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Written Question
Vacancies
8 Sep 2021

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to help tackle labour shortages in food distribution.

Answered by Mims Davies

The Department is helping jobseekers move into roles within the haulage and logistics sectors with a driver training pilot to support people to become HGV drivers and we encourage industry to access their local Jobcentre Plus network to take advantage of the range of support on offer.

Provisions such as the Sector Based Work Academy Programme (SWAPs) gives jobseekers the skills and qualifications they need to take up driver roles.

We are partnering with DfT and industry to collaborate on content for JobHelp, our virtual platform to advise and guide people looking for work. This includes video case studies; myth-busting documents; promoting vacancies in the sector; and guides to working in logistics.


Written Question
Vacancies
27 Jul 2021

Questioner: Stephen Crabb (CON - Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help supply workforce for sectors experiencing labour shortages, including (a) HGV driving, (b) hospitality, (c) tourism, (d) construction and (d) agriculture, as reported by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Answered by Mims Davies

The Department is continuing to work with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Transport, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Devolved Authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as other Government Departments to fill vacancies in haulage, hospitality, construction, agriculture, tourism and other sectors experiencing labour shortages. We are working collaboratively to offer training for those who need it and secure jobs directly for those ready to move into roles.

We have worked with key Trade Associations and industry partners across high demand sectors to develop relationships that utilise DWP’s Jobcentre Plus network, fosters strong local links between employers and work coaches, and gives jobseekers the skills and knowledge they need to enter the sector.

We are working with industry to provide our Work Coaches with the key knowledge they need to identify suitable candidates and to develop relationships with key employers and stakeholders in their local areas. As a result, local Jobcentres are now directly connecting with employers in their area, to discuss their recruitment needs and to offer advice on the support available, including work trials, work experience and sector based work academies.

Two websites, JobHelp and Employer Help, were launched last year by DWP in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. JobHelp offers job search advice, showcases recruiting sectors and signposts to job vacancies to help people successfully find work. DWP continues to work with industry and sector bodies to collaborate on content that promotes working in recruiting sectors, including the haulage sector for JobHelp,

In hospitality, DWP is working closely with key employers and trade associations such as UK Hospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association to promote opportunities in the hospitality sector to DWP customers

DWP is also helping jobseekers become HGV drivers to alleviate current shortages. DWP continues to work with DfT on additional measures to support the haulage and logistics sector and to support jobseekers into sustainable, long-term employment. For example, DWP’s driver training pilot is underway, as part of the wider Road to Logistics scheme that supports people to become HGV drivers and we encourage industry to access their local Jobcentre Plus network to take advantage of the range of support on offer.

To support agricultural recruitment, DWP is supporting Defra to develop and deliver a long-term recruitment strategy that supports the domestic workforce into both seasonal and long-term roles in the agriculture sector.


Written Question
Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Vacancies
15 Jul 2021

Questioner: Kerry McCarthy (LAB - Bristol East)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of heavy goods vehicle drivers required to fill current UK vacancies in that sector.

Answered by Rachel Maclean

We concur with estimates from industry sources, including the industry think tank, ‘Driver Require’, and Logistics UK, which estimate there are 22,000 vacancies for heavy goods vehicle drivers. The underlying, longer-term shortage, which has been present for several years, has been estimated to be between 60,000 to 76,000.


Written Question
Employment: Training
17 Jun 2021

Questioner: John Redwood (CON - Wokingham)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to train more people to fill shortages in (a) HGV driving, (b) farming, (c) construction and (d) other areas with labour shortages.

Answered by Mims Davies

The Department is continuing to work with the Department for Education, Devolved Authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as other Government Departments to fill vacancies in construction, logistics, farming and other sectors, offering training for those who need it, and securing jobs directly for those ready to move into roles.

DWP’s Sector-Based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) helps employers to fill job vacancies in sectors with a high demand for workers. In the haulage sector we have been running SWAPs in partnership with employers and trade associations, including the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Eddie Stobart Logistics, to deliver tailored training to our customers so that they can obtain their HGV licence and the skills they need to enter the logistics sector as a HGV driver.

