REC supports attempts to limit the NICs rise
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has responded to Conservative Party plans to cancel a one per cent rise in National Insurance contributions due to come into force in April next year.
Kevin Green, the RECs Chief Executive, said: "The recruitment industry is at the sharp end of the labour market. Any increase on employers' contributions to National Insurance will result in onward costs in the supply of the one million temporary and contract workers we find jobs for every week. The planned rise will certainly reduce the numbers of staff employers hire.
We welcome the attempts by the Conservative Party to cancel this rise for the lowest earners. We call on all political parties to actively look for incentives to get people into work, rather than putting up barriers to raising employment levels. The REC will continue to push for the complete removal of NICs increase."
The REC is part of a coalition of business bodies including the British Chamber of Commerce, the CBI and the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development who are campaigning against the rise in National Insurance contributions. The joint campaign petition is at: http://www.no-nics-rise.co.uk/
The REC founded a Youth Employment Taskforce to look for ways to get young people into work which includes an examination of the tax environment for hiring new starters. It will be reporting by June this year.