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Hastings Direct to create 200 new jobs this year

Hastings Direct to create 200 new jobs this yearAccording to The Recruiter, insurance retailer Hastings Direct has announced that it will be creating 200 new jobs this year.

The new jobs are thanks to the continued growth from its car, home, van and bike insurance divisions and the company is also planning to start college and university leaver job schemes, although these wont begin until later in the year.

The company released a statement which said: The new positions will come “across the jobs spectrum from entry level to senior management”.

The 200 jobs created this year will be on top of the 400 new jobs that were created in 2011 when the company trebled its profits and grew by 30%.

All applicants must be aged over 18, and the firm says it is open to consider job sharing and part-time workers.

Amanda Menahem, the firm’s HR director, told The Recruiter: “As our business expands, we need to fill roles in all areas from finance to facilities, IT, marketing and our call centres.

“We are committed to growing our people and continue to invest heavily in staff development; we have doubled our leadership and development programme and will create college leaver and graduate schemes later in the year.”

High-end job sectors have high demand for staff

High-end jobs sectors currently have a strong demand for staff, according to benefits specialist Thomsons Online Benefits. Human resources professionals have said that some employers could dial up their staff benefits in an attempt to attract new talent.

The recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) was told by a number of experts that the jobs market will continue to vary by region and sector in 2012, but the high-end sectors will show strong demand for staff.

West Midlands regional director for the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, Philip Delaloye, said that the engineering sector will see plenty of job creation.

He also mentioned that in his area, Jaguar Land Rover are currently planning to employ hundreds more staff in its Solihull site and are looking to potentially build a new engine plant in Wolverhampton, which will, in turn, create even more jobs.

The expert also looked at the aerospace industry; new technology and renewable businesses which will contribute to job creation.

“In these high-end and high-skilled sectors employers will be looking for both contract and permanent engineers. This is certainly the feedback we are getting from a number of clients in the Midlands and the south of England,” Mr Delaloye told Thompsons Online Benefits.

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