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Leading logistics consultancy, Davies & Robson is witnessing an upturn in enquiries and activity in the employment and consultancy market this summer holiday period - a time when little decision-making usually takes place. 
Despite recent reports of recovery in the jobs market stalling in the last three months, Davies & Robson has trebled the number of interim managers on contract compared with the same period last year whilst the company has assisted companies including ghd, AKW Medicare and Fisher Outdoor with their recruitment requirements as part of wider supply chain consultancy projects.
This optimism is borne out by both the fall in unemployment figures reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the small print in the CIPDs labour market announcement earlier this week indicating that the hiring intentions in the private sector remain positive at 19 index points. 
As a consequence of the recession, the movement of people came to an abrupt halt at the same time as the market was flooded with candidates, some of them very good, and Davies & Robson has registered in excess of 1,500 candidates in the last 12 months.
Despite the return to economic growth in the last quarter of 2009, confidence has been slow to build, compounded by the uncertainty surrounding the general election and the subsequent emergency budget, with feedback from company directors indicating that any investment decisions would be postponed until the impact of the budget was known.
However, according to Davies & Robson. an immediate increase in recruitment enquiries and appointments following the budget, which has continued into August, suggests that the Governments plans have been widely well received in the private sector. 
Davies & Robsons Recruitment Specialist, John Cashmore says: The summer months and more specifically, the school holidays are notoriously quiet in the recruitment sector but this year has seen an unprecedented number of enquiries from organisations in sectors including third party logistics, parcel distribution, manufacturing, leisure, pharmaceuticals and FMCG. 
Against the backdrop of spending and job cuts in public sector services, private sector supply chain recruitment has picked up dramatically. As the mechanism for handling and transporting goods for retailers and service providers, the supply chain is a telling indicator of the health of industry in general, and this increase in investment in consultancy and recruitment is a good news story amongst background noise of a double dip recession.


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