More than 1,100 people visit Christmas jobs fair

The job fair took place at the Town House
The job fair took place at the Town House

Jobseekers queued round the block in the hunt for one of 550 new roles up for grabs for Christmas.

Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Job Centre held a jobs fair at the Town House yesterday morning and 1,171 people turned up.

The three-hour event came on the day it was revealed that 3,325 people were looking for work in the city as of September – 1.6% fewer than September 2016.

There were 2,080 jobseekers in Aberdeenshire in September, which is a 1.1% fall on last September.

The jobs fair attracted 33 companies, including ASDA, First and Marks & Spencer.

Some firms shut their stalls early as they had run out of application forms and filled all their vacancies.

Alistair Wilson, senior consultant at dh Recruitment, was running a stall.

He said: “It’s been brilliant. We’ve attended these events in the past and they’ve been a bit drab but this one has been very busy. We’d come to events like this every time if they were as good as this one.”

Rafael Cortes, 26, finished a masters degree in renewable energy engineering at the University of Aberdeen in the summer and is looking for work after coming back from travelling.

He said: “This was a great chance for me to meet people and see what job opportunities are around. Sometimes when you are looking for work online it’s easy to get confused but talking to people face-to-face helps a lot.”

Shonagh Neave, work coach team leader at Aberdeen Job Centre, said: “This is the largest jobs fair in many years and we have spent several months preparing our customers for it.

“Though some jobs are temporary, it boosts people’s experience and CVs and helps them get full-time work.”