Belfast Telegraph

Belfast City Council aims to create 110 jobs

Belfast City Council has set itself a target of providing 110 job opportunities before the end of the current financial year.

These opportunities are part of the 200 jobs the council announced when it revealed its £150m Investment Programme (2012-15), which it launched in February.

The council has also undertaken to provide 400 placement, internship and apprentice opportunities during the next three years.

It says the first 170 of these will also be filled within the next 12 months with a focus on young unemployed people, long-term unemployed, disabled people and graduates.

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, chair of the council’s strategic policy and resources committee, said: “The council’s party leaders have all agreed that boosting the city’s economy is its top priority and delivering a total of 200 job opportunities during these economically difficult times is a significant undertaking.

“We have also assured ratepayers that the provision of these jobs will not be an additional burden on the rates,” Ms Hargey said.

“We will achieve this by reviewing some vacant posts and redesigning them to support the investment programme and improve service delivery, as well as creating permanent, directly employed posts by reducing dependency on agency workers, temporary staff and overtime working.

“All the posts will be central to supporting the investment and providing better service delivery, and the aim is to provide 110 job opportunities this year, a further 60 in year two and the final 30 in year three.”

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