Director attacks benefits system

This Is Lancashire: A car company director has said many unemployed people lack motivation when they come in for a job interview A car company director has said many unemployed people lack motivation when they come in for a job interview

A company director has criticised the benefits system after his firm offered jobs to seven unemployed people - and not one turned up for their first day.

Stefan Black, of Car Smart in Hersden, near Canterbury, Kent, said five of the potential employees told him they were better off on welfare handouts. With 2.65 million people out of work, Mr Black said he was shocked by the lack of motivation, and blamed the benefits system for not providing enough incentive for people to work.

Mr Black, 39, said: "We sent all the successful applicants a script to learn, details of their pay structure, hours and breaks, as well as directions on how to get here. We spent time setting up folders for them - yet not one had the decency to phone in to say they weren't coming.

"We got on the phones to ask where they were but got no answer from most of them until we withheld our phone numbers. I spoke to one girl who said her dad told her it wasn't economically viable to come to work and that she would be better off on the dole, which left me flabbergasted.

"My colleague rang another who said, 'Oh, it's raining. Sorry'. Another guy phoned in at about 12.45pm and said, 'Oh, sorry - I overslept'. The underlying message from most of them was that coming into work wasn't worth their time, and that they were worried they were going to lose their benefits."

Mr Black said the firm, an independent online marketing portal for car dealers in the South East, was expanding and looking to fill telemarketing positions. Employees receive a basic retainer of £100 a week initially and are enrolled on to the company's commission structure, which could see earnings rise to up to £350 a week.

Mr Black said: "After that, the sky's the limit and there is money to be earned. It's a nice working environment, with lovely offices and new computers. All they had to do was turn up."

He added that the lack of motivation in some candidates was evident from the way they dressed at interview, and that it was frustrating for them as a small, expanding business.

He said: "One man turned up unshaven, dressed in a long leather trench coat and a hat with shark's teeth round the edge of it. He looked like Slash from Guns and Roses. As soon as he walked in for the interview he said: 'How long's this going to take? I've got band practice at one o'clock."

Mr Black went on: "For some people, they would rather sit at home and play PlayStation rather than interact and build their social skills. It's a toxic virus that's affecting the whole employment market."

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12:31pm Thu 26 Apr 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

ring the dole office with their details and tell them that you offered them employment but they didn't turn up. I doubt the dole office will be too impressed and will probably penalise the people involved.
ring the dole office with their details and tell them that you offered them employment but they didn't turn up. I doubt the dole office will be too impressed and will probably penalise the people involved. The Cater Wood Creeper

12:40pm Thu 26 Apr 12

macbeth101 says...

I think after 6 months on the dole people should have to do some half-day mon-fri community work in order to keep getting their dole money. As well as helping the community it will encourage a work ethic, and prevent people from claiming dole money while doing cash-in-hand jobs. And no I'm not a rightwinger wanting a return to the workhouses, I usually vote libdem.
I think after 6 months on the dole people should have to do some half-day mon-fri community work in order to keep getting their dole money. As well as helping the community it will encourage a work ethic, and prevent people from claiming dole money while doing cash-in-hand jobs. And no I'm not a rightwinger wanting a return to the workhouses, I usually vote libdem. macbeth101

12:45pm Thu 26 Apr 12

GorillaGirl209` says...

'Mr Black said the firm, an independent online marketing portal for car dealers in the South East, was expanding and looking to fill telemarketing positions.'


Sounds as if the wages are so bad that people won't come to work at this telephone call centre cold-selling cars for him – has he considered paying their bus fares for them – maybe then it would be a non-loss maker for them?
'Mr Black said the firm, an independent online marketing portal for car dealers in the South East, was expanding and looking to fill telemarketing positions.' Sounds as if the wages are so bad that people won't come to work at this telephone call centre cold-selling cars for him – has he considered paying their bus fares for them – maybe then it would be a non-loss maker for them? GorillaGirl209`

12:45pm Thu 26 Apr 12

GorillaGirl209` says...

'Mr Black said the firm, an independent online marketing portal for car dealers in the South East, was expanding and looking to fill telemarketing positions.'


Sounds as if the wages are so bad that people won't come to work at this telephone call centre cold-selling cars for him – has he considered paying their bus fares for them – maybe then it would be a non-loss maker for them?
'Mr Black said the firm, an independent online marketing portal for car dealers in the South East, was expanding and looking to fill telemarketing positions.' Sounds as if the wages are so bad that people won't come to work at this telephone call centre cold-selling cars for him – has he considered paying their bus fares for them – maybe then it would be a non-loss maker for them? GorillaGirl209`

12:46pm Thu 26 Apr 12

On the inside says...

