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The Jobs Divide.

Are you looking in the right place for a job? Strathclyde Labour Market Intelligence and Monitoring Service - SLIMS - has news for you.

It has identified a large gulf between those occupations most popular with jobseekers and the kind of jobs where the greatest opportunities lie.

A third of all registered job- seekers are looking for unskilled work as cleaners, labourers, porters, attendants or similar.

But it is true what your dad told you when he warned you to stick in at school

The biggest growth area over the next few years will probably be in white collar jobs where qualifications are key.

But your dad might have been off the mark if he advised you to get craft or trade skills.

The SLIMS survey found that more than 17 per cent of registered jobseekers were looking for work in craft and related trades.

And the report predicts a further five per cent drop in numbers of unskilled jobs and in craft and related trades throughout Strathclyde by 2005.

The big gains are in managerial and professional jobs, where there are expected to be almost 50,000 new opportunities by 2005.

Selling jobs are looking good, too. Strathclyde already has a thriving retail sector but selling jobs across the board are expected to increase by 13 per cent.

This means that almost 10 per cent of the whole workforce in Strathclyde will be employed purely in sales.

Some of the boost will be accounted for by companies' internal markets - where different departments "sell" their services to colleagues.

These changes in the labour market have huge implications for Government enterprise activity and for training providers .

Those in work need ongoing training to help them reach the skills and confidence levels required to meet future challenges. Yet only a third of Strathclyde's current employees are getting this now.

A SLIMS spokesman concluded: "There may have to be more of a concerted effort on the part of employment and training providers in the West of Scotland to educate and qualify the employed and unemployed workforce with those skills required to serve expanding occupations."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 8, 1997
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