The number of people registered unemployed fell again in October, down 39 to 326. This has also dropped by 471 people compared to the same month last year (October 2020).

The unemployment rate for October 2021 is 0.8%, down from 0.9% in September 2021.

The International Labour Organisation estimates that 771 individuals are unemployed and looking for work in October 2021 compared with 810 in September 2021. This amounts to an unemployment rate of 1.8%. Through the month, 1,175 job vacancies were notified to the Job Centre, which is a decrease of 43 compared to the previous month (September 2021). At the end of the month, 951 remained. Of these, 64% (608) were full time positions and 36% (343) were part time.

The highest number of vacancies are in retail, catering and medical services.

Liverpool Taxi Driver

The wife of a taxi driver who survived an explosion from inside his cab has said he is ‘lucky to be alive’. David Perry was injured when a homemade bomb exploded shortly after he pulled up outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday. The passenger, who is believed to have brought the device into the taxi, died at the scene. Posting on Facebook, his wife Rachel said it had been ‘an utter miracle’ that he had escaped from the vehicle. She said she felt ‘some guardian angels’ had been looking over him. Ms Perry also thanked the ‘amazing staff, doctors and nurses’ at the hospital and the police officers and detectives ‘who have been looking after us’.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Isle Listen are offering a series of sessions specifically for parents/carers of both Primary and Secondary aged pupils, designed to help the mental wellbeing of young people and their families. They will also be offering drop ins for parents/carers to discuss any personal concerns you may have about your child. Sessions can be booked here. The sessions are free (with the option to make a donation to Isle Listen).

Debt Advice

People who find themselves facing financial difficulty are reminded that they can access a free and confidential Debt Counselling Service in the Isle of Man. The upcoming festive season can be difficult, especially for those who are facing money problems. From residents who may be feeling the ongoing impact of the pandemic, increasing energy costs or trying to find money for presents, getting into debt can happen to anyone. 

John Peet, Head of OFT said: ‘It’s important that mounting debt is not ignored, and anyone who is struggling should not be embarrassed, we’re here to help if we can. The service aims to help find a way to move forward from debt, whether that’s by assisting with budget planning, giving repayment plan advice tailored to individual circumstances or exploring other options.’

The service does not provide direct financial help although it can steer people to funds which may be able to assist, while providing the self-help tools necessary to let people take control of their finances and hopefully find a way out of crisis. People can contact the service by emailing debt@gov.im, by calling (01624) 686500 or through the OFT website.

Rushen Heritage Trust

Historian Charles Guard will get Rushen Heritage Trust’s new season of talks underway when he delves into stories of the Isle of Man during World War II.

In his illustrated talk ‘The Island at War’, Charles will take the audience back in time to World War II as he recounts tales of radar stations, secret training, rationing, airfields, refugees from Liverpool and much more – and the talk will also include a look at the Isle of Man’s fortifications over the last 3,000 years.

Each of the Trust’s 2021-22 season of talks takes place at Erin Arts Centre, with ‘The Island at War’ starting at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) on Monday, December 6.

Tickets are £5 – or £4 for Friends of Rushen Heritage Trust – and available online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/isle-of-man/erin-arts-centre or from Erin Arts Centre, Bridge Bookshop and Erin News (all Port Erin) and Calvert Newsagents (Port St Mary).

Doreen Moule, Chair of RHT, said: ‘This will be the third illustrated talk Charles has given for us, following the Calf of Man lighthouses two years ago and last year’s tales from his experiences filming around the Isle of Man, both of which were superb. His reputation as a historian is second to none and he is a naturally gifted raconteur, always bringing such depth and colour to his talks. Tickets are sure to go quickly, so make sure you don’t miss out!’

Make a date in your diaries for the other talks in the 2021-22 season:

•          January 10 – Allison Fox: Around the South in 30 Artefacts

•          February 7 – Dave Martin: New Light on Mann – LiDAR and other digital archaeology on the Island

•          March 7 – Angela Little: 150 years of the Education Act (1872)

•          April 11 – Peter Kelly: A Postcard Tour of the Isle of Man

Shell Moving

Royal Dutch Shell has announced a plan to move its headquarters to the UK as part of proposals to simplify the company’s structure. The oil giant will ask shareholders to vote on shifting its tax residence from the Netherlands to the UK. It also wants to do away with its dual share structure in favour of just one class of shares to boost ‘the speed and flexibility’ of shareholder payouts. Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurden, will relocate to the UK. The company’s chief financial officer, Jessica Uhl, will also move, alongside seven other senior employees.

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