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Centre for Cities 2014: Good news for jobs in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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Employment prospects in Gloucester are on the rise, with a 4.4 per cent increase in those in work from the previous year.

The city registered a 77.8 per cent employment rate between July 2012 and June 2013, higher than the previous year at 73.4 per cent.

This put Gloucester as the city with the second highest employment rate anywhere in the country, just below Reading.

GFirst, the local enterprise partnership, promotes Gloucester’s economic and commercial potential.

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David Owen chief executive of GFirst, said: “It is tremendous news that Gloucester is the second highest city in the UK for employment levels.

“It is particularly pleasing to see that Gloucester also has achieved the highest percentage rise in the last 12 months.”

Gloucester is the proud home to global brands such as Olbas Oil and Wall’s icecream.

Ecclesiastical Insurance, one of the biggest employers in Gloucester, said it was still looking to add to its 600-strong ranks.

HR director Caroline Taplin said: “This is positive news for Gloucester and very encouraging to see.

“Ecclesiastical has been based in the city for more than 30 years and during that time we have always tried to create as many opportunities for work and learning for the local workforce as possible.

“We also run a graduate programme and launched an advanced apprenticeship scheme in 2013. We are always looking for talented people to strengthen our team and I hope interest in insurance sector jobs will only grow in future.”

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Propping up the table were Rochdale, Liverpool and Hull.

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6 comments

  • jas37  |  January 30 2014, 10:10PM

    paulchelt, You have hit the nail on the head. If Gloucester had received poor ratings Richardburton, Selina30 and the other doom and gloom merchants would have jumped on the bandwagon and loved it. Because Gloucester's results are pretty impressive they treat the report with derision. You can spot them a mile off. Positive news, they don't want to know- any negative news they are over the moon.

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  • paulchelt  |  January 30 2014, 7:32AM

    I feel sorry for people like selina30 and Richard burton who are so negative. I wonder why? Of the two people quoted one does have a vested interest in good news for Gloucester but the other as head of hr at a major local employer is well placed to comment on employment. This report is not just put out by the "everything is great merchants." It is produced by a national research organisation who look at various aspects of city life. In the report they produce a variety of tables, on employment, housing, inequality and other matters. In each one they show the 10 best and 10 worst cities. Gloucester appears in the top 10 several times and does not appear in the bottom 10 in any. The only one that might be a problem for Gloucester is that a higher % of employees are in the public centre than private. There might be a reason for this but it could be argued we should have more jobs in the private sector. Therefore the council and other organisations are right in letting people know the areas in which Gloucester is doing well according to independent research.

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  • Richardburton  |  January 29 2014, 5:58PM

    The trouble with this sort of report is it's the usual people in it, i don't know anyone who has been asked questions about anything relating to Gloucester. It will be people who earn too much trying to justify their wages! Always ask... Who,why ,and how much did this cost!

  • SELINA30  |  January 29 2014, 4:59PM

    The Citizen fall for it every time the "everything is great merchants" put out a press release.

  • RoadWombat  |  January 29 2014, 1:03PM

    Irrelevant. A Mcjob is still a job and the first step on the ladder. You don't wait for a vacancy for an astronaut to come up and expect to walk straight into it. A prospective employer is going to me more impressed with someone who has taken a job (any job) rather than sit back and expect the taxpayer to fund them until the one they happen to like comes along.

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 29 2014, 12:07PM

    It would be interesting to see what percentage of that are in what could be deemed as 'McJobs' or on zero hour contracts.

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