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“Massive jobs boost”: 200 new jobs in Suffolk

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Evening Star has reported that the Government’s “Future Jobs Fund” will create 200 new jobs in Suffolk.

SUFFOLK’S future looked bright today after the announcement of 200 new jobs for young people.

The county council has been given the go-ahead to create the vacancies in waste and environmental work, the voluntary sector, arts and culture, general admin, social care and youth work.

Role will include library assistants, assistant rangers, and heritage and tourism positions.

The new posts were among more than 600 created across the East of England and 7,500 in the country as part of the government’s £1billion Future Jobs Fund (FJF).

They bring the total number of jobs created through FJF to almost 55,000.

It is good that new jobs are created but I have a few concerns:

  1. 200 new jobs for young people” – it is not lawful for employers including local government to discriminate on applicants.  This means either there will be 200 new jobs for young people (assumingly up to 25 years old) and no one else will get a look in or most of these 200 new jobs will go straight to the older age groups leaving the young people unemployed and having to do a make-believe sham “training” course.
  2. Massive jobs boost” – Suffolk has around half a million population, I would personally criticise “200” jobs as being massive. This is in effect around 8 new jobs advertised a week (I presume all will be listed within 6 months) and the job market has picked up on new vacancies advertised all the time. It is a job boost, BIG but not massive.
  3. How sustainable? These jobs are likely to be one year terms (with provision to be extended permanently by a year at a time “subject to funding”) i.e. they will be advertised as permanent but actually will be technically temporary as it isn’t ongoing. So once the recessions dips off the jobs will be pulled. The employees will just get a letter between 1-4 weeks at the end of the year saying the council has chosen not to renew their contract.Sustainable jobs are required whereas a job for a year is better than agency jobs and those with a duration of between a month and half a year, it isn’t going to stop the person signing on the dole again. A temporary “solution” – why did they call it the future jobs fund if only for the present year?
  4. Fulltime jobs or… ? 200 fulltime jobs sound great but there is high chance that a lot of the jobs will be part time. I have seen library assistants and assistant rangers advertised before. The assistant ranger was 8-16 hours I believe and the position at my local library was just for a Sunday (I considered it but had to decline as I would be worse off than on benefits).
  5. Voluntary Sector – Local government is the public sector/statutory sector not the third sector (as charities and non-profit businesses belong to). This seriously concerns me as perhaps unpaid positions are being created for Flexible New Deal. This is not a “job” – it is unpaid and not sustainable.

Written by Universal Jobmatch

September 16, 2009 at 11:44 am

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  1. bully for suffolk!


    September 17, 2009 at 4:03 pm

  2. These jobs are being created to provide cheap labour for local councils albeit the person is on min wage but its still cheap labour same as new deal with local councils they will take via new deal placements but if you apply for a job with the council and put new deal on your application form all you get is a rejection letter thats my experience with fife council i applied for 20 jobs and got absolutely nothing out of it despite having been with fife council twice on new deal seems to me there is some kind of fiddle going on here if they wont consider anyone who has been on new deal who applied for fife council vacancies


    September 17, 2009 at 4:09 pm

  3. It is worse than I thought. I can confirm the following job vacancy…

    Flexible New Deal

    September 18, 2009 at 10:28 am

  4. It is worse than I thought. I can confirm the following job vacancy…

    PARK PATROL RANGER ISF/36742 SIC:75.11 No of vacancies: 1

    37 Hrs per week (£14,564-£15,923)

    Sub Limit: 299 (Jobcentre sends this amount of people to the job)

    Temporary for 11 months.

    Patrolling all the parks (and open spaces) to ensure a high standard of order by the public, acting as a deterrent against Anti Social behaviour and to act as security maintaining standards of safety.

    They don’t have a clue… this is a job to be created just for the sake of it. In a nutshell you will be working as a cheap PCSO without any legal powers for all open spaces in Ipswich.

    How many open spaces in Ipswich? This is just what I can brainstorm without any research (some areas might be outside Ipswich Borough i.e. wouldn’t be in the role of the person – probably isn’t fully inclusive):


    Alexandra Park
    Belstead Park
    Bourne Park
    Chantry Park
    Christchurch Park
    Gippeswyk Park
    Holywells Park
    Landseer Park
    Orwell Country Park
    Stone Lodge Park
    Whitehouse Park

    *Open Spaces*

    Belstead bridge (near) (in borough not sure)
    Bixley Heath
    Bramford Lane Rec Ground
    Castle Hill Rec Ground
    Chantry green
    Dales (Dales Road Open Space/nature)
    East Ipswich Rec Grounds (theres about 5 of them not sure of the names)
    Ellenbrook OS
    Gippeswyk Wood (or woody area near the park not sure of the name)
    ITFC Rec Ground (not ITFC’s but its close by)
    Lovetofts Drive (got a big green tree area; too near dreaded Dencora House lol)
    Ravenswood ( a guess: there must have something thats either a park or OS)
    Rushmere heath
    St Clements (the hospital has its own golf course I believe, could be private but thinks its IBC owned)
    Stoke Park (wood area in Stoke Park)
    Whitton BMX Track (if its still there)


    Aster Road
    Bramford Lane
    Castle Hill
    Cliff Lane
    Felixstowe Road
    London Road
    Norwich Road
    Sidegate Lane
    (I know there is some down Belstead but out of boundary I think)

    Quite a lot couldn’t name them. Job requires CRB so likely the post holder could be there, however, normally a SCC issue and would likely have someone there doing it anyway unless the post holder helped out)

    I make that 36… approx 1 hour at each a week excluding travel time. What is the point?

    Flexible New Deal

    September 18, 2009 at 11:16 am

  5. A4e Blog
    Hey, this blog has great insight.


    September 22, 2009 at 9:45 am

    • Jaspn: We already know enough about this parasite!

      Funny A4e Photos

      August 17, 2010 at 8:56 pm

      • she has a new blog at

        http://www.emma-harrison.com (or similar)

        Would you think she was worth many millions? She invest in a proper website.

        I like how she has the “A4e” suffix appended to her name in the copyright notice.

        Flexible New Deal

        August 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

      • http://emma-harrison.com/gallery/

        This is like prOn going fast-forward in reverse on steroids – what a turn-off lol 🙂 This deluded old ugly bitch really fancies herself lol 🙂

        Fred Flintstone

        August 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      • Hey Fred thats being a little harsh, no flaming please

        Flexible New Deal

        August 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      • OMG!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh, my Eeeeyes!!

        ErrGGhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! (think Brian off Family Guy throwing up or Little Britain sketch)

        Flexible New Deal

        August 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

  6. Anyone had any experience of getting a job in Suffolk via the Future Jobs Fund?

    If so, are you still in the job?

    Flexible New Deal

    August 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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