If they were only prepared to guarantee £100pw that means they were either only offering them 16hrs a week, (hardly a proper job), or paying under half the minimum wage (clearly unlawful). Offer people real jobs on real wages before you start bellyaching.
If they were only prepared to guarantee £100pw that means they were either only offering them 16hrs a week, (hardly a proper job), or paying under half the minimum wage (clearly unlawful). Offer people real jobs on real wages before you start bellyaching. On the inside

12:59pm Thu 26 Apr 12

GorillaGirl209` says...

On the inside wrote:
If they were only prepared to guarantee £100pw that means they were either only offering them 16hrs a week, (hardly a proper job), or paying under half the minimum wage (clearly unlawful). Offer people real jobs on real wages before you start bellyaching.
Well put ‘On the inside’ -

'I spoke to one girl who said her dad told her it wasn't economically viable to come to work and that she would be better off on the dole, which left me flabbergasted.'

This is what her DAD told her – not her immature boyfriend or her younger brother or sister - ‘not economically viable’ - I would say her dad was right and doing what a good father should do. People like Mr Black become invisible in a buoyant job market - their opinions are without purpose when people can get a job without difficulty and people like him disappear when people can’t be forced into exploitation.
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: If they were only prepared to guarantee £100pw that means they were either only offering them 16hrs a week, (hardly a proper job), or paying under half the minimum wage (clearly unlawful). Offer people real jobs on real wages before you start bellyaching.[/p][/quote]Well put ‘On the inside’ - 'I spoke to one girl who said her dad told her it wasn't economically viable to come to work and that she would be better off on the dole, which left me flabbergasted.' This is what her DAD told her – not her immature boyfriend or her younger brother or sister - ‘not economically viable’ - I would say her dad was right and doing what a good father should do. People like Mr Black become invisible in a buoyant job market - their opinions are without purpose when people can get a job without difficulty and people like him disappear when people can’t be forced into exploitation. GorillaGirl209`

1:01pm Thu 26 Apr 12

GorillaGirl209` says...

Is he a 'director' - you know like Mervyn King, or the MD of British Petroleum, or is he a small garage owner?
Is he a 'director' - you know like Mervyn King, or the MD of British Petroleum, or is he a small garage owner? GorillaGirl209`

1:01pm Thu 26 Apr 12

GorillaGirl209` says...

Is he a 'director' - you know like Mervyn King, or the MD of British Petroleum, or is he a small garage owner?
Is he a 'director' - you know like Mervyn King, or the MD of British Petroleum, or is he a small garage owner? GorillaGirl209`

3:00pm Thu 26 Apr 12

YorkToff says...

I thought there are plenty of Polish workers to fill vacancies.

Also £100 a week on trial with a possibility of a job based on commission.

People want real permanent work and these applicants may not in the end have been suitable.

The Tonight programme recently on ITV had another boss moaning on.

They got four applicants to turn up on camera, they had an interview and he told three they were not suitable but gave one a trial.

Fussy bosses paying low wages or what?
I thought there are plenty of Polish workers to fill vacancies. Also £100 a week on trial with a possibility of a job based on commission. People want real permanent work and these applicants may not in the end have been suitable. The Tonight programme recently on ITV had another boss moaning on. They got four applicants to turn up on camera, they had an interview and he told three they were not suitable but gave one a trial. Fussy bosses paying low wages or what? YorkToff

3:10pm Thu 26 Apr 12

delboy1977 says...

I now many people that dont work because they are better of on the dole !! its a fact in this country !!! and has been for years !! if your a woman and you have a few kids its like winning the lottery !!
I now many people that dont work because they are better of on the dole !! its a fact in this country !!! and has been for years !! if your a woman and you have a few kids its like winning the lottery !! delboy1977

4:57pm Thu 26 Apr 12

25414nora says...

By all accounts there are some 100 people chasing every job vacancy in the south east (Kent)...Clearly not one person is overly impressed with Mr Stefan Blacks paltry offerings. He must be an absolute 'dope' if he's not getting the message..One wonders if this 'company director' earned his stripes in some south african township community..
By all accounts there are some 100 people chasing every job vacancy in the south east (Kent)...Clearly not one person is overly impressed with Mr Stefan Blacks paltry offerings. He must be an absolute 'dope' if he's not getting the message..One wonders if this 'company director' earned his stripes in some south african township community.. 25414nora
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