2,000 jobs lost in Swindon in 2013... so far

Honda in Swindon

Honda in Swindon

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A JOBS task force has been set up to tackle the hundreds of jobs that have been lost in Swindon in the new year.

Honda announced on January 11 that it would be making 800 workers redundant, and another 300 contract workers will not be having their terms of employment extended.

The supply chain has also been affected, with 370 staff at SDC, Honda’s logistics firm, due to be made redundant.

The chill winds have hit other sectors, too, with media printers AGI Shorewood announcing this month that 80 jobs will go with closure of its facility on the Kembrey Park Industrial Estate.

More than a dozen jobs are threatened at HMV in the town centre after it went into administration. Posts are also at risk at Jessops and Blockbusters stores in the town after they both went under earlier this month, while Swindon Council is also shedding 120 jobs to make savings.

The combined total of jobs losses since the start of January could hit 2,000.

A task force has been set up which will offer a package of support to Honda associates as well as workers in the supply chain who are affected.

The effort is being led by Forward Swindon and Jobcentre Plus, and will co-ordinate a response from public sector agencies and other organisations, with skills accreditation such as re-training, CV writing and supporting people with people making benefits claims among the services offered.

Project manager Jill Annal, from Jobcentre Plus, is leading the task force and is looking to open up new opportunities for workers shown the door.

“The task force was set up in response to the announcement made by Honda a couple of weeks ago,” she said. “We are putting together packages to help those individuals who will be affected and make them better equipped to go out and compete for work in a very difficult time.

“We have pulled together a package of Jobseeker’s support and careers advice and, for those who want it, we will offer financial advice and information about family finances as well as talking therapies for people suffering from stress or anxiety.

“The fact many of the Honda workers will have been in their jobs for a long time doesn’t mean that the skills training the company has given them isn’t relevant in the outside world. We are putting a call out to companies in various sectors thinking about recruiting in the next three to four months to tell us about their plans and any vacancies that might be suitable.

“The task force includes a number of organisations making sure something positive happens and to provide the necessary resources, and, if necessary, we will talk to the Government and borough or county councils to make sure we have got enough funding available to us, given the numbers of potential redundancies we are talking about.”

Honda workers already have access to an intranet with advice, but the task force could set up training rooms with IT facilities for those affected, with plans due to finalised once more information emerges about which workers will be affected.

The task force includes South Swindon MP Robert Buckland and his counterpart in the north, Justin Tomlinson. Mr Buckland said: “I want to make sure that advice is on hand immediately to support people through what is going to be a traumatic time for them and their families.”

AT LEAST 3,860 OUT OF WORK

UNEMPLOYMENT fell in Swindon last month, according to the latest figures.

In December there were 3,860 people out of work and claiming benefits, compared to 4,095 the month before.

The amount is 2.8 per cent the working population of Swindon, according to the latest statistics compiled by the Office of National Statistics.

The figure is the lowest since December 2008. But the figures do not take into account the job losses at Honda and other factories and shops in the town.

The total number of vacancies in Swindon stood at 1,585 in November, the most recent month for which figures are available.

The tally was down by about 1,000 on the previous month.

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12:22pm Mon 28 Jan 13

RichardR1 says...

Perhaps it is time where possible for employers to actually train those with specific skill sets for their vacancies, because it seems that people don't have the skills to fit the jobs.

In so doing unemployment would be almost wiped out in Swindon.

Sadly that won't happen employers will take the 6 month assistance from HMG and people will be unemployed again.

I note the Government have launched their Green Loan scheme, problem of course is that these are not guaranteed to be revenue neutral, and you may not be able to sell your property, because the debt rolls over to the new owner, unless the seller can pay it off from profits on the sale.
Perhaps it is time where possible for employers to actually train those with specific skill sets for their vacancies, because it seems that people don't have the skills to fit the jobs. In so doing unemployment would be almost wiped out in Swindon. Sadly that won't happen employers will take the 6 month assistance from HMG and people will be unemployed again. I note the Government have launched their Green Loan scheme, problem of course is that these are not guaranteed to be revenue neutral, and you may not be able to sell your property, because the debt rolls over to the new owner, unless the seller can pay it off from profits on the sale. RichardR1
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1:16pm Mon 28 Jan 13

house on the hill says...

Sounds like a good idea in principal, but will it bring any real jobs, or is it so the public sector pen pushers can tick another box.

