Just 45% of London's disabled people of working age are in work and a new roadshow hopes to bosst these numbers. The Disability Confidence Roadshow will open today fronted by businessman and Falklands veteran Simon Weston.
The event is designed to increase the confidence of London's employers to recruit disabled people in the capital. Sponsored by Barclays Bank it will be attended by companies and businesses such as GlaxcoSmithKline, Morgan Chase, BP and Morgan Stanley
Mr Weston said 'What I want employers to take away from this conference is that disabled people cane be some of your best employees. We're some of the most determined workers, who go the extra mile to secure results.'
- The capital is creating 10 times more private sector jobs than the second fastest growing city, Edinburgh
- For every one public sector job created in London, two have been lost in other cities across the country
- After university, one in three 22 to 30 year olds who move city come to London
- From their early thirties, people begin to move out again as their families start to grow, but 60% of people who move out choose to move to cities in the South East
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While London the economy in London is beginning to boom, it means cities such as Bradford, Blackpool and Glasgow have seen jobs lost in private and public sectors. Here's how London compares to other cities:
- There were 216,000 private sector and 66,300 public sector jobs created in London between 2010 and 2012
- Other cities where jobs have been created in private companies include Nottingham (8,900), Brighton (6,400) and Aberdeen (4,900)
- However other cities have been hit by cuts in public sector jobs
The economic recovery is surging head in London, with almost 10 times more jobs being created in the capital than the next best area.
Research by the Centre for Cities think tank shows London now accounts for 80% of national private sector employment growth between 2010 and 2012.
The PR firm says it is looking for a candidate with the following qualities:
- You couldn't care less about global warming. In fact, if a meteorite the size of Mexico slammed into our planet tomorrow, you'd rejoice
- You'll have had a number of run-ins with the law and will have spent at least one night in a police cell
- A bit of swagger and a disturbed sense of humour are all we're looking for
- You'll be unafraid to express yourself openly in the office, however bankrupt and distressing your views
A PR firm in central London is looking for new recruits willing to work with "a fat bloke with a drink problem". The bizarre advert by company 'Just In Time', says successful applicants will be on anti-depressants, and not care about global warming, and have spent one night in a police cell.
The company says it has been struggling to fill current vacancies, but has now been swamped with applicants.
There's been another jump in youth unemployment in London as an entire generation struggles to find a job.
Today's figures show the number of 16 to 24-years-olds out of work in the capital is stubbornly high, and at the highest level since 1993. Luke Hanrahan has been to meet the young people who've discovered that having a qualification gives no guarantee of work.
London is the only region of the country to have seen employment rates climb back up to near their pre-recession level, according to a new report.
Think Tank The Resolution Foundation found that rates remain well below where they were in early 2008 for much of the UK despite improved economic confidence.
The number of young people in London not in education, employment or training (NEET) has been on the rise.
At the beginning of this year, there were 123,000 NEETs aged between 16 and 24 in the capital. That's compared with 121,000 in 2012 and 104,000 back in 2011.