A new Tesco Express in Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, attracted almost 1,000 job applications for 23 jobs

Job market concern as 1,000 apply for supermarket roles

Job market concern as 1,000 apply for supermarket roles

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Concerns have been raised about the job market in Waltham Forest after nearly 1,000 people applied for jobs at a new Tesco.

A total of 43 people on average applied for each of the 23 jobs advertised at the Express store in Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, which is set to open on February 18.

Tesco say 15 of the 23 vacancies went to people living in the borough, but opposition councillors claim the council should do more to help generate jobs.

Liberal Democrat leader Bob Sullivan said business rates charged to small businesses should be cut to enable expansion.

“It’s a pity of a situation that all these people have to apply,” the Leyton ward councillor said.
“The Waltham Forest Growth Commission report is coming back very soon and I’m hoping they come up with some practical and innovative ways to increase employment in the area.

“The economic situation for Waltham Forest is one of the lowest in London so drastic measures have to be taken.”

Tesco Express manager, Ramakrishnan Rajendran, said: “I was thrilled by the response we receive to our recruitment drive.

“In this time of economic uncertainty it is great that we are able to create jobs for our local community and help get some people back into work.”

Hafeez Majid, Waltham Forest Business Chamber chairman, said: “This is an indication of the current economic situation being faced by our borough.

“Waltham Forest Business Chamber feels that not enough support is been given to small businesses in order to help them grow and be in a position for them to employ people from our borough.”

According to the council, 66.4 per cent of the 102,800 working-age people in the borough were in work between July 2011 and June 2012.

Cllr Mark Rusling, cabinet member for economic development and corporate resources, defended the Labour leadership's record.

He said: “Since we established the Council's dedicated Business, Employment and Skills team in March 2013, the total number of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants in our borough has dropped by 25 per cent and youth unemployment has fallen by 29 per cent. This is great news for all those residents who are getting into work. Our residents are getting jobs quicker than residents in the majority of other boroughs - proof that our approach works.


“Our Business, Employment and Skills Team, in partnership with key organisations like Jobcentre Plus and local employment support and training providers, have helped to reduce unemployment levels and maximise local employment opportunities for residents, for example on new building developments. They have also set up a Youth Employment Hub, the first of its kind in the country, which is helping local youngsters into employment and training.”

 

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12:58pm Tue 4 Feb 14

TerryMack says...

I am all for local employment, and an end to the blight of the high street with Bookies and Takeaways, but another Tesco....really!!!
I am all for local employment, and an end to the blight of the high street with Bookies and Takeaways, but another Tesco....really!!! TerryMack
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

TerryMack wrote:
I am all for local employment, and an end to the blight of the high street with Bookies and Takeaways, but another Tesco....really!!!
We at least Tesco are creating 23 jobs? British company as well? Why knock? What alternative strategy do you suggest?
[quote][p][bold]TerryMack[/bold] wrote: I am all for local employment, and an end to the blight of the high street with Bookies and Takeaways, but another Tesco....really!!![/p][/quote]We at least Tesco are creating 23 jobs? British company as well? Why knock? What alternative strategy do you suggest? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

1:50pm Tue 4 Feb 14

RichieA70 says...

I hope the findings of the Waltham Forest Growth Commission will tell the council to stop allowing developers to turn employment sites into housing. There's nothing wrong with 'new' retail jobs but there's a limit on local shopping and spending power and some of these jobs are effectively robbing business and employment viability at other shops. We need to keep hold and grow the diverse jobs Waltham Forest once had in abundance. No wonder the area has the deprivation it has.
I hope the findings of the Waltham Forest Growth Commission will tell the council to stop allowing developers to turn employment sites into housing. There's nothing wrong with 'new' retail jobs but there's a limit on local shopping and spending power and some of these jobs are effectively robbing business and employment viability at other shops. We need to keep hold and grow the diverse jobs Waltham Forest once had in abundance. No wonder the area has the deprivation it has. RichieA70
  • Score: 13

2:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

With unlimited uncontrolled mass immigration is it any wonder there so few jobs and so many unemployed.

Still it will be ever thus whilsy we remain in the EU.
With unlimited uncontrolled mass immigration is it any wonder there so few jobs and so many unemployed. Still it will be ever thus whilsy we remain in the EU. MICHAEL MCGOUGH
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Tue 4 Feb 14

mdj says...

'Since we established the Council's dedicated Business, Employment and Skills team in March 2013...'

...having been in power since 1987.

Tell us how many work spaces have been turned into housing over that period, importing job seekers while exporting jobs.
Tell us how many Council jobs have been lost due to outsourcing, with no savings made.