That said I do hope it does bring some real results, it has been a bad month for Swindon.
Sounds like a good idea in principal, but will it bring any real jobs, or is it so the public sector pen pushers can tick another box. That said I do hope it does bring some real results, it has been a bad month for Swindon. house on the hill
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1:30pm Mon 28 Jan 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

I suspect the number will get much worse as the seasonal jobs haven't been taken into account. Such as those at the Royal Mail sorting Depots, the supermarkets etc.
I suspect the number will get much worse as the seasonal jobs haven't been taken into account. Such as those at the Royal Mail sorting Depots, the supermarkets etc. LordAshOfTheBrake
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1:36pm Mon 28 Jan 13

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Mr Tomlinson is too busy helping bees population....to have noticed the latest employment figures (sic)
Mr Tomlinson is too busy helping bees population....to have noticed the latest employment figures (sic) A.Baron-Cohen
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3:26pm Mon 28 Jan 13

theowl says...

Hot off the press... Roosters Piri Piri 13/14 Fleet Street (opposite Wilkinsons) are recruiting all levels. Grill Chefs, FOH Staff, Delivery Drivers, Part-Time/Full-Time. Best way to apply is to pop into the restaurant.
Hot off the press... Roosters Piri Piri 13/14 Fleet Street (opposite Wilkinsons) are recruiting all levels. Grill Chefs, FOH Staff, Delivery Drivers, Part-Time/Full-Time. Best way to apply is to pop into the restaurant. theowl
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3:52pm Mon 28 Jan 13

The Real Librarian says...

theowl wrote:
Hot off the press... Roosters Piri Piri 13/14 Fleet Street (opposite Wilkinsons) are recruiting all levels. Grill Chefs, FOH Staff, Delivery Drivers, Part-Time/Full-Time. Best way to apply is to pop into the restaurant.
Well good for them, (you?) but cooking food only takes you so far.
We need real jobs that produce real wealth.
Real wealth only comes when you make something out of raw material and sell it to someone else.
This was the foundation of our national wealth and it is why we are all broke these days while China is literally unable to think of enough things to waste their money on.
[quote][p][bold]theowl[/bold] wrote: Hot off the press... Roosters Piri Piri 13/14 Fleet Street (opposite Wilkinsons) are recruiting all levels. Grill Chefs, FOH Staff, Delivery Drivers, Part-Time/Full-Time. Best way to apply is to pop into the restaurant.[/p][/quote]Well good for them, (you?) but cooking food only takes you so far. We need real jobs that produce real wealth. Real wealth only comes when you make something out of raw material and sell it to someone else. This was the foundation of our national wealth and it is why we are all broke these days while China is literally unable to think of enough things to waste their money on. The Real Librarian
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3:52pm Mon 28 Jan 13

The Real Librarian says...

theowl wrote:
Hot off the press... Roosters Piri Piri 13/14 Fleet Street (opposite Wilkinsons) are recruiting all levels. Grill Chefs, FOH Staff, Delivery Drivers, Part-Time/Full-Time. Best way to apply is to pop into the restaurant.
Well good for them, (you?) but cooking food only takes you so far.
We need real jobs that produce real wealth.
Real wealth only comes when you make something out of raw material and sell it to someone else.
This was the foundation of our national wealth and it is why we are all broke these days while China is literally unable to think of enough things to waste their money on.
[quote][p][bold]theowl[/bold] wrote: Hot off the press... Roosters Piri Piri 13/14 Fleet Street (opposite Wilkinsons) are recruiting all levels. Grill Chefs, FOH Staff, Delivery Drivers, Part-Time/Full-Time. Best way to apply is to pop into the restaurant.[/p][/quote]Well good for them, (you?) but cooking food only takes you so far. We need real jobs that produce real wealth. Real wealth only comes when you make something out of raw material and sell it to someone else. This was the foundation of our national wealth and it is why we are all broke these days while China is literally unable to think of enough things to waste their money on. The Real Librarian
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4:13pm Mon 28 Jan 13

StillPav says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
theowl wrote: Hot off the press... Roosters Piri Piri 13/14 Fleet Street (opposite Wilkinsons) are recruiting all levels. Grill Chefs, FOH Staff, Delivery Drivers, Part-Time/Full-Time. Best way to apply is to pop into the restaurant.
Well good for them, (you?) but cooking food only takes you so far. We need real jobs that produce real wealth. Real wealth only comes when you make something out of raw material and sell it to someone else. This was the foundation of our national wealth and it is why we are all broke these days while China is literally unable to think of enough things to waste their money on.
Does Apple manufacture the iPhone? No. They contract that out to someone in China (for a few dollars per phone) to do that for them.

