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LATEST JOBLESS FIGURES - REC RESPONSE

LATEST JOBLESS FIGURES - REC RESPONSE

The latest unemployment figures released today show the smallest rise in the jobless total since mid 2008 and a decrease in the number of benefit claimants.

Commenting on the latest ONS data, REC Chief Executive, Kevin Green says: "The latest figures confirm that life is returning to the UK jobs market and is consistent with our own Report on Jobs which shows demand for staff at its highest level for two years. Despite this more positive picture, the reality is that unemployment will continue to edge upwards well into next year which is why we need a real focus on helping those out of work - in particular, the million-plus young jobseekers. The recently published White Paper must deliver tangible help on the ground and must lead to increasing cooperation between public employment services and private sector recruitment professionals.

Looking ahead, we call on the Government to ensure that forthcoming employment regulation, increased National Insurance contributions for employers and public expenditure cuts do not hinder the fragile recovery of the UK labour market."

Kevin Green was interviewed live on the BBC News Channel this morning to give the industrys initial reaction as the latest figures were published.

The latest REC/KPMG Report on Jobs showed that the demand for permanent staff had risen to its highest level for 28 months. The REC Jobs Outlook - which looks ahead at hiring intentions confirmed that employer confidence is rising and that an increasing number of businesses expect to increase their recruitment activity over the coming year.

The REC recently launched its Youth Employment Taskforce which is a coalition of employers, professional recruiters and welfare providers and is chaired by Baroness Prosser, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The Taskforce will make practical recommendations based on the feedback of recruiters and employers who are in the front line of the UK jobs market.

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