In agriculture we have worked with DEFRA and key Trade Associations, including the National Farmers Union, to develop a regional recruitment strategy that utilises DWP’s Jobcentre Plus network, fosters strong local links between employers and Work Coaches, and gives jobseekers the skills and knowledge they need to enter the sector.

In construction, DWP support the Construction Skills Delivery Group to improve and promote the existing range of training offers which include new occupational traineeships, T Levels, flexible apprenticeships, Skills Bootcamps, and free L3 qualifications for adults who do not already have A levels or equivalent.


Written Question
Logistics: Vacancies
29 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lyn Brown (LAB - West Ham)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of skills shortages in the logistics sector in the occupations of (a) transport management, (b) mechanics, (c) technicians, (d) LGV drivers, (e) storage management, (f) elementary storage occupations, (g) importers and exporters.

Answered by Rachel Maclean

The labour shortages in the sector are longstanding. There has been no recent systematic assessment by the department of the extent of the skills shortage. Assessments have been made by Logistics UK.

We are working with the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus to ensure that jobseekers can find employment or training in the industry as quickly as possible.

We are also working with the Department for Education in supporting the logistics sector make the most of the opportunities provided through the apprenticeship levy.


Written Question
Kickstart Scheme
1 Dec 2020

Questioner: Danny Kruger (CON - Devizes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish (a) a list of all organisations that have been awarded funding under the Kickstart scheme and (b) details of the number of placements each organisation has created since the start of that scheme.

Answered by Mims Davies

As of 20/11/2020, the DWP’s Kickstart scheme has received 4’783 total applications. So far, applications covering 23’934 vacancies have been approved. Once approved, employers and organisations are sent a grant agreement of terms and conditions for Kickstart funding.

Below is a list of organisations who have been approved for funding from the DWP’s Kickstart scheme and that have returned their grant funding agreements as of 23/11/2020.

Company Name

Number of Vacancies

Hales Group Limited

39

MOLINARE TV & FILM LIMITED

37

Park Homes (UK) Ltd

30

Black Sheep Utilities Ltd

30

iSmash UK Trading Ltd

56

Airfi Networks Services Limited

30

Blueline Learning Ltd

30

Intelligent Transformation Limited

30

Lionheart Security Services LTD

30

Modo Creations Limited

30

RGE Engineering Ltd.

32

Purpol Marketing Ltd

50

Specialist Care Team Ltd

33

The Boxing House Ltd.

30

MYBE Awards

30

Aspen Health

30

Boundary Mill Stores Limited

71

Compass Group PLC

50

Cordant Recruitment

65

David Lloyd Leisure

130

DealBerry Limited

40

Enginsoft

40

Event Support Team ltd

100

EXPD8 LIMITED

305

Macc Care

90

O'Neill and Brennan Construction Ltd

500

Rising Stars Property Solutions

100

Robinson Manufacturing Limited

35

Tenstar Personnel Limited

150

The HALO Kilmarnock Ltd

200

TRG LOGISTICS LTD

75

Yorkshire College of Beauty Ltd

32

AA Zentivus Ltd

30

AIR RESOURCES LIMITED

30

Angel Guard Limited

30

Bauer Radio Limited

30

Crouch Logistics Ltd

30

F M CONWAY LIMITED

30

Link Academy Trust

30

Hollowood Chemists Limited

30

MARCUS EVANS LIMITED

30

MPS Care Ltd

30

Nightingale Group Limited

100

Reed Specialist Recruitment Ltd

50

The Claxson Group Limited

30

Hometrust Care Ltd

30

Maritime Academy Trust

30

The Trade Centre Group PLC

30

Whistl UK Ltd.

