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Record employment levels in Southwark

13 September 2016
Johnson Situ Southwark Labour are delivering on another manifesto commitment, with more people employed in Southwark in 2016 than at any other time this century.

Southwark has overtaken the London and national employment rates, according to new data published by NOMIS. 76.5 per cent of Southwark residents are now in work, compared with 73.2 per cent for London and 73.7 per cent for Great Britain as a whole. 

In 2014 Southwark Labour pledged to build a strong local economy by supporting 5,000 local people into jobs and create 2,000 new apprenticeships. The Labour council is delivering on this commitment, working with local businesses to create apprenticeships and employment opportunities for local residents.

Cllr Johnson Situ, cabinet member for employment, business and culture, said:

“Southwark Labour pledged to build a strong local economy by supporting local people into jobs and we are delivering on that commitment. We’ve worked hard to ensure that local residents benefit from the opportunities created by the regeneration of key areas of the borough. We set an ambitious target to create 5,000 jobs by 2018 and we are on target to achieve that.

We are also committed to ensuring fair pay for a fair day’s work, which is why all our staff are paid the London Living Wage. We are now working with businesses to help roll this out further and to work towards making Southwark a full employment borough”. 

Southwark’s Labour council has a range of initiatives to help people into work, including:

- Over 1,000 Southwark residents supported into work each year through council initiatives such as Southwark Works, which provides supports to people who find it particularly difficult to get a job such as those with physical and mental health issues, learning disabilities and people with caring responsibilities such as lone parents

- Support for people to access apprenticeships, offering the opportunity to learn a skill or trade while also earning a salary

- Support for young people such as care leavers and those with learning disabilities access job opportunities with Southwark employers through SEEDS

- The new Southwark Construction Skills Centre, which will focus on supporting local people into jobs in the construction industry, helping them the access the large number of jobs available as a result of investment and regeneration in the borough

- Pathways to Employment programme, supporting residents who are at risk of becoming long-term unemployed into work


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