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HAYS CALLS ON THE ELECTED GOVERNMENT TO FREEZE NICs

HAYS CALLS ON THE ELECTED GOVERNMENT TO FREEZE NICs
AND DECLARE A MORATORIUM ON FURTHER EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION

Hays plc, the worlds leading specialist recruiting group, has published its first Manifesto for Employment detailing the serious shortcomings is sees in Britains jobs market and detailing a nine point plan that it believes any incoming government should adopt to tackle them.

From its unrivalled position as Britains largest recruiting group that last year placed 50,000 professional people in permanent jobs and a further 300,000 in temporary assignments, Hays has undertaken a wide-ranging review of the employment market in Britain.It concludes that Britain has been steadily losing its competitive position as a centre of employment. Consequently, employment in Britain now sits at a 13 year low and employers face numerous disincentives in terms of hiring new staff, including rising taxes, ever-increasing red tape and serious skill shortages at all levels in the workplace.

Working with Reform, the independent think tank, the group has produced a set of proposals and will present them to politicians and policy leaders at a keynote forum in London this morning.

The nine point proposals are:

Commit to freezing and then reducing employers National Insurance Contributions
Limit the impact of the EUs Agency Workers Directive
Call a moratorium on new employment legislation
Provide a first-class education system, which equips all school leavers with basic skills and a commercial understanding
Realign further education with the strategic focus of the economy. Give the business community an advisory role in university course and curriculum provision
Increase government funding for apprenticeships, raising their status with employers and improving uptake from school leavers wishing to pursue a vocational route into employment
Introduce commercial disciplines and improve management in the public sector to cope effectively with imminent budget cuts and the likely significant scale of change required
Reconfigure Jobcentre Plus to suit real job seeker needs
Tie immigration quotas more closely to skill needs

Alistair Cox, Chief Executive of Hays, said his company was more than happy to work with all the major political parties to improve their understanding of the jobs market and employers needs using their daily feedback and data from their thousands of clients across the country.

He said: At Hays we have a panoramic view of what is happening at the sharp end of the employment market, and we felt it was so important at this moment, before the General Election, to set out what our clients are calling for to help them in getting the country back to work.

Britain needs to change its attitudes and support for employment to secure a more prosperous future. The statistics say it all there are more than 8 million non-working adults in this country and yet many of the employers we speak to daily are suffering severe shortages of staff with the appropriate skills. This cannot be the foundation for a vibrant and competitive economy.

We look forward to seeing the elected Government make employment its number one priority as it sets out its policies.

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