News : Thousands of Jobs Available on Massive Monday in South West Wales
Swansea, UK, Jan 1, 2016 -- Jobseekers in south west Wales are gearing up for the busiest day in the employment calendar as the New Year brings with it thousands of vacancies in the region.
A surge in applications is expected across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire in a few days' time, dubbed Massive Monday in the recruitment world, as job hunters look for a fresh start.
Hundreds will compete for call centre and seasonal local authority positions, plus opportunities in sectors including retail, hospitality, banking and care work, many of which will be available via our Jobs Website.
Job hunter Angela, who did not wish her full name to be published, found work experience at Dunelm store in Swansea while she was claiming newly launched benefits payment Universal Credit. She was then offered part-time work.
The 25-year-old, from Swansea, said: "My advice to anyone looking for a job is to do as much work experience and take up as many opportunities as you can. I had never done work experience before and I was only on my placement for two weeks and then I was offered part-time work. Who knows what it will lead on to in the New Year."
Angela recently graduated with a degree in textile design and was keen to do a placement in a textiles department in a larger store.
Jobcentre Plus Swansea found her work experience at the home furnishings retailer, which linked in with her degree.
The top recruiters in the region are currently Amazon, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Next, Debenhams, Lloyds Bank contact centre, TSB contact centre, DVLA and Premier Inn.
Bernadette Grant, Jobcentre Plus work coach in Swansea, said while the new year brought a jobs rush, there was now high activity all year round.
"It's a bit like Massive Monday every day for us," she said. "Most people will think about changing some of the jobs they have been looking at. We encourage people not just to apply for jobs they usually apply for. We are constantly pushing the need and benefits of transferable skills.
"Next has been looking for short term recruits over the new year. Cooks and chefs are wanted by hospitality employers and there are ongoing community care workers still required."
She added that there was a rise in the number of employers offering permanent positions as well as those looking to add to their workforce for Easter.
Dairy production centre Gower View Foods, on Cross Hands Food Park in Carmarthenshire, is expanding with up to 40 vacancies.
Martin Brown, Jobcentre Plus work services director Wales, added: "The New Year is considered an ideal time by many people to set goals for the year ahead, and this can include getting a new job.
"Our local Jobcentre Plus staff are on hand throughout the year to help jobseekers find employment, including skills training, support with CVs and interviews and through work experience and apprenticeships."
Figures obtained by the Evening Post from the Department for Work and Pensions show Amazon promoted 1,500 vacancies in south west Wales over the festive period, Royal Mail 450, Toys R Us 80, Argos 70 and Next 50.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit Jobseeker's Allowance fell in Swansea from 3,199 in October to 3,125 in November, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. Neath Port Talbot saw a fall from 2,063 to 1,995 and Carmarthenshire from 2,033 to 1,870.
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