Approximately 800 of 4,520 currently unemployed in Brighton and Hove are aged 18-24, according to The Argus. To address unemployment, especially amongst Brighton’s youth, the city’s Jobcentre organised a job fair for November 7. 

Demand from employees comes in part from large national companies, such as Rolls-Royce, which is recruiting for 200 new positions at the company’s Goodwood manufacturing plant, less than an hour’s drive from Brighton. Gatwick’s stall at the job’s fair was the largest, with around 50 employers attending. It is estimated that 1,500 new positions were available.

Gatwick Airport is currently the biggest employer in the South East, recruiting employees for a broad range of positions and requiring different skills, from airline staff at British Airways and Norwegian Airlines to catering positions at Wagamama and Nando’s.

With regards to international youth unemployment statistics, the House of Commons Library published a comparative paper of UK and European unemployment on October 16. It found that the period of June-August 2018 saw the lowest youth unemployment since 1992 with 464,000 unemployed 16-24-year-olds.

Free-to-attend Brighton and Hove Jobs Fairs have also been scheduled for March 1 and June 12 2019 at the Jurys Inn Waterfront. Up to 26 companies will be recruiting on these days.

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