Jobs fair set to be biggest ever for York

York Press: Alan Millard, chief operating officer of Hiscox, and Cllr James Alexander promote the fair Alan Millard, chief operating officer of Hiscox, and Cllr James Alexander promote the fair

YORK is to stage one of its biggest jobs fairs ever in a bid to help the city's unemployed into work.

A total of 50 employers will be be on hand at the event, which is being staged by City of York Council in partnership with York's job centre.

The event is the first of two job fairs planned for 2014 and will feature organisations looking to recruit or fill vacancies immediately, as well as those with future recruitment campaigns in mind.

One of the employers set to be in attendance is specialist insurer Hiscox, which is relocating to York, brining with it a total of 500 jobs.

Alan Millard, chief operating officer of Hiscox, added: “We’ve already recruited more than 50 local people and have been really impressed by their eagerness to learn and ability to deliver first class service.

"When recruiting, we look for those that possess a genuine passion for customer service, and have an affiliation to the Hiscox values which include honesty, courage and integrity.

"There will be more job opportunities locally as we grow – find out more by visiting us at the jobs fair.”

York Learning, the council’s adult education and employability team will also be on hand at the event to offer job seekers information and advice on where to look for work.

Opportunities will also be available for people to brush up their CV and interview skills, as well as retraining and improving skill levels and qualifications.

Councillor James Alexander, City of York Council’s Leader with portfolio for economic development, said: “We’re committed to working with key partners to maximise job opportunities for those looking for work in York, and are delighted Hiscox will be among the employers at the fair.

"Being one of the UK’s highest-performing cities in terms of the proportion of skilled workers, we’re keen that our workforce finds the opportunities it’s seeking.

"In addition, for those new to the job market or who are needing extra support, we’re offering assistance with CV writing, job search, interview preparation. Feedback shows that along with those important work preparation skills, learners move on from these courses with an increased sense of self confidence, which adds to the likelihood of a successful job application.”

The Job Fair will take place at York Railway Institute in Queen Street on May 20, from 10am to 3pm.

Any additional employers wanting to book a place at the event can contact Lee Davey on (01904) 555844 or email on lee.davey@york.gov.uk

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10:52am Wed 14 May 14

Kevin Turvey says...

Was Alexander looking for one whilst he was there?

He will need one in April if not sooner!
Was Alexander looking for one whilst he was there? He will need one in April if not sooner! Kevin Turvey
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11:53am Wed 14 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

Interesting to hear the 'values' of Hiscox.

I wonder if James Alexander is aware that Hiscox latest accounts for 2013 show that the company made pre-tax profits of £244m yet only paid £7m tax.

Compare this with housebuilders Berkeley Group who made a profit of £270m and paid £61m tax. In addition, over the past five years, Berkeley have had to agree to build 7,000 affordable homes and pay £245m in S106 payments, both of which are forms of taxation.

Berkekley are one of the UK's top five housebuilders and are the exception rather than the rule in terms of profitability.

In 2012 the top twenty housebuilders made a combined pre-tax profit of £576million on a combined turnover of £11billion, which works out at just over 5%.

At a time when this country needs more housing, the system of over-taxing housebuilders, which has led to mainly low levels of profit and high risks in the industry, shows why the sector is not growing sufficiently.

York has a construction skills shortage and a shortage of new housing, but, instead of attracting new housebuilding companies, the council are giving a cheap land deal to Hiscox, a company that do not pay their fair share of tax, and are not subject to the punitive, discriminatory affordable housing requirements, and S106 blackmail payments!

What a disgrace!
Interesting to hear the 'values' of Hiscox. I wonder if James Alexander is aware that Hiscox latest accounts for 2013 show that the company made pre-tax profits of £244m yet only paid £7m tax. Compare this with housebuilders Berkeley Group who made a profit of £270m and paid £61m tax. In addition, over the past five years, Berkeley have had to agree to build 7,000 affordable homes and pay £245m in S106 payments, both of which are forms of taxation. Berkekley are one of the UK's top five housebuilders and are the exception rather than the rule in terms of profitability. In 2012 the top twenty housebuilders made a combined pre-tax profit of £576million on a combined turnover of £11billion, which works out at just over 5%. At a time when this country needs more housing, the system of over-taxing housebuilders, which has led to mainly low levels of profit and high risks in the industry, shows why the sector is not growing sufficiently. York has a construction skills shortage and a shortage of new housing, but, instead of attracting new housebuilding companies, the council are giving a cheap land deal to Hiscox, a company that do not pay their fair share of tax, and are not subject to the punitive, discriminatory affordable housing requirements, and S106 blackmail payments! What a disgrace! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -22

12:15pm Wed 14 May 14

Digeorge says...

At least the Press has informed us prior to a Jobs Fair event going ahead this year.

500 jobs in York are widely welcomed but I wonder how many are being recruited to locals.

However, at least the Press could have checked their 'spelling' on 'bringing' and the use of quotation marks.
At least the Press has informed us prior to a Jobs Fair event going ahead this year. 500 jobs in York are widely welcomed but I wonder how many are being recruited to locals. However, at least the Press could have checked their 'spelling' on 'bringing' and the use of quotation marks. Digeorge
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4:01am Thu 15 May 14

Magicman! says...

Kevin Turvey wrote:
Was Alexander looking for one whilst he was there?

He will need one in April if not sooner!
I thought York's local elections were a year later than everybody else's....
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Turvey[/bold] wrote: Was Alexander looking for one whilst he was there? He will need one in April if not sooner![/p][/quote]I thought York's local elections were a year later than everybody else's.... Magicman!
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4:04am Thu 15 May 14

Magicman! says...

Digeorge wrote:
At least the Press has informed us prior to a Jobs Fair event going ahead this year.

500 jobs in York are widely welcomed but I wonder how many are being recruited to locals.

However, at least the Press could have checked their 'spelling' on 'bringing' and the use of quotation marks.
I'm betting there will be at least 2 stands there (1 stand = 1 'employer') which are colleges, at least 1 will be 'work abroad' (doesn't really fix the problem though does it really, if the problem is needing to live in York but no work), and there will be at least 3 from care homes, then York council's stand offering no proper contracts will be there (just casual hours, as and when, no guarantee of work... not suitable for getting the jobcentre off your back)
[quote][p][bold]Digeorge[/bold] wrote: At least the Press has informed us prior to a Jobs Fair event going ahead this year. 500 jobs in York are widely welcomed but I wonder how many are being recruited to locals. However, at least the Press could have checked their 'spelling' on 'bringing' and the use of quotation marks.[/p][/quote]I'm betting there will be at least 2 stands there (1 stand = 1 'employer') which are colleges, at least 1 will be 'work abroad' (doesn't really fix the problem though does it really, if the problem is needing to live in York but no work), and there will be at least 3 from care homes, then York council's stand offering no proper contracts will be there (just casual hours, as and when, no guarantee of work... not suitable for getting the jobcentre off your back) Magicman!
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7:51am Thu 15 May 14

Digeorge says...

Magicman! I'd agree, given that I am off next week, I might take a bundle of my CVs down there and see what they think - overqualified and over experienced. Least, they let us know this time rather than after the event. Hiscox might be an option provided these companies look at 'my abilities' rather than 'my disabilities'.
Magicman! I'd agree, given that I am off next week, I might take a bundle of my CVs down there and see what they think - overqualified and over experienced. Least, they let us know this time rather than after the event. Hiscox might be an option provided these companies look at 'my abilities' rather than 'my disabilities'. Digeorge
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