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REC responds to DWP measures

REC responds to DWP measures to help jobseekers.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed the overall aims of the measures announced today by the Department of Work and Pensions designed to help jobseekers and the long-term unemployed get back into work.
While there are some concerns over the real benefits of the golden hello initiative, other measures for providing additional guidance and support to jobseekers are heading in the right direction, the REC believes.
Commenting on todays announcement, Kevin Green, the RECs Chief Executive, says: With regard to the golden hello incentive, the reality is that those employers who are still hiring are looking for job-ready staff and are unlikely to be swayed by the small cash incentive alone.
With regards to the other measures the DWP announced, the feedback from recruiters confirms there is an urgent need for enhancing the support and guidance available to the increasing number of jobseekers especially those at the higher end of the market.  Specialist recruiters can play a key role in providing the necessary support, which is why we welcome the Governments moves to harness this contribution.
Kevin Green concluded: Looking ahead, one of main issues will be how we maximise the opportunities of flexible options such as temporary, contract and interim work. It is vital that the time it takes to re-enter the benefits system does not act as a disincentive to those wanting to take short-term work opportunities which can provide a stepping stone back into the labour market.


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