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500 new jobs at Sellafield

Five hundred new jobs – mainly for locals – are on the way at Sellafield.

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Why do they have to be local, surely this is discrimination?? if your qualifications and skills match and you are willing to move i would rather they beemployed than some of the locals...who may not fit the bill...

Posted by Dave Smith on 7 December 2012 at 15:34

Whilst I am happy to see jobs coming to the area, I am not sure there is any value for money for me an ordinary tax payer. I have four friends who started working for Sellafield Ltd in recent years , Health Physics, Process and Admin, all tell a similar story. They didn't believe the stories about the place before they started but the reality is they could do their jobs in half the time and get bored with the lack of meaningful work. I have no doubt there are some staff there do a full days work but many do not.

Posted by ATaxPayer on 7 December 2012 at 13:28

I do agree that most employers pay their staff an unfairly low wage but I can’t agree that Sellafield wages are realistic. I turned down a job interview at Sellafield for a role starting at £26,000. I left school with only GCSE’s, my highest qualification is a level 2 and I haven’t got any science/nuclear/engineering experience at all. I guess my point is that while it’s fantastic that Sellafield can offer me and others in a similar situation the opportunity to earn a wage like this, a lot of the time the money is the only thing drawing people in. A large number of skilled and qualified people in our area can’t easily get a foot in the door with Sellafield because of those people who work there solely for the money. Those are the people that don’t do anything on a day to day basis and sit twiddling their thumbs trying to look busy, but if they can get away with it who would blame them! I think it takes a lot of courage for someone to leave a job at Sellafield because they weren’t suited to it or because they didn’t want to become trapped by what they earn!

Posted by Beth on 7 December 2012 at 12:09

Nice to see they are making future workers prove they are capable of passing the Nuclear Fundamentals course. Maybe they should ask current employees to pass this course, I would like to know how many would pass. Some that are paid vast sums who work shifts would struggle to get a job in Mcdonalds !!

Posted by john holmes on 7 December 2012 at 11:06

Good news but I wish they were a bit more flexible on the qualifications

Posted by anon on 7 December 2012 at 07:41

Having read all the letters sent in may i remind Copeland Councillor Elaine Woodburn and MP Jamie Reed, along with all others, that the wind blows farther, and past, the Copeland area, what about Allerdale and My Hometown Maryport, along with Workington - Cockermouth etc,and South Cumbria, the actual jobs "being created" are simply propoganda to appease the local, and the international media, "Bah Humbug" to BNFL, of BNG ?? or whatever they are called now,as for Lee He is rather sadly correct, i worked there for several years in a Supervisory role contracting and it simply used to "grate" Me seeing the Taxpayers money being wasted, i now work in the Middle East and have done for 8 years, hope fully i will never have to go back there to work, however i know dozens, if not hundreds of good Local Lads who would love too work there but due to where they live ( not in Copeland ) they probably never will.

Posted by Kevin Winn on 7 December 2012 at 07:15

Great news, now everyone who is on minimum wage or just above along with all others will be applying for these jobs, an employer that actually pays a realistic wage as opposed a pittance than many employers pay.

Posted by Andrew on 6 December 2012 at 23:23

yipeee another 500 cars to help gridlock the road from whitehaven to sellafield twice a day

Posted by pete on 6 December 2012 at 21:22

Excellent news and I have submitted an online application to Sellafield already ( after two attempts because my computer crashed).

Posted by Glenn on 6 December 2012 at 20:04

Nice to see Ms Woodburn on TV tonight... claiming credit again.

Posted by Ghost on 6 December 2012 at 19:12

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