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Hewlett-Packard to axe Sheffield jobs

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard plans to cut more than 1,100 jobs at a number of UK sites in the new year including in Sheffield, according to union leaders.

Unite said the US-based firm will axe 1,124 posts in Bracknell, Sheffield and Warrington, as well as among staff who work from home.

Unite said 618 jobs could be lost at the Bracknell hub, although the employees work at multiple locations; 483 will go at Warrington and 23 at Sheffield.

The company has blamed falling demand and reorganisation for the job losses it wants to implement in the first three months of 2014.

Plans were being outlined at a meeting in Bracknell, Berkshire.


Nestle jobs boost for young

Nestle's headquarters in York Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Food giant Nestle, which has a factory in York, is to create 1,600 jobs across the UK for young people over the next three years, and hundreds of paid work experience placements.

The jobs will range from sales assistants to business management as well as working on the shop floor.

Chief executive Fiona Kendrick said: "Sadly, young people are stuck in a catch-22 situation - they can't get a job without experience, but can't get experience without a job.

"As employers we value young people with experience, so we have to provide them with enough opportunities to gain it."

Nestle said it will offer 300 paid work experience placements in its factories, offices and sales teams as well as helping social enterprise group MyKindaCrowd to give skills and training to more than 12,000 school and college students.

The placements will be for four weeks.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: "The food and drink industry is facing a

pressing skills gap and it is critical that businesses take action to engage and

attract young people into the sector.

"I welcome all businesses who offer high-quality work experience, which is

vital for youngsters and firms to bridge the gap between school, college and

work and help build a talent pipeline for the future.

"It is encouraging that Nestle, as a large UK employer, are helping to open up opportunities for young people across their business."

Power station jobs protest

Ferrybridge Power Station Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Unemployed construction workers and union activists from West Yorkshire are staging a protest this morning outside the Ferrybridge power station.

The unemployed workers are angry that they have not been given the opportunity to get jobs on the site even though they claim there are significant job opportunities in an area which is in need of regeneration and community support.

A new multifuels project is being built at Ferrybridge but Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has contracted work out to employers who are not taking on local workers.

Unite regional officer, Chris Weldon said: "There are over 300 CVs of unemployed local workers who live within 35 miles of the site on a database at Ferrybridge. They are ready to work and they have got the skills but they are being overlooked.

"We are protesting today to demand that workers whether local or not are treated fairly and that means getting the opportunity to apply for work and being treated equally. Ferrybridge is an important project for the local economy so it is outrageous that local workers are being excluded."

409 apply for one low-paid council job

409 people have applied for a cleaner's job , working for Kirklees Council.

According to the council the job, which involves cleaning and clearing empty council homes, is on the minimum wage of £11,945 -a-year.

But as hundreds fought for some of the poorest paid jobs, some of the better paid jobs with the local authority went uncontested.

In several jobs at pay grades just above the national average there was only one candidate.

A vacancy for a deputy social services manager on £35,430 per year received a solitary applicant, as did a vacancy for an administration manager on £30,011


'Plans for 115 homes in Hull should create local jobs,' says councillor

A councillor in Hull says the jobs created by plans for 115 new homes and the refurbishment of 100 flats should all be offered to local people.

It follows the demolition of two blocks of flats in the Orchard Park area yesterday, which will now make way for a 15 million pound redevelopment of the area.

Hundreds of residents turned out to watch. Five blocks of flats are being demolished in the area before 2015 and a further two are being refurbished.

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