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Study “is boost for North East jobseekers”. Maybe.

Two thirds of the region’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) intend to recruit new staff in 2014, a study shows.

Research by Yorkshire Bank also found North East businesses which plan to create new jobs expect to grow employee numbers by 11%.

It also found that 64% of North East SMEs intend to recruit new employees.

On average, the North East’s 135,000 SMEs expect to recruit more than 7% more staff. If this figure is applied to the North East’s total SME workforce of 429,000, almost 31,000 new jobs could be created.

Alan Young, regional director for Business and Private Banking with Yorkshire Bank in the North East of England, said: “SMEs are crucial to the UK economy and its emerging recovery and we will continue to support them in 2014.”

Source – Newcastle Journal,  31 Dec 2014

Wow ! Great news, eh ? Happy days are here again !

Or maybe not. The important passage from the above is :

On average, the North East’s 135,000 SMEs expect to recruit more than 7% more staff. If this figure is applied to the North East’s total SME workforce of 429,000, almost 31,000 new jobs could be created.

And the important  words are expect and could.  All this amounts to  is a guess at what could happen, if the universe and, more to the point, the neo-liberal capitalist system we live under, played by the “rules”.

Its just as likely that the system will throw these SMEs to the wolves, should they decide it suits their agendas.

And produced by a high street bank ? With their well-proven  predictive and economic  insights ? Do me a favour…

 

 

Just 10 MPs sign parliamentary motion opposing pay rise

The total signing as of today (19 Dec 2013) has risen to 18 – but very noticeably NO North East MPs have yet signed.

The lovely wibbly wobbly old lady

No surprise really.(interesting to note that there’s not a tory amongst them) Could be worth asking your MP how they voted and why. Go to the theyworkforyou.com website to find your MP.

motion opposing pay rise

Labour MP John Mann’s motion calling for the pay increase to be limited to 1%, in line with the rest of the public sector, attracts little support.

 

While few MPs are prepared to openly support the 11% pay rise proposed by IPSA, it seems that similarly few are prepared to outright oppose it. A week after Labour MP John Mann tabled an Early Day Motion calling for the increase to be limited to 1%, in line with the rest of the public sector, just 10 MPs, and not one Conservative, have put their names to it. The motion stated:

That this House notes the decision in the Spending Review announced to Parliament on…

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