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By David Vance On November 14th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I remember a band called UB40 droning on about unemployment in the late 70’s/early ’80’s with a song called “One in Ten”. The lyrics go like this..

“I am the one in ten
A number on a list
I am the one in ten
Even though I don`t exist
Nobody Knows me
Even though I`m always there ..”

Time to update that lyric…

“One in five young people looking for work in Northern Ireland cannot find a job, according to the latest figures.

The estimated unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds in Northern Ireland is 21% Using the Labour Force Survey (LFS) definition of unemployment, the overall rate here is 7.6%. That figure is unchanged form the previous quarter and is slightly below the UK average of 7.8%. However, the number claiming unemployment benefits in NI is rising. In October, 64,100 claimed the dole, a rise of 600 on the previous month. This monthly increase (0.9%) in unemployment related benefit claimants was higher than the average rise (0.6%) across the UK.”

So, at least 20% of young people are looking for a job without success. But, but, how can this be with our politicians at Stormont doing such an amazing  job they are getting an 11% salary increase next year?

Still, things could be worse, as I am sure Minister Foster’s spin doctors would well you. In Spain and Greece, youth unemployment is now in excess of 50%!!!


By David Vance On September 17th, 2012 at 7:22 am

It’s all in the timing. No sooner does one of Northern Irelands’s biggest Engineering companies announce the loss of 750 jobs than lo and behold there is an official announcement of 100 new jobs.  Well, not quite. It is ” up to” 100 new jobs, timeline vague, cost of INVEST NI subsidy unclear. Oh and the nature of these jobs? In a call center. Working for an Indian company which we are told is already one of Londonderry’s biggest employers. Remarkable to see Northern Ireland transformed into a sub-Delhi with call centers and presented as the jewel in Arlene Fosters economic crown. I do not wish to demean Call Center workers but if this is the future it is bleak. Why send kids to University to accrue huge debts so they can then function as call center workers?


By David Vance On August 12th, 2012 at 11:50 am

Here is how Government “creates” jobs;

Fewer than one in 20 people enrolled in a Londonderry ‘back to work’ scheme have managed to secure long-term employment.

The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) is to scrap its Steps to Work contract with the North West Regional College after “unacceptably” poor results at getting people into employment. The original £2.4m contract had stipulated that the North West Regional College needed to ensure 25% of those enrolled got jobs.

But today it can be revealed that only around 12% of those who took part in the scheme found any sort of work beyond their training. 

Even more staggering is the disclosure that within six months of graduating from the programme, only 4.75% were still in employment — less than a fifth of the target set by the Department.

Get that stat? £2.4 MILLION paid to get 20 people into some sort of jobs. The State, in this case the Department of Employment and Learning, just takes YOUR cash and splashes it down the drain. Farcical. I wonder which individuals benefited from all this cash floating about?


By David Vance On April 26th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Here’s a remarkable tale…

A businessman today slammed ‘work shy’ Britain after seven of his new recruits failed to turn up to their first day of work because it was raining. Carl Cooper, 26, was flabbergasted when his new employees, who had all been without jobs, failed to turn up for their first day as sales operatives. Mr Cooper, who runs Car Smart, a marketing firm for independent car dealers in Hersden, Kent, had rented extra office space to accommodate the new staff. But the entrepreneur was ‘filled with despair’ and left staring at empty desks when none of the employees even bothered to tell the company that they were not coming in.

Bad, right? But then this..

Shockingly, four of the seven candidates later admitted they had been put off going into work yesterday morning because of the torrential rain. Astonishingly, they then told him they would be better off staying on state benefits – and could not be bothered to spend £5 getting to work.

How MANY more thousands more are like these? They have become insulated from responsibility, from the work ethic, and this is because the Welfare toxin pulses through their bloodstream.


By David Vance On March 15th, 2012 at 10:34 am

When it comes to spinning numbers, The Stormont Assembly deserved an A star.

Take local unemployment.

Yesterday it rose to a level not seen in the past 12 years. 61,400 are without a job. This figure keeps rising, remorselessly.

What to do? Well, talk about the unemployment rate instead, which has fallen to below that of the UK average! What does that mean – exactly?

Well, nothing other than the fact that fewer people are actually seeking work!  That is NOT a good result if you think about it.

For some reason, the media do not pursue these little details. Almost as if they were in collusion with our failed Government.


By David Vance On March 10th, 2012 at 9:46 am

I found this a disturbing story;

Unemployment has doubled to more than 50% among young black men according to figures disclosed last night.

The statistics also showed that joblessness among black people of both genders aged 16 to 24 – excluding students – had increased at almost twice the rate of young white people since the start of the recession. From the last three months of 2008 to the last three months of 2011, the proportion of economically active black people in the age group who were out of work rose from 28.8% to 47.4%. This was more than double the rate for young white people, which went up from 15% to 20.8%.

I wonder why young black people are so affected? Why is this specific demographic so startlingly high? It is surely not acceptable to have almost HALF the young black community on the dole? At a time when more and more eastern Europeans can travel here and get jobs, why can young black people not? Some may try to use these statistics to imply a degree of racism amongst employers but I suggest that there is more to it than that. We need to ensure that all young people, regardless of colour, have access to useful employment and Government should see this as a warning signal.


