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They waited for two-and-a-half hours in queues that snaked around the inside of the terminal and the length of the building outside.

Demand for the careers fair was so great it even brought traffic to a standstill on the roads leading to Southampton Airport in Hampshire.

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A friend of mine went, he said it was heaving but also said most of the jobs were "entry level" jobs.

So whilst there may be jobs around for someone with 20 years of work experience and CIMA qualified there was nothing.

I do worry how this will pan out!

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If there are any bored "secret millionaires" with £500m in the bank, please stand up now. We don't want you giving £10,000 away to an emotive case.

Do the UK a favour, open a productive factory and create 500 jobs.

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If there are any bored "secret millionaires" with £500m in the bank, please stand up now. We don't want you giving £10,000 away to an emotive case.

Do the UK a favour, open a productive factory and create 500 jobs.

Does not compute! So many rentier leeches mean that factories cannot possibly be productive.

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Do the UK a favour, open a productive factory and create 500 jobs.

Funny you should say that, the airport stands next to the Ford Transit Van factory where exactly 500 production jobs were lost 18 months ago - mine included.

I had thought of going along to 'jobs fair' but I was put off when I heard some of the jobs being offered were unpaid - for example Hampshire Constabulary were recruiting special constables.

The event had been heavily promoted in the local Paper 'The Echo' so I expect it was all BS. Last January they headlined '400 local jobs to be created on the Railway' which of course never happened ...(there were elections imminent in May too last year.)

Job applicants outnumbered passengers yesterday and it's quite possible that the airport is exploring alternative uses for the Terminal building like Collectors fairs or car boot sales.

In fact passenger numbers have been falling steadily at the airport all year and December was particulary disastrous - I have no idea what makes BAA think its going to all turn round ths year.

Lets see now - higher numbers of the unemployed and lower numbers of air passengers.

Could the two be related?

The Airport is in Energy minister Chris Huhne's constituency of Eastleigh. Mr Huhne has of course spoken in favour of increasing Air Passenger Duty and preventing airports from extending.

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If there are any bored "secret millionaires" with £500m in the bank, please stand up now. We don't want you giving £10,000 away to an emotive case.

Do the UK a favour, open a productive factory and create 500 jobs.

LOL I didn't mean profitable factory. £500m goes to 500 people in a "job" to do "something", £1m each over 10 years. It's better than £500m sitting in some hermits bank account, wanting to buy self gratification to ensure entry into heaven.

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LOL I didn't mean profitable factory.

Tsk. Of course you didnt, silly me!

There are around 6,000 jsa claiments in Southampton and Eastleigh area so I expect what happened here was they were told at the Jobcentre "Be there or else".

When they got there the BBC, Solent News Agency and The Echo were all waiitng for them -there was no 'surprise' the entire exercise was a PR stunt dreamed up by the Southampton Airport Consultative Commitee which comprises Eastleigh and Southampton City councils as well as BAA. They are comitted to releasing only 'good news' stories about the airport and local area.

The unemployed are just cattle. There is no work for them there.

The good thing about going to something like this though is that for a couple of hours of queing you can fill your jobsearch sheet in with half dozen entries and spend the rest of the fortnight prone on the sofa scratching it.

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You do have to look at tha queue and think, some of those just have "no chance" written on their forehead. Some are just wasting their time, and everybody else's time. A really sad and pointless exercise.

This is the modern Great Depression.

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You do have to look at tha queue and think, some of those just have "no chance" written on their forehead. Some are just wasting their time, and everybody else's time. A really sad and pointless exercise.

This is the modern Great Depression.

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It's pointless because there are no jobs.

Although they were talking about 'careers opportunites' they also said they needed staff for the peak season - thats how long a career lasts now - three months.

Volunteering as a Special Constable was being touted as a 'Possible route into the Police Force'

This is the real situation at Southampton airport:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/8788443.Severe_weather_costs_airport___1m/

Thursday 13th January 2011

By Simon Carr

Southampton Airport has been dealt a £1m blow after losing more than a fifth of its business in last month’s snowstorms.

The number of passengers passing through the airport was down 22 per cent on December 2009 – the biggest fall seen at any of the six UK airports owned by BAA.

The slump was worse than that suffered by airports in Scotland, which was hit by some of the heaviest snowfalls in the UK.

Compared with the same period last year Edinburgh’s passenger numbers were down by 18.4 per cent, Glasgow by 15.3 per cent and Aberdeen 8.3 per cent.

Stansted had 10.9 per cent less and Heathrow saw numbers drop by 9.5 per cent.

Asked about the 22 per cent reduction at Southampton BAA said the figures for smaller airports with fewer passengers were “disproportionately large”.

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There are around 6,000 jsa claiments in Southampton and Eastleigh area so I expect what happened here was they were told at the Jobcentre "Be there or else".

