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Civil Service To Create 500 New Jobs In Stoke-on-Trent

04 Jan 2019

Civil Service To Create 500 New Jobs In Stoke-on-Trent

Over 500 new Stoke-on-Trent jobs are to be created by the UK’s Civil Service by a new Government centre in the Staffordshire city.

The jobs will be created by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), starting with 100 vacancies this month and a further 400 positions to be filled before the end of May 2019.

The new recruits will help the Government courts department to transition from paper-based systems to digital and online systems. Dealing with everything from speeding fines to divorce proceedings, the new staff in Stoke-on-Trent processes online queries and handle telephone calls from the public and businesses.

Announcing the new jobs, a spokesperson for HMCTS said: “We are pleased to be opening our first Court and Tribunals Service Centre in Stoke-on-Trent next month and we expect to have around 500 staff working there by the summer. Court and Tribunals Service Centres are a key part of our £1 billion reform programme ensuring we deliver a better service for all court users.”

The chief executive of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, Sara Williams, described the jobs bonanza as a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for the city, adding: “Investment such as this is a great way to put Stoke-on-Trent on the map and is a real support structure for local people.”

Not everyone is ecstatic about the announcement though, with the Chief Executive of Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau, Simon Harris, worrying about the user-friendliness of the system.

“The courts and tribunal service is keen on putting justice online and that’s fine for people who can engage with it. But there is a risk people who can’t or don’t have the skills - or have poor English - could be exploited,” said Mr Harris.

“Of course, creating 500 jobs in Stoke-on-Trent at this time is brilliant,” conceded the Chief Executive.

Gareth Snell, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, was also unsure about the nature of the new positions, saying: “If these will be secure, well paid civil service jobs then it will be a good thing for the city. It is a lot of jobs - but we have to wonder whether they are new or just replacing others.”

We have loads of full and part time jobs to be filled in this part of Staffordshire at the moment. If you are currently in the market for work, then send off an application or two today for one of these great jobs in Stoke-on-Trent.

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