David Cameron will announce the creation of nearly 10,000 new jobs in Britain as he continues a four-day tour of businesses across the country.
Birmingham Airport accounts for the bulk of the posts, with 4,000 jobs on site and the same amount again in the supply chain, as a result of a revamp that includes a £40 million extended runway due to be operational next month.
Communications giant Vodafone is taking on an extra 1,400 staff while Accenture, a glob al management consulting firm, is hiring 500 more staff. The announcements will provide a boost to the Prime Minister as he attempts to explain the measures unveiled in last month's budget during his "economy-focused" tour that started yesterday at a branch of John Lewis in Greater Manchester.
Mr Cameron will hold a PM Direct - a question and answer format with small audiences he started while leader of the opposition - with workers he meets today to press home the changes to corporate and personal finance he has pushed through. The PM will insist that business tax reforms that are coming into force will help firms hire more people and claim that the jobs announcements are further proof that the Coalition's economic plan is working.
He will also be keen to highlight changes to the income tax personal allowance threshold, which is being raised from £9,440 to £10,000, and reforms to the Employment Allowance that the Government says will give 1.25 million businesses and charities up to £2,000 off their National Insurance Contributions. Ahead of the visits, Mr Cameron said: "A key part of our long-term economic plan is to create jobs and to cut taxes.
"So I am delighted that in the week where we are cutting tax for 26 million hard-working people - and now taking three million out of tax altogether - I can announce nearly 10,000 more jobs which will give people financial security for the future."
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