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Jobs boost for automotive and engineering sectors

A boost in engineering jobs and talent in the automotive industry has led to an increase in job vacancies, a new report has found.

The automotive and engineering sectors are thriving, according to a new report Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

Martin Warnes, managing director at, said: "A good news story arising from the figures is the buoyancy of the automotive and engineering sectors.

"Recent developments in the car industry, particularly in the West Midlands and also in the North West, have provided a major boost to job prospects within both fields, which continue to play such a major role in the overall health of the jobs market and wider UK economy."

UK jobs market 'is on the up'

Following two months of encouraging figures, we can say with some confidence that the UK jobs market is in a significantly healthier position than it was this time last year.

"Though month on month growth fell back slightly, largely due to the extended bank holiday period, broadly speaking, job opportunities are growing healthily across many sectors.

"The rise in part-time opportunities is also noteworthy, reflecting a growing flexibility and open-minded approach on the part of employers to look for ways to retain roles and sustain business development in a challenging economy."

– Martin Warnes, managing director at


Job vacancies 'are on the rise'

New job vacancies increased by over 7% last month compared with a year ago, according to a new report.

New job vacancies increased by over 7\% last month compared with a year ago, according to a new report. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Employment firm Reed said most sectorswere posting more jobs than a year ago, especially motoring, health andmedicine, social care and engineering.

Part-time working is on the increase,with new opportunities doubling over the past year, said Reed.

Unemployed to receive food industry training boost

The training offered to unemployed young people is designed to help them find permanent work in a variety of careers. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of unemployed young people are to be given free skills training from giants of the food industry.

Farms, factories and shops are throwing open their doors for the scheme, Feeding Britain's Future.

The grocery industry provides 3.5 million jobs in the UK, one in every seven. The training on offer is intended to not only give first-hand experience of the industry but to help in a variety of careers.

Firms such as Marks and Spencer, Asda, Mars, Tesco and Unilever are taking part.