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Positive Employment Figures Released By Council

Wednesday October 29 2014




BARNSLEY is coming out of the recession, according to the council.

Newly-released figures show the town's employee job count is at its highest level since 2005. The news is very positive, with figures suggesting that from a jobs point of view, the recovery from the last recession is well underway.

The figures, which covers September 2012 to September 2013, shows that there are 73,800 jobs in Barnsley, of which 49,500 (67.1 per cent) are full-time and 24,300 (32.9 per cent) are part-time.

It reveals that during that period of time, the amount of jobs in the borough has increased by 6.2 per cent - some 4,300 employees - which is higher than the increase reported at both a regional and national level.

Ged Shields, chair of Barnsley Economic Partnership, said: "The results are really encouraging and prove the benefit of private business working with Barnsley Council to strengthen the local economy.

"The growth in private sector jobs will ensure Barnsley's economy is stronger, and together we can feel more confident about the future for our borough."

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Reply Posted by Ray on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 09:47
Brilliant only another 19,000 jobs to find to get us up to the level of other similar sized towns in the area.

In 2005 we had high levels of unemployment so we're back to where we were in 2005.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 10:25
Yes right

Reply Posted by Charles on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 14:56
The improvement has nothing whatsoever to do with Barnsley council. We should be thanking the private sector for providing those additional jobs.

Reply Posted by ray on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 16:11
Agreed. A town positioned as ours i.e middle of country excellent M1 & M62 Links between 3 major cities a decent amount of trains. in the north should be pretty prosperous. I have not known of any major employers that actually pay anything come to barnsley. I have not worked in Barnsley in my adult working life as there is no work in my sector.

Believe it or not in the late 70's/early 80's Paul Sykes came to BMBC with an idea to build a large shopping centre in Barnsley. They rubbished the idea.

The BMBC were asked if they would want to put forward a pitch to have the Xscape centre built in Barnsley - Dodworth exit on M1. They missed the pitch.

Indeed the "masterplan" now for our beloved council is to build on any piece of greenbelt available and become a feeder town as the council has given up on making anything in business rates so now have will have to bolster with council tax. stupidly they do not even see the value of local business anymore allowing any large supermarket to monopolise the area despite the fact that small business owners are 5 times more likely to reinvest ion the local economy than large cooperation.

This article is a joke, to say we're back where we were 10 years ago just goes to show how little our authority has to shout about

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday November 2 2014 at 17:09
Said exactly the same before on many occasions Ray, and I concur.
We also have the Dearne Towns link road that gives speedy access to the A1.

The days of Barnsley being "green and pleasant" are to be obliterated by the near sighted BMBC policy of allowing any tom, dick and harry (strata anyone ?)to build houses on green belt land.
Houses which the large majority of the local populous can ill afford.
Houghton has always bleated about Tory "cuts" and after years of idiotic financial mismanagement by those in charge of the boroughs finances, the only way to claw back any money is to allow building houses on green belt land.

Barnsley will become a "commuter" town where people from outside the borough will buy property as highly advantageous prices and commute back to their places of work in Leeds / Sheffield / Wakefield.
This is happening as we speak.

As for long term employment opportunities, there are literally thousands of hectares of prime brown field sites that are RIPE for development, (Grimethorpe / Gt Houghton corridor) with excellent transport links in every direction but I haven't seen any major development (apart from Asos lol) in quite a while.

EU grants are available for the development of these brown field sites so why doesn't the council promote the sites and excellent transport links heavily?

I do agree with Charles (doesn't happen to often) but there are definitely dar to
many deadbeats on the BMBC payroll that simply haven't got a clue.
The reality is these people "get away" with earning their living an if they don't have the answer to a particular problem then they get the "consultants in", same as every other BMBC department.

Reply Posted by jen on Sunday November 2 2014 at 17:20
that is true steveo. but the Barnsley folk still vote them in.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday November 2 2014 at 22:42
Voter "APATHY" and 80 years of rule and what have we seen?
Nothing but hollow promises from the Labour leaders in their newly renovated municipal ivory tower.

KICK THEM OUT NOW!

Reply Posted by Charles on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 16:28
Sir Steve and his colleagues should hang their heads in shame at the way they have allowed our once proud town to become the poverty capital of the north of England. If anyone at the council had any business sense whatsoever they would be employing 'dynamic go-getters' in order to attract major companies to the area who in turn would put decent money in to the pockets of locals. Quite simply there are too many 'deadbeats' amongst the elected members and on the council payroll.

Reply Posted by Eric Hill on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 17:09
I'm not sure how the new jobs have been created as I haven't witnessed large numbers of be businesses being created in Barnsley or Businesses moving into to Area. This would leave only two alternatives to the new jobs. The first is that existing businesses have created additional jobs or the Governments policy to move the Registered Unemployed on to Self-Employement The later saves the Exchequer £10 a week for every unemployed person they take off the Register and become Self-Employed. My thoughts tend to believe the latter

Reply Posted by Grammar on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 18:39
Do any of you actually read what you write, before posting comments? No wonder businesses don't want to come here, you're all thick as two short planks!

Reply Posted by AHR on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 19:55
We totally agree, but with whom ?

