign team and I remember writing that in the constituency I ran in unemployment was about 2.5%, however I suspect this has gone up.
This morning I joined a rally of 4,000 public service workers on strike in Kingston upon Hull. The dispute is formally about the renegotiations of pensions between all public sector workers and the government. Many were in attendance from the Labour movement and some from the private sector. The strike was the closest to