Job Losses in Aberdeen and the Effects on Students

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A hard hit Aberdeen has been left with hundreds jobless. According to the BBC 40,000 jobs are expected to be lost within the oil industry in 2016. With our favourite restaurants and shop chains leaving the streets, many students relying on part-time jobs to fund their accommodation, the cost of living and University are feeling the pressure. 

 

With restaurants Apache Spur, La Tasca and The Royal Hotel having closed their doors, jobs are becoming harder to find. With many businesses prioritising full-time over part time, students struggle to find jobs to suit their schedules. 

 

Large brands such as House of Fraser and Bhs have also left Aberdeen, with House of Fraser shutting its doors for the second time in the Granite City after closing back in 2003. 

 

Students forced to look elsewhere for jobs are looking to companies such as Deliveroo and cleaning services where part-time, flexible hours are offered and more suited to the student timetable.

 

Co-owner of cleaning company Ruby Cleans Jen Montgomerie said, “We have many jobs that would suit a student who wants to make money and work around study time”

 

With the city seeing the opening of new restaurants such as Five Guys and Byron Burger replacing Apache Spur, more jobs are becoming available. However with the increased competition for these jobs and ongoing money problems life can be hard for a student.

 

There is help available though. RGU provides a great amount of services and support including events such as part-time job fairs.

 

If you feel you need any support The Student Help Point is located on Level 3 of the Faculty of Health and Social Care Building. Or you can call them on 01224 262120 to make an appointment. 

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