By David Vance On March 5th, 2012 at 9:59 am

At this time of Eurozone meltdown and talk of currency collapse, it is heart warming to see that the EU has its fingers on the big issues that confront us – namely that there are not enough women in the boardrooms of public companies and it is time to impose quotas to force business to conform to this liberal requirement;

“The European Union’s (SIC) justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, is expected to set aggressive quotas and timetables on Monday to increase the number of women on the boards of public companies.

Speaking to the left wing rag The Guardian (Naturally) before the announcement, Reding said that “it’s no secret that in countries where there are legal quotas [for representation on boards], the figures have grown substantially. In countries without obligatory quotas, progress is slow.” She added that “Generally, progress is very slow”, noting that at current rates it would take another 40 years for women to have equal representation on boards throughout Europe. “I think we’re slowly running out of patience everywhere in Europe,” she said. Reding warned companies last year that she would begin steps to introduce legislation this month if she found progress to be insufficient. She is due to publish the statistics from analyses of board membership, but indicated that she didn’t think that would be enough on its own.

Ms Reading’s arrogance is quite breath-taking. She has decided that she knows better than a company who it should have sitting on its Board. This blatant invasion into the private sector seems so natural for the EU, even as it burns down under a mountain of debt and economic decline. Quick – phonel Greece and tell it to up the ante on the numbers of women in the boardrooms in Athens – that should do the trick, right?

In my view, meritocracy is the only basis for getting onto the board of any company, public or private. Imposing marxist-type quotas is offensive to all and insulting to women since it suggests that they are incapable of making convincing arguments for themselves for getting onto the Board. I know many women who sit on boards and they have gotten there due to their diligence and skills. They don’t NEED these quotas imposed upon their employers. But imposition and diktat is the name of the EU game.


By David Vance On March 5th, 2012 at 8:50 am

As the UK ‘s largest private sector employer, retail giant Tesco has been targeted by the likes of the Socialist Worker’s Party and its pals as a “slave labour” employer. This has resulted in some Tesco stores having their entrances blocked by Big Sloth. I wonder how they will therefore react to this news;

Tesco is to create 20,000 jobs in the UK, focusing on opportunities for young unemployed people, it has announced. The firm said it would create the full- and part-time jobs over two years, invest in additional staff hours and training and improve stores.

Oh no. The sheer horror of it all! How dreadful that a private sector employer embarks on a major employment programme. If we’re not careful this might mean that unemployment levels FALL and that would constitute a major setback for the leftist agitprop operators and their media lickspittles out there who realise that if Labour is to have any chance of getting back into government in 2015 then it is vital that unemployment stays HIGH. That’s the rule here and that’s why this welcome announcement from Tesco will be met with studied silence from the Left.


By David Vance On March 1st, 2012 at 8:49 am

It’s really basic stuff but it still manages to avoid the majority of the political class. If you increase taxes, you stifle economic growth;

The 50p higher rate of income tax is “damaging the economy” and delaying the recovery from recession, more than 500 entrepreneurs and business owners warn today. The bosses of small and medium sized firms across the country say the levy has meant they have not expanded their firms and taken on more workers. They accuse George Osborne, the Chancellor, of putting “populist politics before sound economics”. Calling for it to be scrapped, they add that the ongoing imposition of the 50p higher rate of tax has left “wealth creators” in a “very awkward position”.

At the moment,the political left is seeking to stifle economic growth – after all, were the UK economy to impr0ve that would give Labour huge problems in getting back into power. So they support higher taxes, in the name of fairness. They think it right that the State can grab 50% of your income. They think it right to impose draconian employment legislation on private business.Then they wonder why there are so few jobs being created.


By David Vance On February 28th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

A protester makes his point outside McDonald's in Royal Avenue, Belfast

The hard left are on a roll and it has a simple aim; Stop young people getting work experience. Here is a snap of the sort of nonsense that is being trotted out on a daily basis…

“Protesters have voiced anger over an under-fire UK Government work experience programme aimed at getting people off benefits and into jobs. The scheme has triggered claims that it exploits young people who risk losing out on benefits if they do not complete unpaid work placements. High street businesses Waterstone’s, Poundland and Burger King have now withdrawn from the scheme.

Protest group Youth Fight For Jobs is starting a ‘name and shame’ tour on Saturday in which it will campaign outside Northern Ireland premises of firms involved in the UK programme. There is no mandatory work experience programme in Northern Ireland — though a scheme to gradually introduce the unemployed to the world of work, known as Steps To Work, can include work experience. It pays an extra £15.38 per week on top of benefit entitlement as well as transport costs. McDonald’s, whose restaurant at Donegall Place in Belfast was the scene of yesterday’s protest, said it continued to support the work experience programme. But it could not say if anyone in Northern Ireland had been involved in placements.”

Meanwhile, the founder of the Big Issue, John Bird, has come out and declared such schemes as invaluable.

The name of the game for the Left is stopping unemployment from falling. All this “slavery” hysteria is aimed at scaring companies from  participating – so it has a political aim.

I’m just hoping the “name and shame” tour will include the BBC and The Guardian, both of whom offer unpaid work experience.