Reply Posted by Dixie on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 20:31
Agreed Ray! What is barnsley council doing to encourage businesses to come to barnsley......zip! To encourage and build local industry.......zip
Wake up barnsley, vote these idiots out!!!

Reply Posted by Truth on Thursday October 30 2014 at 08:46
Lets face it,the facts and figures shown above sound spot on,people that want a job don't sit around on their arse all day making excuses and moaning,trouble is with barnsley and many other places it's littered full of druggies,people scamming sick and waste of spaces that think the world owes them a living,its like land of the dead when you walk through town with the amount of thugs and drug addicts,the younger generation already have their excuses not to work,they go straight on sick and claim for a brand new car on dla whilst usin that brand new car to go deal drugs,i think thats what the figures above are based on,the dead beat waste of spaces too idol to get of their arses and rather sponge their way through life scamming the social,its a cant work wont work generation today,sorry for my rant to the small number of people who are trying to find a job,this isnt aimed at you,

Reply Posted by Sllars on Thursday October 30 2014 at 10:53
Omg your having a laugh:
150 jobs to go at the Barnsley's coking plant, over 400 jobs to go within the council through this years funding cuts. If job figures are improving it’s only because the Government/councils are fixing them, example: by moving people off unemployment figures and categorising them under something else. Additionally, Asylum seekers aren't classed as unemployed, as they are not allowed to work, and we have hundred in Barnsley living off Tax payer money!
Further to this is regarding.... "The growth in private sector jobs will ensure Barnsley's economy is stronger, and together we can feel more confident about the future for our borough." The privat sectors growth can be accounted for through BMBC out-sourcing services, services that BBC once dealt with themselves. Thish in real terms means people once employed by BMBC, on a half decent wage, are now working for a private sector companies, on **** terms and condition, including staff employed in our schools. Please wake up and smell the coffee and don’t believe media propaganda ...

Reply Posted by Gerta on Thursday October 30 2014 at 11:09
you missed a valid point - That is why benefit claimants get there money sanctioned.. while your money is been sanctioned you are classed has NOT claiming , another way to fiddle the figures, what a joke

Reply Posted by murk on Thursday October 30 2014 at 11:18
You say,
"Additionally, Asylum seekers aren't classed as unemployed, as they are not allowed to work, and we have hundred in Barnsley living off Tax payer money!"
But what do you expect them to do? Would you perfer them to be working illegally - not paying tax? They are not allowed to go to work until their case has been heard and decided upon which is taking years longer than it should due to the backlog.
I'm afraid "Send them back" is not a vaild answer to the question either. There's a large chance that somewhere in your family history (in all our history) that there is an equivilent to an asylum seeker - fleeing persecution and war. The world as we know it would not exist without countries taking in people from other parts of the world.
Finally, a hundred? Do you think one hundred extra people makes the slightest bit of difference in a borough of almost a quarter of a million people.

Reply Posted by sllars on Thursday October 30 2014 at 11:44
I know exactly why they are not allowed to work and I understand investigating their claims can take years, and if they are truly asylum seekers, and not here under false pretences, then I have know real issues. But that being said, Barnsley spends hundreds of thousands of pounds, of tax payers money sending so called asylum seeker back, which proves they are not what they are claiming to be (under the Asylum seekers act). I also apologies for my bad typing as it should have stated hundreds, and this figure is a total underestimated.

Reply Posted by Nadia on Thursday October 30 2014 at 22:27
I know I have been sanctioned, which may have caused me to come of the 'unemployment' list briefly, but what it als did was take me of the housing as well so after the 13 weeks sanction I was very nearly on the streets, how's that for social justice

Reply Posted by Sllars on Thursday October 30 2014 at 11:20
More than a fair point, and with so many more ways to fix the unemployment figures how can anyone buy any statistics. What makes me mad though, is people actually buy the headlines without questioning the evidance!

Reply Posted by Sllars on Thursday October 30 2014 at 11:46
Murk: I know exactly why they are not allowed to work and I understand investigating their claims can take years, and if they are truly asylum seekers, and not here under false pretences, then I have know real issues. But that being said, Barnsley spends hundreds of thousands of pounds, of tax payer money sending so called asylum seeker back, which proves they are not what they are claiming to be (under the Asylum seekers act). I also apologies for my bad typing as it should have stated hundreds, and this figure is a total underestimated.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday October 30 2014 at 22:45
Its jobcentre for you Nadia instead of supporting you back into work they just look at ways to get you sanctioned its another conservative trick just make sure you fill the book out and put some jobs down even if you didn't apply for any and make sure you un tick the box on universal job mach so they cant look at what you have or have not applied for and if they tel you the have to see it just remind them under the data protection act they cannot make you give them access to it

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday October 31 2014 at 17:14
It doesnt take into account the likes of me who stay at home with the kids whilst partner is self employed doesnt claim tax credits and cant claim job seekers also how many people do we see "legally" working in fish and chip shops and car washes our local chip shop has new staff every few months that cant speak english so not all asylum seekers have it bad or do things by the book.

Reply Posted by Pete on Monday November 3 2014 at 06:28
What a load of crap we need hougton and his cronies out there killing Barnsley . Only thing hougton good for is messing with other peoples wife's