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76 PER CENT OF COUNCIL JOBS GO TO MANCHESTER RESIDENTS

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Latest figures show that 76 per cent of all Manchester city council job vacancies which are advertised externally a...
Latest figures show that 76 per cent of all Manchester city council job vacancies which are advertised externally are filled by Manchester residents - in line with the council's policy of trying to improve the employment opportunities of local residents.

A report to the council's personnel sub-committee shows that between April and September 1996 out of 564 vacancies which were externally advertised, 429 or 76 per cent of them were filed by people living in Manchester.

Levels of unemployment in Manchester have long been well above the national average and have consistently been nearly twice those of neighbouring authorities in greater Manchester.

The city council resolved two years ago to take action to tackle this problem.

Niel Warren, chair of the personnel sub committee said: 'Procedures were put in place two years ago to try to alleviate levels of unemployment in the city by making more city council vacancies available to Manchester residents and those procedures are now clearly bearing fruit.

Procedures put into place to directly improve employment opportunities within the council for Manchester residents include quarterly council job fairs; the production of regular council jobs update bulletins; the targeting of all entry grade an training posts at Manchester residents only and a restricted advertising policy whereby except in special circumstances, only senior grade jobs are advertised nationally.

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