30

Yorkshire Repak Limited

30

CAPITA PLC

60

LADbible Group

30

Q Care Ltd

40

University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust

40

Berneslai Homes Ltd

30

Corona corporate Solutions Ltd

30

NDH CARE LTD

34

Peninsula Care Homes ltd

30

Reynold 123 Limited

34

Search Consultancy Limited

30

The Calico Group

30

Williams & Co

40

Bolloré Logistics UK Ltd

30

Internet Fusion Ltd

45

Learning Curve Group Limited

30

Pilgrim's Pride UK Ltd

60

The Northam Care Trust

30

Heritage Taverns Ltd

30

Oliver Marketing Limited

30

Wincanton Holdings Ltd

120

Places For People Group Limited

41

The Gym Limited

30

Portakabin Limited

30

Unity Schools Partnership

65

Astute Ltd

31

Made To Order Limited

30

E-ACT

66

M&D Green Dispensing Chemist Limited

30

Aspire Defence Services Ltd

69

Suffolk's Libraries IPS Limited

30

Treloar Trust

30

Ronnies Limited

35

Vantec Europe Ltd

30

Tops Day Nursery Limited

37

Coppergreen Developments Ltd

41

Coffee1 Ltd

30

Moorhouse Group

30

Action Centres UK Ltd

30

SPECTRUM HEALTHCARE DOMICILIARY CARE LIMITED

30

Optima Care

30

Clipper Logistics PLC

105

Pre-school Learning Alliance

50

Peter Vardy Ltd

58

Rosebourne Limited

30

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

30

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust

44

The Royal Mint

32

Osbourne Co-operative Academy Trust

30

Coate WATER Cre Company Ltd

80

J Murphy & Sons Ltd

52

Persona Care and Support Limited

30

Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust

30

London North Eastern Railway Limited

38

Harris Federation

60

Aggregate Industries

39

Impact Education Multi Academy Trust

35

The Growth Company

31

Go Train Ltd

30

Furniture Resource Centre Limited

30

Key Care & Support

30

Saint John of God Hospitaller Services

30

MLL Telecom Limited

36

Brunelcare

42

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

30

The Football League (Community) Ltd T/A EFL Trust

475

Muslim Council of Britain Charitable Foundation

90

HIT Training Ltd

48

One for the people limited

30

Casual Speakers Ltd

38


Written Question
Migrant Workers: Northern Ireland
5 Mar 2020

Questioner: Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick (LAB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed points-based immigration system on the operation of (1) warehouses, (2) logistics, (3) food processing, and (4) retail businesses, in Northern Ireland; and what measures they are planning to take to ensure that vacancies in those industries are filled by domestic workers.

Answered by Viscount Younger of Leckie

Under the new immigration system the UK will attract and keep the best talent from around the world, welcoming people to Northern Ireland and the whole UK based on how they can help grow the economy.

We have engaged with all sectors of the Northern Ireland economy and will continue to do so. A programme of engagement will begin in March 2020 to raise awareness of the new system. Labour market data will be kept under very careful scrutiny to monitor any pressures in key sectors.

We recognise that businesses will need to adjust, investing in the skills of resident workers, in staff retention and in technology and automation where relevant. Initiatives have already been introduced for the agricultural sector, which will provide businesses with additional flexibility in the shorter term.


Written Question
High Speed Two: Vacancies
7 Nov 2017

Questioner: Cheryl Gillan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many job vacancies there were at HS2 Ltd on 1 November 2017; and what the titles of those jobs were.

Answered by Paul Maynard

As at the 1/11/2017 HS2 Ltd has 171 permanent and fixed term vacancies, the job titles are as follows:

Lead Acquisition Manager North

Cost Manager

Project Manager - S1

Operations Manager - Acquisitions

Project Manager N1

Commercial Manager

BIM Information Systems Analyst

Operations and Planning Interface Specialist

CDM Integrator

Senior Interface Manager C1

Land Assembly Assistant Central

Land Assembly Assistant

Senior Property Acquisition Manager Central

Engagement Manager (Technical)

Utilities Manager

Assistant Property Acquisition Manager - Central

Senior Property Acquisition Manager Phase 2

Land Assembly Assistant Central

Head of Petition Management & Technical Teams

Commercial Manager (Central)

Senior Property Acquisition Manager North

Property Assistant Phase 2

Senior Property Acquisition Manager Phase 2

Senior Property Acquisition Manager South FTC

Senior Sponsor Area Central

Director of Systems Integration

Senior Town Planning Manager - Area Central

Senior Interface Manager C2

Risk Manager - (L1/L2)

Landscape Design Specialist

Assistant Project Manager (N4)

Senior Reporting Analyst (North)

