HC Deb 16 April 1946 vol 421 cc2504-5
40. Fliģht-Lieutenant Haire

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is satisfied that employers are making sufficient use of the Higher Appointments Department to justifiy its continued existence.

Mr. Isaacs

I am satisfied that the Appointments Department fulfils a useful function and that its continuance is not only fully justified, but necessary. Nevertheless its usefulness would he very greatly increased, especially to ex-Service officers and men looking for suitable employment, many of whom are being forced to advertise and canvass for posts, if every employer would notify his vacancies.

Since VE Day, 47,406 vacancies have been notified by employers to the Appointments Department of my Ministry. During the same period, 26,925 vacancies were filled by persons submitted by the Appointments Department. In addition to this employment service, the Appointments Department provides an advisory service on the choice of careers, and administers the Further Education and Training Scheme and the Business Training Scheme.

Fliģht-Lieutenant Haire

Is the Minister aware nevertheless that in many cases employers appear to prefer to notify vacancies to private agencies rather than to the Higher Appointments Department? In many cases they say that they do not get any service from this Bureau at all.

Mr. Isaacs

I think that if a study is made of the figures I have given, it will show that we have quite a number of applications, and that we successfully fill the vast majority of the vacancies.

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