Northern Ireland tops the league table for the toughest place in Britain to find work.

Former PM Gordon Brown says Northern Ireland should join the new UK wide Alliance For Full Employment.  

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has appealed to Northern Ireland’s politicians, business leaders, clerics, unions and voluntary sector to join the UK wide Alliance for Full Employment(AFFE) this afternoon.

He made his call whilst addressing Stormont’s all-parliamentary banking group this afternoon (Weds) as  AFFE released research showing Northern Ireland is now the toughest place in Britain to find a job.

Five out of ten of the worst areas in Britain to be seeking work are Northern Ireland boroughs with three of those at the top of an unenviable league table.   

Causeway Coast & Glens, Mid & East Antrim and Derry City & Strabane now ranks as the first, second and third hardest places in Britain to find a job. The Boroughs of Ards & North Down and Lisburn & Castlereagh come in at fifth and sixth place.

In Causeway Coast and Glens there are now 72.5 people chasing every job vacancy with a ratio of just over 59 people applying for one job in Lisburn and Castlereigh. Because of the extraordinary pressures placed on jobs and the economy by the CV-19 pandemic, Mr Brown is pressing the Westminster government to extend support well into 2021 in the form of part-time wage subsidy in the same way that Germany France and Denmark have done. 

“Only by providing work experience training, help with job search and an incentive for employers to take them on, can we provide a fully-funded work guarantee for all young people who need it,” he told the virtual Stormont audience.  “It is to the long term benefit of the UK that we deliver a job-creating Green New Deal that harnesses our huge resources of wind wave and hydrogen power. “We have to fight the scourge of unemployment which we know can destroy individual self-worth, and family life.  Six Regional mayors in England, the Welsh First Minister and I formed the new UK-wide Alliance for Full Employment and I hope leaders in Northern Ireland will join too.

“Given what we know from our experience of the 1980s, of the time it takes for redundant workers to find new jobs after they lose them, and given how much damage is done when we deprive young people for months, in some cases years, of a start in their working life,  life we cannot walk by on the other side “I  propose Chancellor Sunak and Prime Minister Johnson convene an all-UK jobs summit of all the nations and regions and invites all sides of industry to examine a practical new plan. But if the Government won’t do this I suggest that Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish leaders and England’s  Metro Mayors and local government leaders – all elected representatives with their own mandate from their communities – should come together to show the Government what a good employment plan would look like and what it could achieve. 
“And we want to hear Northern  Ireland’s voice too. Just think what we might achieve together, all united in proposing a  better recovery plan. Just think how we can create a momentum from all parts of the United Kingdom and the real change we can achieve.”

The worst places in Britain to find a job by job applicant to job vacancy ratio 
1: Causeway Coast and Glens – 72.5 applicants to 1 job vacancy 
2: Mid and East Antrim –  68.4 applicants to 1 job vacancy 
3: Derry City and Strabane – 61.7 applicant to 1 job vacancy 
4: Brent – 61.7 applicants to 1 job vacancy
5: Ards and North Down- 60.5 applicants to 1 job vacancy 
6: Lisburn and Castlereigh – 59.1. applicants to 1 job vacancy 
7: Haringey – 46 applicants to 1 job vacancy 
8: Barking and Dagenham – 44.7 applicants to 1 job vacancy 
9: Lambeth –  42.5 applicants to 1 job vacancy 
10: Greenwich 42.1 applicants to 1 job vacancy. 

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