Tell us about Worknet, Councillor.
And the E11BID.
And O-Regen.
And the Leyton Olympia Market, which you promoted heavily until it turned out be a sleazy can of worms, whereupon you had never had anything to do with it.
'Since we established the Council's dedicated Business, Employment and Skills team in March 2013...' ...having been in power since 1987. Tell us how many work spaces have been turned into housing over that period, importing job seekers while exporting jobs. Tell us how many Council jobs have been lost due to outsourcing, with no savings made. Tell us about Worknet, Councillor. And the E11BID. And O-Regen. And the Leyton Olympia Market, which you promoted heavily until it turned out be a sleazy can of worms, whereupon you had never had anything to do with it. mdj
  • Score: 12

3:20pm Tue 4 Feb 14

fabster says...

Well said MDJ and Richie.

When recently challenged about the erosion of employment and industry within the borough to make way for thousands of flats being built in their place, Chris Robbins, our dear Leader, responded rather defensively by deflecting the question put to him. Choosing instead to highlight the £2 million spent at refurbishing Leyton Jubilee Park's playground and £10 million replacing shop fronts, £24 million being spent on leisure centres and £5,000 for street parties in each ward…

Quite where the relevance of what the Council is spending on playgrounds and street parties escapes me in relation to the original question relating to housing & employment balance in the borough.
Well said MDJ and Richie. When recently challenged about the erosion of employment and industry within the borough to make way for thousands of flats being built in their place, Chris Robbins, our dear Leader, responded rather defensively by deflecting the question put to him. Choosing instead to highlight the £2 million spent at refurbishing Leyton Jubilee Park's playground and £10 million replacing shop fronts, £24 million being spent on leisure centres and £5,000 for street parties in each ward… Quite where the relevance of what the Council is spending on playgrounds and street parties escapes me in relation to the original question relating to housing & employment balance in the borough. fabster
  • Score: 10

3:57pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Thunderbird4 says...

In 2009, when I was sanctioned by IDS's minions, I was told I could have applied for a job, filling shelves, in a supermarket in west London - a nice commute. I contacted the personnel officer of the supermarket, who told me there had been over 100 applicants for the job and they would be recruiting locally.

43 applicants per job, things must be getting better.

With so many to choose from, wages will be rock bottom and working conditions minimal.
In 2009, when I was sanctioned by IDS's minions, I was told I could have applied for a job, filling shelves, in a supermarket in west London - a nice commute. I contacted the personnel officer of the supermarket, who told me there had been over 100 applicants for the job and they would be recruiting locally. 43 applicants per job, things must be getting better. With so many to choose from, wages will be rock bottom and working conditions minimal. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 5

4:07pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Thunderbird4 wrote:
In 2009, when I was sanctioned by IDS's minions, I was told I could have applied for a job, filling shelves, in a supermarket in west London - a nice commute. I contacted the personnel officer of the supermarket, who told me there had been over 100 applicants for the job and they would be recruiting locally.

43 applicants per job, things must be getting better.

With so many to choose from, wages will be rock bottom and working conditions minimal.
Wages will be minimum wage at least by the Laws?
[quote][p][bold]Thunderbird4[/bold] wrote: In 2009, when I was sanctioned by IDS's minions, I was told I could have applied for a job, filling shelves, in a supermarket in west London - a nice commute. I contacted the personnel officer of the supermarket, who told me there had been over 100 applicants for the job and they would be recruiting locally. 43 applicants per job, things must be getting better. With so many to choose from, wages will be rock bottom and working conditions minimal.[/p][/quote]Wages will be minimum wage at least by the Laws? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -19

5:25pm Tue 4 Feb 14

OngarRS says...

MICHAEL MCGOUGH wrote:
With unlimited uncontrolled mass immigration is it any wonder there so few jobs and so many unemployed.

Still it will be ever thus whilsy we remain in the EU.
Don't worry - Mr Gove will make sure that everyone attends a school as good as a private school (really?). So, we can look forward to even more Borises, Gideons and Daves, also fit for nothing but folding towels and f*cking up the country.
[quote][p][bold]MICHAEL MCGOUGH[/bold] wrote: With unlimited uncontrolled mass immigration is it any wonder there so few jobs and so many unemployed. Still it will be ever thus whilsy we remain in the EU.[/p][/quote]Don't worry - Mr Gove will make sure that everyone attends a school as good as a private school (really?). So, we can look forward to even more Borises, Gideons and Daves, also fit for nothing but folding towels and f*cking up the country. OngarRS
  • Score: 2

5:27pm Tue 4 Feb 14

andychurchill says...