Risk Manager - Area South

Senior Risk Manager - Route Wide

Senior Commercial Manager - Route Wide Track and Overhead

Logistics Manager - Construction Logistics, Area Central

Environment Advisor C1

Senior Interface Manager N1

Senior Interface Manager N2

Project Manager N4

Acoustics Specialist

Undertakings and Assurances Manager

Third Party Agreements Manager (South)

Third Party Agreements Manager Central

IT Security Operations Manager

Petition Manager - Individuals and Communities

Engineering Manager, Technical Team, Petition Management

HR Business Partner

Senior Property Management Surveyor

Senior Community Engagement Manager - Route-wide

Community Engagement Manager - Area Central

Community Engagement Manager - Route Wide - Land and Property

Community Engagement Manager - Phase 2a

Stakeholder Manager - Phase 2A

Community Engagement Manager - Phase 2a

Community Engagement Manager - Route Wide - Land and Property

Community Engagement Executive - Route-wide

Senior Community Engagement Manager - Route Wide (Land & Property)

Community Engagement Manager (Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire)

Engagement Advisor- Leeds Phase2

Assistant Procurement Manager

Assistant Procurement Manager

Programme Assurance Manager

Risk Manager - Phase 2A Perm

Risk Manager - Area North

Senior Risk Manager - Phase 1

Senior Risk Manager- North

Risk Manager - Central (Perm)

Risk Manager

Senior Risk Manager- Central

Head of Project Risk - Railway Ops Perm

Business Manager Technical Directorate

Interface Manager S2 (1205)

Senior Risk Manager (L&P & OSD) - perm

Procurement Systems Officer

Senior Solutions Architect

Compliance Manager

Senior Programme Assurance Manager

Project Manager - C1

Business Planning Manager

Project Manager - Phase 2B

Reporting Analyst

Risk Systems and Reporting Manager (ERM)

Senior Property Acquisition Manager Central 1

TD PA - Director of Technical Directorate

Business Analyst

Team Co-ordinator - Area South

Contract Support Service Manager

Assistant Contract Manager

Town Planning Lead - Phase 1

Contract Analyst

Property Acquisition Manager Central

Senior Project Engineer - Building Services, Euston Station

Lead Senior Project Engineer - Euston Station

Lead Railway Telecoms Engineer

Property Assistant South

Property Assistant Phase 2

Assistant Property Acquisition Manager Central

Property Acquisition Manager North FTC

Property Acquisition Manager - Central

Senior Project Engineer - On Network Works

Project Manager L2

Head of Environment Route Wide

Lead Architect S3

Lead Architect S4

Lead Senior Project Engineer - N4

Head of Acoustics and Vibration

Phase 2 Finance Business partner

Lead Senior Project Engineer - C2

Town Planning Manager

Senior Communications Manager, Area South

Project Manager - S4

Construction Procurement Director

Head of Capability Analysis

Lead network Development Manager

GIS Spatial Data Coordinator

Engineer

Environmental Assistant

Project Engineer

Senior Events Manager

Senior Risk Manager 2A - Perm

FOI Adviser

Project Manager - Water Interface and Contracts

Risk Manager P1 North

Risk Manager P1 North

Risk Manager P1 Central

Risk Manager P1 Route wide

Head of Power and M&E Engineering

Editor

Senior Reporting Analyst

Reporting Analyst (Engineering & Technical)

Senior Reporting Analyst (South)

Head of Change, Phase One

Document Control Manager

Project Manager

Project Manager

Project Manager

Senior Project Manager

Interface Manager - Undertakings and Assurances

Senior Interface Manager

Senior Interface Manager N3

Senior Interface Manager N4

Head of Project Engineering - Route Wide

Head of Phase One Requirements

Business Analyst

Commercial Administrator

Head of Overhead Catenary Systems

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Administrator

Commercial Manager

Senior Sponsor

Senior Sponsor

Sponsor

Principal Designer Implementation Engineer

Governance Assistant

Senior Interface Manager - (Old Oak Common)

Project Controls Manager

Cost Manager (North)

Senior Commercial Manager

Senior Commercial Manager

Senior Commercial Manager

H&S Advisor

Lead Document Controller - Area Central

Personal Assistant

Commercial Manager - South (S2)

Commercial Manager - South

Reward Adviser

Head of Insurance