HC Deb 05 July 1988 vol 136 cc561-2W
90. Sir Fergus Montgomery

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many inquiries were received in 1987 by unemployed people following up advertised job vacancies in jobcentres; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lee

Precise information for 1987 is not available. However I would expect the total to be broadly in line with that for 1985–86, the last year in which comprehensive information is available. At that time over 80 per cent. of the total 19 million job vacancy inquiries were made by unemployed people.

100. Mr. Roger King

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the current number of job vacancies in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Lee

In May 1988 the number of unfilled vacancies registered at jobcentres in the United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted and excluding community programme vacancies was 255,500, compared with 230,500 in May 1987—an increase of 11 per cent. over the last 12 months. It is estimated that about one third of vacancies are notified to jobcentres.