Motoring on to get more South Tyneside jobseekers into work

A Job Centre Plus
A Job Centre Plus

The North East’s automotive industry is helping to get more people in South Tynesiders into work.

New figures show a fall in the number of people in work across the area, with 3,890 seeking jobs, compared to 3,715 this time last year.

There are always call centres and care jobs, but at Jobcentre Plus we try to make sure we find people with the skills, so it might not be a job they would go for, but it is something they can do.

Steve McCall

Of those hunting roles, 810 are aged between 18 and 24-years-old.

Across the North East, Jobcentre Plus say more than 1.2million people - 71.2% - are in employment putting it at “all time high,” with a fall in unemployment by 4,000 in the last year.

Many roles are being found at Nissan and in its supply chain, including firms such as Unipress and Johnson Controls and distribution company Vantec.

Go North East is also preparing to take on 200 people.

Steve McCall, employer relationship manager for South Tyneside, said: “There are distribution, warehouse and logistics jobs, but we’re staring to see recruitment begin for Christmas, so restaurants, hotels, bars and the shops are now starting to look.

“There are always call centres and care jobs, but at Jobcentre Plus we try to make sure we find people with the skills, so it might not be a job they would go for, but it is something they can do.

“This is especially when it comes to younger people, so 18 to 24-year-olds, where we’ve seen a 7% drop.”