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Business incubator struggles to fill ‘record number of vacancies’

A FAMILY-run commercial nursery has more positions available than five years ago.

Johnsons of Whixley, near Kirk Hammerton, has struggled to fill positions despite the regional unemployment rate above the national average.

Following the impact of Brexit on UK employment, the century-old company has a number of permanent and part-time opportunities despite recruitment efforts.

Yorkshire’s unemployment rate is 4.8 percent. The number of nationwide job vacancies from July to September 2021 peaked at an all-time high of 1,102,000, with a national unemployment rate of 4.5% and layoffs returning to pre-pandemic levels of 3, 6% per thousand employees.

Johnsons has also been affected by the new export regulations. The company sold plants annually for £ 500,000 to customers in Northern Ireland ahead of Brexit, but said new rules prevented it from supplying root ball, bare root and container plants in the ‘EU and now in Northern Ireland.

Graham Richardson, Co-Managing Director, said: “We are offering a record number of jobs. We are grateful that our operations are so strong at such a tumultuous time for the economy, but we need the support of the people to fill our vacancies.

“Getting reliable and sustainable jobs like the ones we are recruiting for will help everyone rebuild better after the disruption of the pandemic. We see a lot of opportunity, but the size of the “bottleneck” will depend on having enough staff to meet demand. ”

Roles are divided into nursery, maintenance, sales and administration departments, with opportunities for progression.

Graham said: “We offer one of the best work environments; most of the time you will be outside in the fresh air. We offer various bonuses, treats and regular socials, early arrival on Fridays, generous vacation entitlements, a company pension plan and free parking. We have a culture of inclusion and genuinely see our employees as our extended family. Joining Johnsons offers the reward of becoming a “key worker” on climate change, few companies can claim to be net contributors to the environment from their core businesses. ”

Despite the downsizing of operations by many companies due to the pandemic, Johnsons of Whixley recently celebrated a record year in sales, achieving over £ 15million in revenue for the first time in 100 years.

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