What does Apple do? Research, design, development and marketing.

Is Apple the richest company in the world? Yes.

I think the idea that you have to physically make something to add value is very outdated.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theowl[/bold] wrote: Hot off the press... Roosters Piri Piri 13/14 Fleet Street (opposite Wilkinsons) are recruiting all levels. Grill Chefs, FOH Staff, Delivery Drivers, Part-Time/Full-Time. Best way to apply is to pop into the restaurant.[/p][/quote]Well good for them, (you?) but cooking food only takes you so far. We need real jobs that produce real wealth. Real wealth only comes when you make something out of raw material and sell it to someone else. This was the foundation of our national wealth and it is why we are all broke these days while China is literally unable to think of enough things to waste their money on.[/p][/quote]Does Apple manufacture the iPhone? No. They contract that out to someone in China (for a few dollars per phone) to do that for them. What does Apple do? Research, design, development and marketing. Is Apple the richest company in the world? Yes. I think the idea that you have to physically make something to add value is very outdated. StillPav
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6:08pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Empty Car Park says...

Appears Swindon is not "bucking the trend" after all
Appears Swindon is not "bucking the trend" after all Empty Car Park
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8:56pm Mon 28 Jan 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

@STillPav

Quote "Is Apple the richest company in the world? Yes."

Actually NO. They lost that title when they announced poorer sales than expected and their share price dropped 10%.


For individual companies; it may well be true about physically making something.

However for countries, manufacturing is where real wealth is generated and not from financial speculation or providing services.
@STillPav Quote "Is Apple the richest company in the world? Yes." Actually NO. They lost that title when they announced poorer sales than expected and their share price dropped 10%. For individual companies; it may well be true about physically making something. However for countries, manufacturing is where real wealth is generated and not from financial speculation or providing services. LordAshOfTheBrake
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12:43pm Tue 29 Jan 13

StillPav says...

Either way, Apple announced quarterly profits of $13bn - QUARTERLY!

I don't understand how you can say manufacturing is the only place where real wealth is generated. Are you saying that all developed economies are wrong, because they have all moved away from manufacturing in the last 20 years. Even Germany has less than 20% of its employment in manufacturing.

What Britain needs is a mix, highly-skilled, well paid manufacturing jobs are fine, but trying to compete with lost cost economies such as China and India for low skilled, low paid manufacturing jobs is a race to the bottom.
Either way, Apple announced quarterly profits of $13bn - QUARTERLY! I don't understand how you can say manufacturing is the only place where real wealth is generated. Are you saying that all developed economies are wrong, because they have all moved away from manufacturing in the last 20 years. Even Germany has less than 20% of its employment in manufacturing. What Britain needs is a mix, highly-skilled, well paid manufacturing jobs are fine, but trying to compete with lost cost economies such as China and India for low skilled, low paid manufacturing jobs is a race to the bottom. StillPav
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1:36pm Wed 30 Jan 13

benzss says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
@STillPav Quote "Is Apple the richest company in the world? Yes." Actually NO. They lost that title when they announced poorer sales than expected and their share price dropped 10%. For individual companies; it may well be true about physically making something. However for countries, manufacturing is where real wealth is generated and not from financial speculation or providing services.
Can you back that up? It would seem that if a country is able to manufacture at a rate which would make production advantageous relative to another country, that country would manufacture more stuff. We call this comparative advantage.

In any case, we do manufacture. We produce more with fewer costs (read: jobs).

http://www.cps.org.u
k/blog/q/date/2012/0
9/11/industrial-stra
tegy-no-thanks/
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: @STillPav Quote "Is Apple the richest company in the world? Yes." Actually NO. They lost that title when they announced poorer sales than expected and their share price dropped 10%. For individual companies; it may well be true about physically making something. However for countries, manufacturing is where real wealth is generated and not from financial speculation or providing services.[/p][/quote]Can you back that up? It would seem that if a country is able to manufacture at a rate which would make production advantageous relative to another country, that country would manufacture more stuff. We call this comparative advantage. In any case, we do manufacture. We produce more with fewer costs (read: jobs). http://www.cps.org.u k/blog/q/date/2012/0 9/11/industrial-stra tegy-no-thanks/ benzss
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