JOBCENTRES are working with employers to fill a "range of vacancies" across all sectors in Fife.

In this area, Mowi in Rosyth are looking for production and logistics operators, Sky are recruiting customer sales advisers while other firms and organisations are boosting their workforce numbers actively in the run-up to Christmas.

Phil Martin, employer manager for Fife and jobcentre spokesperson, said: “Jobcentre work coaches are busy focusing on helping employers fill their seasonal and permanent vacancies in hospitality, retail, adult social care, logistics and engineering/production.

"The changes to Universal Credit and the older workers’ offer means we can help even more claimants receive intensive support, to help them get into work and seize opportunities to increase their job prospects and pay.

"Our DWP ‘Find a Job’ website signposts people to jobs, where thousands of jobs are on offer.”

In October, the claimant count in Fife – which includes those who are on Job Seekers Allowance and people searching for work who are on Universal Credit – stood at 7,795.

This was a fall of 2,730 (26 per cent) from a year ago.

Across Scotland, the number of people employed is at a record high of 2.705 million, up 37,000 from last year.

The number of people unemployed is 98,000, down 16,000.

Dunfermline Jobcentre is working with Springboard, delivering a hospitality skills academy to help fill vacancies in West Fife. It started last week with 12 participants.

This is Older Workers Week and the jobcentres in Fife are working with employers to offer mini jobs fairs, group information sessions and one-to-one interviews for customers aged 50-plus.

There is also the Fife Online Jobs Fair – held each month and consisting of 30 vacancies being shared, one each minute over a 30-minute period.

The next one is today (Thursday) at 11am. There's more information on Twitter at @JCPinNorthScot

Mr Martin said: "From opportunities in jobcentres to skills academies for people considering a new career, there’s a huge amount of help available, and our work coaches are working tirelessly to get people at any age, or career stage, into rewarding and stable employment.”