REC Wales takes forward industry voice
REC Wales takes forward industry voice with key employer bodies
The latest meeting of the REC Wales Employment Policy Forum included discussions with leading business organisations and Jobcentre Plus officials on the current state of the jobs market and on practical measures for helping jobseekers.
Representatives from CBI Wales and the Institute of Directors (IOD) Wales also flagged up some of the key priorities for employers in the principality and provided positive feedback on REC initiatives such as the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP).
With regards to the general labour market outlook in Wales, recruiters are reporting definite signs of improvement in terms of demand for staff - even in hard-hit sectors such as construction and financial services. However, there continues to be real pressure on margins as well as concerns over how expenditure cuts will impact on public sector recruitment.
Commenting on the outcome of the latest Employment Policy Forum, Philippa George, Director of REC Wales said:
"This meeting was a step change for REC Wales in bringing together leading business organisations and Jobcentre Plus representatives to discuss the challenges facing employers, agencies and jobseekers in Wales. There has never been a more important time to explore common ground on specific issues such as skills, barriers to job-creation and forthcoming regulations. Building the relationships with other business bodies is part of our ongoing work to amplify the industry's voice in Wales."