Early Christmas for job seekers
IT WOULD be hard to wipe the smile from the face of father-of-five Aaron Jones.
He’s found a job after searching for nine weeks.
Just before Christmas, the 29-year-old former mechanic has started work as a battery technician.
“I lost count of how many jobs I looked for,” he said.
PVS Workfind branch manager Darren Joslin can now take Mr Jones off his list of 1200 job seekers.
While that sounds like a lot of unemployed people registered with a single agency, Mr Joslin said the number of people searching for work in Ipswich was actually dropping.
“I’ve been in this job three years,” he said.
“The financial crisis in 2008-09 had an impact. Retail took a huge hit.
“It’s only now starting to pick up after that.
“As we approach the holiday season, we’re seeing strong demand for labour in food production and processing, distribution and hospitality.”
Mr Joslin’s branch has found work for almost 300 job seekers in the past three months.
Battery World owner Ruthie Farrar said she welcomed Mr Jones to the team as business was booming.
“We asked for a bit of automotive experience, but Aaron’s got that in spades,” she said.
“He’s a very quick learner.”