That sounds about right! :(

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In fact passenger numbers have been falling steadily at the airport all year and December was particulary disastrous - I have no idea what makes BAA think its going to all turn round ths year.

This seems to be happening to other regional airports as well. During the height of the boom Teesside underwent massive expansion, building a big extension to the terminal and car park and adding new check-in desks and retail units. From around 2005-08 the place was like a zoo - they added an extension to the departure lounge that was almost the size of a sports stadium, and it would always be packed with 737-loads of Ryanair and charter passengers, heading mainly for Mediterranean holiday destinations. They've all gone now, leaving KLM and Eastern the only two airlines left. Furthermore, the last few times I've used the KLM plane to Amsterdam, it's been half-full at best: passenger numbers on that route have definitely dropped. The airport must be making huge losses on the debt repayments from its expansion in the last decade, with the extra capacity now unused. If KLM pull out too, the place must be finished as far as passenger flights are concerned.

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As disposable income vanishes for millions it has to have an impact on foreign vacations.

Businesses are flying back and forth for the most trivial meetings of course.. but the number of businesses left is shrinking. They keep flying managers around until the very last day. But you have to sell like a lot of cards to pay for the flight and accomadation of even one manager to the weekly meeting.

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Funny you should say that, the airport stands next to the Ford Transit Van factory where exactly 500 production jobs were lost 18 months ago - mine included.

I had thought of going along to 'jobs fair' but I was put off when I heard some of the jobs being offered were unpaid - for example Hampshire Constabulary were recruiting special constables.

The event had been heavily promoted in the local Paper 'The Echo' so I expect it was all BS. Last January they headlined '400 local jobs to be created on the Railway' which of course never happened ...(there were elections imminent in May too last year.)

Job applicants outnumbered passengers yesterday and it's quite possible that the airport is exploring alternative uses for the Terminal building like Collectors fairs or car boot sales.

In fact passenger numbers have been falling steadily at the airport all year and December was particulary disastrous - I have no idea what makes BAA think its going to all turn round ths year.

Lets see now - higher numbers of the unemployed and lower numbers of air passengers.

Could the two be related?

The Airport is in Energy minister Chris Huhne's constituency of Eastleigh. Mr Huhne has of course spoken in favour of increasing Air Passenger Duty and preventing airports from extending.

Yes. This is the same Chris Huhne who flew to Mexico for an environment conference, flew back to the UK to vote in the HOC, then back to Mexico again.

******!

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A friend of mine went, he said it was heaving but also said most of the jobs were "entry level" jobs.

So whilst there may be jobs around, for someone with 20 years of work experience and CIMA qualified there was nothing.

Sorry to be pendantic but that sentence really benefits from a comma

Anyway, sounds like your friend would use his time better seeking consulting or interim work and networking with managers, entrepeneurs and other accountants.

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Its amazing how the lines of unemployment are building. In many major western cities 18-24 year old unemployment has now reached 50%.

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Its amazing how the lines of unemployment are building. In many major western cities 18-24 year old unemployment has now reached 50%.

Yet I'm absolutely sure that there are many people in nice, well paid jobs that console themselves with the thought that if they are made redundant they can get a job "shelf stacking".

They haven't a prayer - there is a huge glut of "willing pairs of hands".

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Yes. This is the same Chris Huhne who flew to Mexico for an environment conference, flew back to the UK to vote in the HOC, then back to Mexico again.

******!

The public has, whenever polled, been hugely against the idea of MPs being able to vote in absentia. They also have a big issue with MPs not voting enough, and don't much like MPs who don't spend time in there constituancy. They apperently haven't noticed the contradiction to this.

I'm sure Chris Huhne would have been perfectly happy to cast his vote from Mexico should he have been allowed to. The only other solution would be for our government to refuse to travel anywhere other than London.

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Yet I'm absolutely sure that there are many people in nice, well paid jobs that console themselves with the thought that if they are made redundant they can get a job "shelf stacking".

They haven't a prayer - there is a huge glut of "willing pairs of hands".

I do have a particular dislike for the "I'd have a job in no time if it were me brigade". I'm fortunate to work in a role that requires a certain amount of specialist knowledge, and has comparitively few acceptable candidates. If I were to be made unemployed, I am certain I would find it difficult to find low paying work (why would they hire someone, when they know they'd leave for something better) or high paid work in a different field (with there being so many good candidates with relevant skills/experience).

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Yes. This is the same Chris Huhne who flew to Mexico for an environment conference, flew back to the UK to vote in the HOC, then back to Mexico again.

******!

Huhne had to fly back to the UK *precisely* because the Labour party disallowed pairing of votes on this occasion. That's why Huhne had to make a entirely unnecessary round trip away from what he was doing.

Out of government but still as cynical as ever.

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