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East & South East Scotland

East and South East Scotland (ESES) has 24 Jobcentre Plus offices and covers 9 Local Authority areas which are East Lothian, Edinburgh City, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling.

Labour Market
The geographical area covered by the District stretches from the rolling hills of the Borders to the start of the Highlands and at the centre of the District lies Edinburgh the capital of Scotland

Edinburgh is usually regarded as one of the twin engines of the Scottish Economy alongside Glasgow. Edinburgh has been consistently one of the most prosperous parts of the country and has the strongest economy of any city in the UK outside London. However despite Edinburgh's status as a prosperous city, it also contains some local authority wards that continue to face some significant challenges.

The economy of Edinburgh and surrounding areas of Mid, East and West Lothians is one of the fastest growing city regions in Europe, with strong rates of growth in banking, financial services, hi-tech research and development.

However, the economic downturn of the last couple of years has challenged this and continues to do as our large scale insurance and banking operations mean the city and surrounding areas have more to lose in a depressed economy.

Many traditional light and heavy industries are still evident in other parts of the District including manufacturing in the Borders, the shipyards at Rosyth, petrochemical works in Grangemouth, arable and livestock farming in all areas of the District. In addition hospitality, tourism and retail, all play a major part in the economy within the District from the Borders to East Lothian and north to the North East neuk of Fife. The recent addition of an Amazon fulfilment centre in Dunfermline has provided a large number of warehousing and distribution opportunities in the Fife travel to work area.

Key Contacts within District - Employer and Partnership Managers
City of Edinburgh Council: Callum Grigor and Pauline MacDonald
Stirling , Falkirk and Clackmannan Councils: William Howie
Fife Council: Phil Martin 
Midlothian and West Lothian Councils: Alister McInnes
East Lothian and Scottish Borders Councils: Mike Niven

Local approaches to employability
Jobcentre Plus have Employer Advisers throughout the District who promote their Employer Offer to encourage local businesses to offer positions to unemployed jobseekers. Employer Advisers also provide recruitment advice to local businesses including;

  • developing pre-employment training (specific to the job requirements) for people that need it
  • agreeing new ways to help people work in businesses, e.g. by offering flexible working patterns
  • giving existing employees the chance to mentor people who want to work
  • reviewing recruitment processes to make sure they don't exclude anyone unnecessarily
  • Using Universal Jobmatch to advertise jobs and search for jobseekers whose CVs match.

Jobcentre Plus in the East and South East Scotland offers a range of training opportunities, including sector based work academies.

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