A drop in claimants doesn't just mean more people in work, it can also be attributed to complicating the claiming process or changing rules to an extent that less people are able to apply, or find the process so convoluted and confusing that they have stopped trying to claim. Some will be young enough to still be living at home, where their parents may subsidise them. Others may have a partner to support them, making them more stressed in the process, which potentially has relationship/family unit implications of its own. Some of those former claimants are probably now on zero hour contracts, where their irregular earnings are causing havoc to budgeting - JSA should help there, but as previously noted, the process for claiming is challenging, particularly where zero hour contracts are concerned, leaving some to stop claiming at all and try to make ends meet by juggling energy and food costs.

Others will simply end up on the streets.

Welcome to Britain 2014.
A drop in claimants doesn't just mean more people in work, it can also be attributed to complicating the claiming process or changing rules to an extent that less people are able to apply, or find the process so convoluted and confusing that they have stopped trying to claim. Some will be young enough to still be living at home, where their parents may subsidise them. Others may have a partner to support them, making them more stressed in the process, which potentially has relationship/family unit implications of its own. Some of those former claimants are probably now on zero hour contracts, where their irregular earnings are causing havoc to budgeting - JSA should help there, but as previously noted, the process for claiming is challenging, particularly where zero hour contracts are concerned, leaving some to stop claiming at all and try to make ends meet by juggling energy and food costs. Others will simply end up on the streets. Welcome to Britain 2014. andychurchill
  • Score: 8

5:59pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

OngarRS wrote:
MICHAEL MCGOUGH wrote:
With unlimited uncontrolled mass immigration is it any wonder there so few jobs and so many unemployed.

Still it will be ever thus whilsy we remain in the EU.
Don't worry - Mr Gove will make sure that everyone attends a school as good as a private school (really?). So, we can look forward to even more Borises, Gideons and Daves, also fit for nothing but folding towels and f*cking up the country.
Government, according to the National Press is now being urged to March on with his reforms by none other the chief of New Labour, 'Education, education, education, Tony Bliar, who having done zero for the system whilst planning wars, and having put his children through the best schools and universities, secured them great jobs (one is a football agent, haha) and set them up in a million pound 'starter home' each, now from the side line realises that Gove is the man for the job rather than those whinging away under Milliband.

As for the workforce of graduates who were churned out under Labour with practically useless degrees, they have qualifications generally not suited to the work market. Not much call for Graduates in Film, Media, Physchology, PE and Drama as there are millions wanting to be famous and existing actors struggling for work already, unless of course your mum or dad has already made it.

Sadly, people continue to knock British Companies like John Lewis and Tesco when they ignore the exploitation occurring in the black market, continental grocer shops, people trafficking, restaurants and take-always where products are sold so cheaply because their overheads in the form of wages do not meet Minimum wage standards.

We need an Educatiion Policy that creates a skilled workforce, teaching kids skills such as roofing plumbing, carpentry and other building industry so we do not have to rely on overseas skill in this market. We need to educate our young to accept that working in restaurants and coffee shops could be a stepping stone with 'experience' like the East Europeans do, as they are leaving our young behind. Young people need to lower their sights and focus on earning at least some money as a stepping stone. They are not to blame as they have all been socially engineered to go to higher education with non-existent prospects at the end of the tunnel.
[quote][p][bold]OngarRS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MICHAEL MCGOUGH[/bold] wrote: With unlimited uncontrolled mass immigration is it any wonder there so few jobs and so many unemployed. Still it will be ever thus whilsy we remain in the EU.[/p][/quote]Don't worry - Mr Gove will make sure that everyone attends a school as good as a private school (really?). So, we can look forward to even more Borises, Gideons and Daves, also fit for nothing but folding towels and f*cking up the country.[/p][/quote]Government, according to the National Press is now being urged to March on with his reforms by none other the chief of New Labour, 'Education, education, education, Tony Bliar, who having done zero for the system whilst planning wars, and having put his children through the best schools and universities, secured them great jobs (one is a football agent, haha) and set them up in a million pound 'starter home' each, now from the side line realises that Gove is the man for the job rather than those whinging away under Milliband. As for the workforce of graduates who were churned out under Labour with practically useless degrees, they have qualifications generally not suited to the work market. Not much call for Graduates in Film, Media, Physchology, PE and Drama as there are millions wanting to be famous and existing actors struggling for work already, unless of course your mum or dad has already made it. Sadly, people continue to knock British Companies like John Lewis and Tesco when they ignore the exploitation occurring in the black market, continental grocer shops, people trafficking, restaurants and take-always where products are sold so cheaply because their overheads in the form of wages do not meet Minimum wage standards. We need an Educatiion Policy that creates a skilled workforce, teaching kids skills such as roofing plumbing, carpentry and other building industry so we do not have to rely on overseas skill in this market. We need to educate our young to accept that working in restaurants and coffee shops could be a stepping stone with 'experience' like the East Europeans do, as they are leaving our young behind. Young people need to lower their sights and focus on earning at least some money as a stepping stone. They are not to blame as they have all been socially engineered to go to higher education with non-existent prospects at the end of the tunnel. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

7:17pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Thunderbird4 says...

