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City sees jobs bonanza – so why are job centres overflowing?

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The city is seeing a jobs boost with bosses begging for new staff – and yet unemployment is rife with a new job centre opening to cope with demand.

Businesses are doing everything they can to get the staff.

This includes offering four day working weeks, thicker pay packets and some are even launching training centres.

Recent figures have showed that vacancies have never been higher with more than a million jobs posted in the past three months.

So why is Norwich scrambling to open a new job centre in the Castle Quarter to cater to increasing demands for services?

The new centre is due to open in the coming weeks – split across two floors – with the existing centre in Pottergate struggling to cope.

It is set to launch as the latest part of a national roll out of temporary centres from the Department of Work and Pensions, geared at responding to "increased demand" brought on by the pandemic.

The reason for the imbalance between vacancies and those unable to find work, experts say, is a residual lack of confidence within the available labour force.

Zaradan Rumbelow, director of Job Fairs, which is based in Norwich and hosts job centres across the country, said he was seeing some firms turning to them for........

© Norwich Evening News

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