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REC reaction to legislation programme

REC reaction to legislation programme announced in Queens Speech

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has responded to the overall legislative programme announced in the Queens Speech this morning.

REC Chief Executive Kevin Green said: Safeguarding jobs and tackling youth unemployment must remain the number one priority. If we want to make a real difference for jobseekers on the ground, we need to look at new ways of providing support and building effective bridges into the world of work - in particular by continuing to enhance co-operation between public and private sector providers.

It is also vital that the Government takes an approach to skills policy which prepares Britain for the upturn. There were also plans to introduce legislation to ensure equal treatment for agency workers but this will not take affect until October 2011. It is crucial that these regulations do not add cost and bureaucracy to the recruitment process as this would go against the Government's job creation objectives.

On reducing the public deficit Kevin Green continues: "In the longer term, the budget deficit must be reduced but this pressing need should be balanced against that of keeping people in work. Our members have been balancing the reduction of the supply of workers into the private sector with those in the public sector. We need to see an upturn in the private sector jobs market if the recovery is going to be sustainable."

On the Equality Bill Kevin Green said: "Proposals on reporting gender pay differences should not clog up companies with added bureaucracy when they are trying to re-staff as we pull out of recession. These measures need to be proportionate and effective. Simply reporting gender pay differences will not help to create more high quality flexible working, which could give many women a more effective route back into the labour market."

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