Thousands queue for shopping centre jobs

Tue, 02/04/2013 - 16:53 -- nick

The commitment of unemployed people to looking for work was shown again on Wednesday when over 4,000 queued up for jobs at a new shopping centre.

The Whitely Shopping Centre in Hampshire is opening in April, and a recruitment fair at the Solent Hotel attracted the crowd, with 2,300 pre-registering.

The Hotel was so chock-a-block with jobseekers that organisers had to implement a 'one-in-one-out' policy, leaving hundreds outside in record low March temperatures.

The mall will have 56 shops, the biggest being a Harvester with 45 vacancies.

Shopping centre manager Neil Carter, speaking to The Mirror, said “It’s been brilliant, we have had a great response.”

Julie Kelly, 41, from Gosport, at the event to support her daughter Katie, said: “It’s like the X Factor.”

The news comes after 1,700 people applied for 8 jobs at a new Costa Coffee in Nottingham in February.

Recent changes to the jobseeking regime, including mandatory use of the government's new Universal Jobmatch site, are likely to mean unemployed people apply for more jobs in the future, including unsuitable ones.

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