BT has declared the creation of 300 new jobs at the company's Sandwell site in West Bromwich. This news brought some hope for the dismal labour market which is facing really tough times.
The vacancies were confirmed after the company entered into a "positive discussions" with the Communications Workers Union (CWU). On the outcome of the discussion, BT begun recruiting for various roles.
"We all know how difficult the job market is, so the fact BT is bringing more than 300 further roles...(it) is a reflection of the efforts and cooperation of both the CWU and Sandwell council," Ian Livingston, chief executive of BT, commented, as reported (opens in new tab) by The Telegraph.
Appreciating BT's efforts, CWU's deputy general secretary, Andy Kerr said, "This is a good news story for everyone at BT and for job-hunters in the Sandwell area...we're really pleased that the outcome is permanent, stable and directly-employed jobs."
Official figures showed that during the period between July to September unemployment broke a 17-year record by hitting 2.62 million this year. Unemployment of youth also crossed the 1 million barrier for the very first time this year.
With such bad figures, BT's initiative can be seen as a great relief and hope for many.