This time last year a search on Universal Jobmatch for vacancies in Norwich over a 3 day period yielded 40 pages of results (approx 1,000 jobs)
Today: using exactly the same search criteria; 8 pages of results (180 jobs)
Now with all respect to DWP no amount of visits to jobs fairs, work experience placements, training courses, seminars and other initiatves is going to get me closer to finding paid full-time work, especially as an advisor on your flagship Work Programme deemed me as "too old" at 48 years of age four years ago.
I'm now 52 years old with type 2 diabetes and various mental health issues, so in the immortal words of one Vincent K. McMahon I have "no chance in hell" of finding meaningful paid employment. I've had job interviews cut off when employers discovered that I was laid off due to "stress related illness", and in one case had an extremely severe lecturing from one HR person at a caravan park in Trimmingham purely for using public transport! No matter how hard I try, or how much of an effort I make to try and better myself, I keep getting pushed back further and further. It's not just a glass ceiling that I run into, it's a bloody titanium-plated lead wall!
So while it's good news (in a way) when the unemployment rate is down to the lowest it's been for around 42 years, it's getting more difficult to actually find a job as the figures I've quoted above illustrate. And the more knock-backs I get, the less confident I get about getting work.
Thank God I don't have to go through the humiliation of one of those Work Capability Assessments.....