The way of life in this country, will continue ad infinitum, because it is based on a system where everyone is equal, even the people on a million a year.
Everyone has a fair chance, the media tells them, that by working hard you can succeed and get a good job. If this were true there would be no unemployment.
If government does its job correctly, in providing jobs, those people who work in the job centres become unemployed themselves. As this has never happened it suggests the government either doesn't know what it's doing or they want to continue the status quo, and no amount of tinkering with minimum wages will alter that.
The way of life in this country, will continue ad infinitum, because it is based on a system where everyone is equal, even the people on a million a year. Everyone has a fair chance, the media tells them, that by working hard you can succeed and get a good job. If this were true there would be no unemployment. If government does its job correctly, in providing jobs, those people who work in the job centres become unemployed themselves. As this has never happened it suggests the government either doesn't know what it's doing or they want to continue the status quo, and no amount of tinkering with minimum wages will alter that. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 0

9:15pm Tue 4 Feb 14

mdj says...

'If government does its job correctly, in providing jobs....'
Since when?
Governments have a role in job creation, but it largely consists in not fouling up the market by obscuring real costs or taxing employment.
'If government does its job correctly, in providing jobs....' Since when? Governments have a role in job creation, but it largely consists in not fouling up the market by obscuring real costs or taxing employment. mdj
  • Score: 2

11:06am Wed 5 Feb 14

Robert19 says...

This is an example of the reality of life for many people. I think there is an attempt to dupe us that things are getting much better than they are. This so called recovery is based on warming up the housing market and people buying new cars from compensation they have had from the banks for mis selling insurance. In the real world people are really struggling. Employment rights are being taken away and wages are being driven down.
It is a fact that the longer politicians are in government the more detached the become from ordinary peoples' lives. This government is no different in fact worse - as mentioned above about Gove and his remark about every school should be like a public school. Fantasy land.
And I agree that do we really need another Tesco store in the borough?
This is an example of the reality of life for many people. I think there is an attempt to dupe us that things are getting much better than they are. This so called recovery is based on warming up the housing market and people buying new cars from compensation they have had from the banks for mis selling insurance. In the real world people are really struggling. Employment rights are being taken away and wages are being driven down. It is a fact that the longer politicians are in government the more detached the become from ordinary peoples' lives. This government is no different in fact worse - as mentioned above about Gove and his remark about every school should be like a public school. Fantasy land. And I agree that do we really need another Tesco store in the borough? Robert19
  • Score: 9

11:06am Wed 5 Feb 14

Robert19 says...

This is an example of the reality of life for many people. I think there is an attempt to dupe us that things are getting much better than they are. This so called recovery is based on warming up the housing market and people buying new cars from compensation they have had from the banks for mis selling insurance. In the real world people are really struggling. Employment rights are being taken away and wages are being driven down.
It is a fact that the longer politicians are in government the more detached the become from ordinary peoples' lives. This government is no different in fact worse - as mentioned above about Gove and his remark about every school should be like a public school. Fantasy land.
And I agree that do we really need another Tesco store in the borough?
This is an example of the reality of life for many people. I think there is an attempt to dupe us that things are getting much better than they are. This so called recovery is based on warming up the housing market and people buying new cars from compensation they have had from the banks for mis selling insurance. In the real world people are really struggling. Employment rights are being taken away and wages are being driven down. It is a fact that the longer politicians are in government the more detached the become from ordinary peoples' lives. This government is no different in fact worse - as mentioned above about Gove and his remark about every school should be like a public school. Fantasy land. And I agree that do we really need another Tesco store in the borough? Robert19
  • Score: 1

12:12pm Wed 5 Feb 14

mdj says...

'Gove and his remark about every school should be like a public school.'

Personally, I'm more worried by his wish that every school should be above average - which makes me wonder what kind of education he had at all!
'Gove and his remark about every school should be like a public school.' Personally, I'm more worried by his wish that every school should be above average - which makes me wonder what kind of education he had at all! mdj
  • Score: 4

10:34am Sun 9 Feb 14

Walthamforest1993 says...

Not every person in the world can have a job and not every person in the world wants to work.. There are MANY jobs, it's just competitive.

Thing is people like to moan and being unemployed is slightly embarrassing so they blame the fact that their are no jobs.

LOL
Not every person in the world can have a job and not every person in the world wants to work.. There are MANY jobs, it's just competitive. Thing is people like to moan and being unemployed is slightly embarrassing so they blame the fact that their are no jobs. LOL Walthamforest1993
  • Score: -1

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