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i-Rock a new service for 14 -25 year olds has been launched in Hastings this week (Monday 11 July).

The new service based at Rock House, Cambridge Road offers young people help and advice with issues including, emotional wellbeing, mental health, education, employment and housing.

“I really welcome this project which is a vital link to the many services which can help with the wellbeing of young people and I am pleased that the Clinical Commissioning Group recognises the priority” said Cllr Sue Beaney, Hastings Borough Council’s mental health champion.

She added: “As a psychotherapist practising locally I am increasingly receiving referrals for younger teens and am glad the age range has been reduced to 14. It is around this age that many young people begin to suffer from uncertainties and pressure and feel alone and unsupported.  i-Rock offers services that will help young people to make sense of an increasingly unstable world and hopefully prevent the development of more serious mental health conditions”.

The wellbeing of young people in Hastings and Rother is of key importance to the Hastings Youth Council. They have been involved with the consultation process for this new service and were pleased to attend the launch and to support this project.

The service is open three days a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am – 7pm on a drop-in basis.

Workers on a zero-hours contract as their man job stood at 801,000 at the end of 2015, which is up by 104,000 from the year before the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Since the ONS began monitoring the number of zero-hours contracts, this is the highest report and means that 2.5% of the employed UK workforce is on this type of contract.

In November, there were around 1.7 million contracts that did not guarantee a minimum number of working hours, which means that workers may have had more than one zero-hours contract.

Seasonal factors could have affected the previous estimate but the ONS said they should not be directly compared. Workers on zero-hours contracts were likely to be young people, part-time workers and students in full-time education opposed to other people in employment.

The ONS has also said that those on the contract, on average, worked 26 hours a week but a third of those wanted to work longer in their current job, rather than more hours in a different job. Only 10% of people in other types of jobs wanted more hours.uk employment

Wage growth recently hit a near four-year high and UK unemployment has fallen yet again, official figures show.

Between February and April, the number of people out of work fell by 43,000 to 1.81 million, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In August 2008, the jobless rate was quite low and new figures show that the rate now is steady at 5.5%. This is the lowest it has been since 2008.

In addition to this, wage rises grew at their quickest rate since August 2011 because it rose 2.7%, both including and excluding bonuses. The number of people in work now is significantly higher as there are a total of 31.05 million people with jobs. This is 114,000 more than there were in the previous three-month period.

The new figures show evidence that women who are in work has hit a record high of 68.6%. In turn, the government welcomes the ONS figures.

A sign that interest rates may rise sooner than expected is that the pound rose to a one-month high against the US dollar ($1.57) and therefore, traders believe that wages are rising more quickly than first thought.

However, despite this good news, some economists have warned that strong wage growth might not continue indefinitely because the new figures released on Tuesday had shown that inflation is currently at 0.1%.

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Following a recent ruling in the Employment Appeal Tribunal a worker’s holiday pay must now include the amount that s/he would ordinarily earn from working overtime, commission or other allowances or payments. We spoke to Raquel Twigger an employment law specialist at Stephen Rimmer LLP to shed some light on this issue for employers in the area. Below is a description of what has  been decided and what you will need to do going forward.

The good news is that it has been decided that to try and stay a mass of back pay claims against British businesses, the  law courts have ruled that workers may only claim for a series of deductions (a series of holiday periods where overtime was not paid) if they are NOT separated by more than three months.

For the purposes of calculating annual leave, employers should base a weeks pay on an average of the worker’s earnings over the 12-week reference period that is already used for other workers whose normal pay varies from week to week.

A Government task force has been set up to look at how it can limit the impact of the decision on business although it is considered there is a limited amount of help it will be able to provide.

Raquel will be happy to speak to businesses owners about this and you can call her on 01323 644222 and or you can email her at rt@stephenrimmer.com we will keep you posted on any further developments and announcements from the Government task force.

1066jobs.com is an exciting new on-line jobs board promoting employment and training advice in Hastings and Rother launched this week.

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1066jobs.com provides local business with a new platform for recruiting staff.

1066Jobs.com is part of the award-winning BrightonandHoveJobs.com, the leading employment website for the region, founded in 2010 by Gary Peters, and which is credited for making a positive difference to the economy of Brighton and Hove.

He said: “The strength of 1066Jobs.com sits in our partnership structure, bringing together key local employers and education providers to create a highly effective and affordable jobs board and a superb resource for advice on employment, skills and training.

“Our pan-Sussex reach allows us to target tens of thousands of candidates on behalf of hundreds of businesses and organisations, not only to offer jobs but also to highlight the numerous fund-raising and volunteer opportunities that exist.

“The core aim of 1066Jobs.com is to benefit the local economy by working hand in hand  with the local community and our partners. We are incredibly excited to be bringing our unique approach to the employment sector of Hastings and Rother.”

Dan Shelley, Vice Principal Enterprise, Employment and Skills at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Sussex Coast College is proud to be a founding partner of 1066jobs.com as it provides a cost effective way of better linking employers seeking staff with local people looking for work.

“With so many uses, 1066jobs.com really is more than a jobs board. The College supports over 5000 local people gain skills and qualifications each year and we feel that the site will be invaluable resource to this incredible talent pool, be they young people looking for their first job, an unemployed adult seeking a new opportunity or a career changer looking for a new challenge.

“1066jobs.com will plug a gap locally with a cost effective solution for employers to advertise their vacancies. As a major employer in the area, with nearly 400 employees, we also see the site as a critical resource for us to recruit local, talented people. By linking these two audiences together the site will ensure that more people find out and apply for local jobs – and that can only be good for the local economy.”

1066Jobs.com is different in many ways from other job boards. Employers can post job vacancies for only £99 + vat which are then advertised for 28 days, helping businesses reduce recruitment costs.

Candidates can search the job board free of charge and apply directly for the job opportunities that are advertised because posts include details of the recruiter.

1066Jobs.com will also deliver the same Charity Initiative scheme that has proved so successful in Brighton and Hove. The scheme works by supporting a number of chosen local charities by offering free job posts and advertising and help with fundraising activities.

For more information visit www.1066Jobs.com or for any employment and training related questions, contact the team on info@1066jobs.com or call on 01424 307 105.

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The 2013 Hastings Jobs Fair held at Sussex Coast College attracted over 600 job seekers. All the seminars were well subscribed to and the mock interviews were a huge success with over 40 job seekers taking the opportunity to be interviewed and receive helpful feedback.

The best news from the Hastings Jobs Fair is that 11 people, on the day, had real interviews and were lucky enough to gain employment as a direct result of the Hastings Jobs Fair.

Next year they will be running the Hastings Jobs Fair in March and information will be available in the Autumn which we will report on as soon as its with us.

The event was put on by The Event Office and backed by MP Amber Rudd (C)