Mrs. McGuire: The Employ Ability campaign will be piloted in four cities before further rollout across the UK next year. These cities are Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Bradford. Our primary target audience is small to medium sized employers.
The Employ Ability campaign is still in development stages and media plans have not been fully finalised. The following regional publications have been provisionally chosen for their relevance with our target audience:
Metro - Liverpool, Manchester and Yorkshire editions
Liverpool Daily Post
Manchester Evening News
Yorkshire Evening Post
Bradford Telegraph & Argus
Business Insider - North West and Yorkshire editions
EN Magazine - North West
Business Link - Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
|Number of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants in England and Milton Keynes local authority
|Quarter ending November each year
1. November 1995 to November 1998 (inclusive) numbers are uprated to WPLS totals and rounded to the nearest hundred. 2. November 1999 to November 2006 (inclusive) numbers are rounded to the nearest 10. 3. November 1995 to November 1998 (inclusive) numbers are based on a 5 per cent. sample, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. 4. These figures should be used as a guide to the current situation only. Source: DWP Information Directorate five per cent sample and 100 per cent Work and Pensions longitudinal study.
Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of jobs advertised through Jobcentre Plus referred the applicant to (a) an employment agency and (b) an employment business in the last month for which figures are available; 
The Secretary of State has asked me to rely to your questions about employment agencies and employment businesses that advertise vacancies through Jobcentre Plus; and what proportion of those agencies and businesses have signed the Diversity Matters pledge. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
The number of vacancies placed by employment agencies and businesses in May 2007 was 23,414. This equates to 38.2 per cent. of all jobs notified to Jobcentre Plus. We do not differentiate between employment agencies and employment businesses for the purpose of recording vacancies.
Jobcentre Plus will only accept vacancies from recruitment agencies if they sign a Service Level Agreement (SLA) agreeing to the terms for using our services.
The SLA specifies that:
only genuine vacancies will be advertised through the Jobcentre Plus website;
the vacancy is compliant with all UK legislation and employment law;
the vacancy has not been placed with the intention of compiling a register;
the agency has a contract with the employer in respect of the vacancy;
the agency must supply details of pay, conditions and the end employer; and
no charges will be made to our customers as a result of applying.
Jobcentre Plus takes these conditions very seriously and will investigate any complaints that individual agencies are not complying with the terms of the SLA. This ultimately could lead to us terminating service with a recruitment agency in breach of their agreement.
Since its launch in October 2005 around 600 agencies have signed up to the Diversity Matters Pledge administered by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. However, we do not know how many of these agencies use Jobcentre Plus to advertise their vacancies and therefore are not able to specify the proportion using Jobcentre Plus that have signed the Diversity Matters pledge.
I hope this is helpful.