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Employers in the West Midlands are UK's most confident

Employers in the West Midlands are the most positive in the country about hiring new staff, according to a survey by a national recruitment agency Manpower Group.

Automotive investment has boosted regional confidence, pushing the county to the top of the list.

This news follow Jaguar Land Rover's announced last week, that it's doubling the size of its new engine plant near Wolverhampton, leading to 1,400 new jobs.

Trade Unions: Nottingham City Council workers' protest

Trade Union members claim that "unprecedented levels of poverty are emerging amongst staff working for Nottingham City Council."

They claim that many council workers fear they will be forced to resort to using local food banks following steep rises in the price of gas, electricity and food.

They say that staff who have to use a car for their job are not able to afford the petrol to fill it up.


Council statement on workers' protest

Workers at Nottingham City Council are protesting today over a freeze in their wages.

The council leader explains that the local authority has had a reduction in its budget of £27 million this year and a further £23 million next year.

"Maintaining services and protecting jobs has to be our top priority. The freeze in incremental pay rises has saved 150 jobs since 2011. Continuing it next year would help protect upwards of 100 jobs.

"We're taking steps towards implementing the Living Wage to support the lowest paid staff and will be discussing this further with the trade unions."

– Jon Collins, City Council Leader, Councillor

Nottingham City Council workers protest

Nottingham City Council House Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesGeoff Kirby/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Workers at Nottingham City Council are protesting against a freeze in their wages today. Unions claim the lowest paid staff are struggling to have a basic standard of living. The council says the freeze has secured 150 jobs since 2011.

3000 news jobs for Derby by 2020

27 new businesses and 3000 new jobs are to be created in Derby by 2020.

The announcement is part of a £40 million programme by Derby City Council which is being backed by the government's Regional Growth Fund.

The money will be used in the aerospace, rail and automotive supply chains for various projects.

The Regional Growth Fund resources were allocated to Derby last October and these funds are used to support businesses to grow.

Vince Cable MP, Business Secretary, said: "We need growth that is more evenly balanced across the country. This is why we are supporting manufacturing centres like Derby through the Regional Growth Fund."


£138m for Midlands jobs

Manufacturing industry Credit: Mark Duncan/AP/Press Association Images

More than £138m is to be invested in projects across the Midlands. The Government funding is aimed at creating and safeguarding thousands of jobs in manufacturing firms and small businesses.

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Full report on Export boom for Midlands

Exports from the East Midlands have reached their highest level in the first quarter for 6 years.

They hit £4.6 billion in the first three months of 2012 up from £3.5 billion in 2010. It means the region’s businesses are back in the black, exporting more goods than they imported for the first time since 2006.

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